ERIC Number: ED452906
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2001
Reference Count: N/A
Creating a Sophomore Capstone Experience in the Community College.
Jensen, Victoria; Wenzel, Alan
This paper describes the development of an outcomes assessment project called Capstone at Highland Community College (Illinois). Highland Community College needed an assessment for outcomes and competencies not measurable with a standardized test or a survey. The college created a seminar-like course, Capstone, which would provide faculty with an opportunity to observe the extent to which students would demonstrate or apply general education skills, such as the ability to discuss issues with peers, make independent decisions, and design, communicate and evaluate an individual and a collaborative project. The college developed and articulated a two-credit, eight-week, tuition-free course, which required students to complete four projects: two in response to prompts; a personal portfolio; and a career project. It also required at least one oral presentation, one written presentation, one team project, one individual project, and one project including numerical support. The course asked students to develop and use rubrics to critique their own work and that of classmates. The students could work on teams to reach shared goals, make independent decisions, and make oral presentations. But they had difficulty discussing issues in depth, tended to focus on detail without establishing a thesis, and demonstrated lack of sophistication in selecting and citing sources. (JA)
Publication Type: Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Highland Community Coll., Freeport, IL.