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ERIC Number: ED463413
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2001-Dec
Pages: 13
Abstractor: N/A
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Developing and Implementing Program Outcomes and Assessment Measures for Postsecondary Programs.
Ruhland, Sheila; Brewer, Jerrilyn
With greater demands being placed on postsecondary education as employers report that graduates have inadequate skills, interest has been generated in assessing student academic achievement in reliable and valid ways. A descriptive case study was used to outline the process that has been developed to identify and implement program outcomes for 55 programs at Western Wisconsin Technical College (WWTC). For the purpose of the study, program outcome was defined as a culminating demonstration of learning as applied in the workplace, as well as what is expected of learners who successfully complete all the course work and learning experiences. Program outcomes are identified by faculty, validated by business and industry, communicated to students, and assessed at program completion. The study sought to determine whether there are common program outcomes within each school division and across divisions, how programs are written; the frequency and type of assessment measures identified within each division; and the percentage of outcomes achieved within each division and across all four divisions. The ability to demonstrate effective written and oral communication skills was found to be the most common program outcome within the programs at WWTC, and alternative assessment measures are used as well as paper-and-pencil tests. Additional research was recommended to determine degrees of alignment between faculty and employer perceptions of student success by reviewing division assessment results with the college's employer satisfaction survey results. (Contains 27 references.) (KC)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
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Language: English
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