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ASSESSMENT DATA

The offices of Student Outcomes Assessment (SOA) and Institutional Effectiveness (IE) work together to provide informational services to support decision making at all levels of the college. Various and assorted data are collected, analyzed and disseminated such as student perception and academic success data, enrollment patterns, population trends, budget factors, program efficiency and productivity data, and instructional evaluation. We welcome you to explore the data published on the OIE Homepage. The annually published Program Review Databook will be particularly helpful.

Sound assessment practices incorporate a "triangulation" or drawing on multiple measures. The OIE Homepage and Program Review Databook represent just a portion of the data necessary for successful curriculum planning. Additional data vital for program review include documented input from Advisory Committee members and faculty, findings from locally-designed and nationally-normed surveys, course success rates, and analysis of course-embedded assessment measures such as graded assignments, portfolios, exams, capstone activities, external/juried assignments, and internship feedback. Some programs require courses considered entry, keystone, and capstone which could be targeted by individual programs to be a reasonable point-in-time for pre/post testing.

Another point is that faculty and program administrators most likely have the data required to triangulate and answer the assessment questions of..."What are we trying to do?" and "How are we doing in terms of effectiveness and/or satisfaction?" ...it's simply a matter of making the data collection process a little more systematic and a little more organized, and documenting the results.

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