ERIC Number: ED454911
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2000
Reference Count: N/A
Austin Community College Institutional Effectiveness Assessment Planning Resource Manual.
Austin Community Coll., TX.
This manual from Austin Community College (ACC) (Texas) is a guide for faculty and administrators developing assessment criteria for their students, classes, or programs. It defines the five stages of ACC's assessment process: (1) stating the purpose, wherein the unit or department states its function within the larger context of the college's overall mission; (2) identifying the outcomes the unit intends to achieve and criteria it will use to determine whether those outcomes have been achieved; (3) assessing outcomes--defining the methods by which the unit will assess whether the outcomes criteria have been met and analyzing the data gathered by that methodology; (4) implementing improvements based on outcomes information; and (5) stating the impact the unit's improvements have made on the quality of what it does. Completing all five steps ends one assessment cycle; each successive year, the steps are completed again. The manual recommends that unit members: focus on assessment as a tool for improving the quality of students' educational experiences; add minimally to the already heavy workload, using existing data as much as possible; ensure that attention to institutional effectiveness efforts is not lost by identifying the responsibilities of all involved; and be sensitive to the implications of assessment. Contains a glossary of assessment terms, Bloom's Classification of Cognitive Skills, ACC's mission statement, and an assessment plan template. (EMH)
Publication Type: Guides - Non-Classroom
Education Level: N/A
Audience: Administrators; Practitioners; Teachers
Authoring Institution: Austin Community Coll., TX.