ERIC Number: ED463787
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2001
Reference Count: N/A
Assessing the Effectiveness of Instructional Units. Austin Community College, Fall 2001.
Austin Community Coll., TX. Office of Institutional Effectiveness.
This document describes educational outcomes assessment at Austin Community College (ACC) in Texas, identifying three levels: (1) classroom; (2) course or program; and (3) institutional. ACC's assessment process provides information to enhance the quality of teaching and learning as well as the quality of services offered in support of these goals. The process consists of five steps: (1) stating purpose; (2) identifying outcomes; (3) assessing outcomes; (4) implementing improvements; and (5) stating impact. The author argues that there may be a tendency to create outcomes that describe instructional activities (goals) rather than student learning (outcomes). At a minimum, outcomes statements should describe student behaviors and products that faculty would accept as evidence that learning was achieved. Goals provide the context for outcomes. The author suggests processes by which outcomes can be identified and developed. Among these are the following: make sure there is a linkage between college mission and that of the unit, as well as a linkage between a unit's purpose and the outcome of the program; use faculty discussion sessions and/or surveys to determine unit outcomes; and collect and review outcomes from similar programs and external sources. (NB)
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Austin Community Coll., TX. Office of Institutional Effectiveness.