ERIC Number: EJ847133
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2009-May-29
Reference Count: N/A
How Assessment Works at One Community College
Padron, Eduardo J.
Chronicle of Higher Education, v55 n38 pA34 May 2009
In 2007 the faculty at Miami Dade College joined the student body in signing a covenant "to build a foundation for the success of future students." The event capped a two-year effort on the part of the faculty to articulate the foundations of a 21st-century college education and codify them into 10 clear statements. However, creating a top-10 list of what they want their students to learn was only part of a larger mission--one they began in 2005, in response to a national dialogue on openness and accountability, fostered by the Association of American Colleges and Universities. Since then, their journey has been navigated by various faculty committees that not only developed their list of goals, but are also working to develop assessment tools and curriculum-mapping processes. The next logical step was to measure their success at teaching those essential skills. The president of Miami Dade College discusses its semiannual, collegewide assessment process. Through both collegewide and course-specific assessments, the processes of teaching and learning become more intentional and more open, and both faculty members and students become more accountable.
Descriptors: Community Colleges, Institutional Mission, Educational Objectives, Educational Assessment, Self Evaluation (Groups), Faculty
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Opinion Papers; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Two Year Colleges
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Identifiers - Location: Florida