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PROGRAM ASSESSMENT

Background ~ Deadlines ~ Programs & Deans ~ Completed Reports: 2005-2015 (InsideTCC) ~ Archived Reports: 1987-2007

TCC utilizes a faculty-driven, academic review process, initially implemented in the 1980s and revised in 2004, to assess the effectiveness of student learning. TCC faculty, with assistance from the Office of Institutional Effectiveness staff, identify expected student learning outcomes at both the program and course levels, conduct comprehensive assessmentsw of student achievement of these outcomes, and use the results of these assessments to improve TCC courses and educational programs.

According to the 2012 Edition of the Principles of Accreditation: Foundation for Quality Enhancement, Comprehensive Standard 3.3.1 states, "The institution identifies expected outcomes, assesses the extent to which it achieves these outcomes, and provides evidence of improvement based on analysis of the results in each of the following areas: educational programs, to include student learning outcomes (3.3.1.1); administrative support services (3.3.1.2); educational support services (3.3.1.3); research within its educational mission, if appropriate (3.3.1.4); and community/public service within its educational mission, if appropriate (3.3.1.5). Click here for additional information on SACS accrediting standards.

Essentially, TCC follows commonly accepted practices of institutional effectiveness. The process should be thought of in circular terms to effectively “close the loop.” This process has been constantly refined as faculty members have become more sophisticated in terms of evidence-based assessment.  For instance, in 2012 the college adopted standardized course outlines for all courses that provide faculty with measurable program and general education learning outcomes.  Analysis of data collected from each outcome enable faculty not only to accurately assess student learning but to improve course content and delivery as well.

In an effort to help understand the scope of this process, which effectively evaluates outcomes and uses the results for program improvement, a table of transfer and career and technical degree programs is posted below. This process includes not only programs from both transfer and career/technical programs, but from the natural sciences, arts, health professions, engineering, and other technical programs, as well as programs offered at different campuses and through different delivery methods (traditional face-to-face, online, hybrid). Annual reports are available on the intranet by clicking here.


Deadlines

Required Sections of the Program Assessment Report

Deadline

Purpose Statement Describe the program's purpose (e.g., career and transfer options? skill sets acquired? licensure exams?).

Second Friday in March
(11-12: March 9, 2012)
(12-13: March 8, 2013)
(13-14: March 14, 2014)
(14-15: March 13, 2015)

Student Learning Outcomes List between 3 to 5 learning outcomes students are expected to demonstrate upon graduation. Be program-specific: "Graduates can name the five causes of dizziness." Use behaviorable objectives/measureable verbs: "Graduates can...evaluate, judge, revise, score, select, estimate, choose, measure, design, compose, plan, propose, organize, manage, construct, create, distinguish, compare, test, calculate, relate, apply, operate, use, translate, interpret, sketch, explain, report, recognize, discuss, identify, define, list, name, etc."

Assessment Measures Describe with specificity all assessment measures used to determine student proficiency for EACH student learning outcome. List the course number and name with specific graded assignment: "Pass rate on Final Exam administered in all sections of course ABC 123." Course grades are not appropriate. Must be a direct measure (graded learning activity). Include Performance Target: "At least 80% pass rate on Final Exam administered in all sections of course ABC 123." Multiple measures are appropriate (e.g., pass rates on final exam AND project).

Assessment Results State the findings based on faculty analysis of collected data. (1) Must note trends by comparing data with previous years; (2) identify the concepts which the data suggests students experienced the greatest difficulty in understanding (e.g., "The combined pass rate on the Final Exam administered in all sections of ABC 123 during Fall 2012 and Spring 2013 was 95%, which represented a slight increase from the 91% rate in 2011-12. Data suggests that the concept XYZ continued to present the most difficulty for students to grasp."). (3) Include comparison of preformance between students in online vs. traditional sections, if available: "While the overall pass rate was 95%, students enrolled in online sections performed slightly worse than those in traditional sections."

Last Friday in May
(11-12: May 25, 2012)
(12-13: May 31, 2013)
(13-14: May 30, 2014)
(14-15: May 29, 2015)

Use of Assessment Results Explain and draw conclusions on why students succeeded and why some struggled with the concepts indentified in the Assessment Results section, and state specific actions taken (and to be implemented) to improve student learning (e.g., "To improve student understanding of concept XYZ, faculty began increasing the number and quality of homework assignments specifically targeting XYZ. Initial efforts seems to be effective indicated by the 4% increase in the Final Exam pass rate. Faculty will continue to monitor and refine homework assignments on XYZ."). Address any differences between online and traditional sections: "Faculty found that students enrolled in online sections asked fewer questions so faculty sought to encourage students questions by creating a special discussion forum dedicated to questions and answers." To provide external validity and ensure alignment with industry needs, consider sharing these reports with the program advisory committee.
Last Friday in June
(11-12: June 29, 2012)
(12-13: June 28, 2013)
(13-14: June 27, 2014)
(14-15: June 26, 2015)

Career/Technical Programs

Lead Dean

Provost

1

AAS Administrative Support Technology (298)

Ambrose

Woodhouse

2 AAS Air Conditioning/Heating and Refrigeration (904)

Ambrose

Woodhouse

3

AAS Management (212)

Ambrose

Woodhouse

4

AAS Graphic Design (514)

Rupsch

Woodhouse

5

AAA Studio Arts (532)

Rupsch

Woodhouse

6

AAS ASL-English Interpretation (640)

Perkinson

Rhine

7

AAS Mechatronics (706)

Perkinson

Rhine

8

AAS Horticulture (335)

Perkinson

Rhine

9

AAS Interior Design (520)

Perkinson

Rhine

10 AAS Human Services (480)

Harrell

Boyd

11

AAS Early Childhood Development (636)

Fairchild

Summers

12

AAS Administration of Justice (400)

Fairchild

Summers

13

AAS Fire Science Technology (427)

Fairchild

Summers

14

AAS Civil Engineering Technology (915)

Ekker

Summers

15

AAS Computer Aided Drafting & Design Technology (729)

Ekker

Summers

16

AAS Electronics Technology (981)

Ekker

Summers

17

AAS Industrial Technology (963)

Ekker

Summers

18

AAS Maritime Technology (746)

Ekker

Summers

19

AAS Accounting (203)

McLellan

Summers

20

AAS Information Systems Technology (299)

McLellan

Summers

21

AAS Paralegal Studies (260)

McLellan

Summers

22

AAS Hospitality Management (775)

McLellan

Summers

Transfer Programs

Lead Dean

Provost

23

AA Liberal Arts (648)

Andersen

Summers

24

AS Business Administration (213)

McLellan

Summers

25

AS Engineering (831)

Ekker

Summers

26

AS Science (880)

Frank

Summers

27

AS Social Sciences (882)

Fairchild

Summers

28

AS General Studies (699)

Ragno

Boyd

Professional Accredited Programs

Lead Dean

Provost

29

AAS Automotive Technology (909)

Rubin

Rhine

30

AAS Culinary Arts (242)

Harrell

Boyd

31

AAS Nursing (156)

Eaton

Woodhouse

32

AAS Funeral Services (155)

Fairchild

Summers

33

AAS Diagnostic Medical Sonography (109)

Calogrides

Summers

34

AAS Emergency Medical Services (146)

Calogrides

Summers

35

AAS Health Information Management (152)

Calogrides

Summers

36

AAS Occupational Therapy Assistant (126)

Calogrides

Summers

37

AAS Physical Therapist Assistant (180)

Calogrides

Summers

38

AAS Radiography (172)

Calogrides

Summers

39

AAS Respiratory Therapy (181)

Calogrides

Summers

40

AAS Medical Laboratory Technology (151) Seeking Accreditation

Calogrides

Summers

Certificate Programs

Lead Dean

Provost

41 Welding (995)

Ambrose

Woodhouse

42 General Education (695)    

Career Studies Certificate Programs

Lead Dean

Provost

43 Music (221.529.01) Harrell Boyd
44 Trucking (221.279.02) Ambrose Woodhouse
45 Theatre Arts (221.529.02-04) Stout (Interim) Rhine