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ERIC Number: EJ791180
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2007
Pages: 4
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: N/A
ISSN: ISSN-1041-6099
Using Kansas Study and National Community College Benchmark Project Information for Assessment of General Education
Weed, Ellen J.
Assessment Update, v19 n5 p1-2, 14-15 Sep-Oct 2007
During the 2006 fall semester, Nashville State Technical Community College (NSCC) completed a review of its general education program, including assessment of student success. A major advantage in assessing general education is that a number of measures are available for this purpose. A major disadvantage is that these measures rarely can be tied directly to the curriculum or to improving its impact on student learning. Nashville State, which participates in both the Kansas Study of Community College Instructional Costs and Productivity and the National Community College Benchmark Project, found each of these to be useful tools during the review of the general education program, although they were useful in very different ways. Both tools provide benchmarking capability that can be used in the improvement plans that result from program review. The Kansas Study includes key input measures that provide background information for faculty to take into account in the program review process. Examples of these measures are direct cost of instruction (cost per student credit hour; student-to-faculty ratio; staffing patterns; and faculty productivity. All of these figures are available at the discipline level. The National Community College Benchmark Project (NCCBP) provides information about student success for a limited number of disciplines. The author states that substantive discussions often ensue when faculty receive discipline-specific comparative data from the Kansas Study and the NCCBP. The data provide an objective basis for comparison, clarify the identification of strengths and weaknesses, and enable academic programs to formulate improvement plans. Both the Kansas Study and the NCCBP facilitate the setting of benchmarks in order to assess the success of these improvement plans. (Contains 2 tables.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Higher Education; Two Year Colleges
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: Kansas; Tennessee