Learning outcomes assessment in community colleges

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Author: Nunley, Charlene; Bers, Trudy; Manning, Terri

Abstract:

The open access mission of community colleges demands working with individuals with widely varying academic skill levels and diverse educational backgrounds. As a result, learning outcomes assessment in community colleges presents an array of opportunities and challenges distinctive to these institutions and the students that they serve. This paper analyzes the findings from two recent surveys, one of institutional researchers and one of chief academic officers from community colleges, to better understand the state of student learning outcomes assessment in this increasingly important sector. In the context of these findings, the authors discuss the multiple demands for accountability and transparency that characterize the environment within which community colleges operate. They describe assessment approaches used by community colleges and review how institutions can and do use the results. They also provide some examples of good practices in assessment, and suggest some guidelines and cautions for community colleges that are seeking to advance the assessment agenda. The authors encourage community colleges to honestly and openly assess student learning and to use information obtained through the assessment process to improve retention, progression and academic success of students on community college campuses.

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The open access mission of community colleges demands working with individuals with widely varying academic skill levels and diverse educational backgrounds. As a result, learning outcomes assessment in community colleges presents an array of opportunities and challenges distinctive to these institutions and the students that they serve. This paper analyzes the findings from two recent surveys, one of institutional researchers and one of chief academic officers from community colleges, to better understand the state of student learning outcomes assessment in this increasingly important ...  [+] Show more

Subjects: Providers of education and training; Assessment; Outcomes; Research; Participation; Governance; Quality

Keywords: Community college; Outcomes of education and training; Survey; Completion; Accountability; Best practice

Geographic subjects: United States; North America

Published: Champaign, Illinois: National Institute for Learning Outcomes Assessment, University of Illinois, 2011

Physical description: 28 p.

Access item:
http://www.learningoutcomeassessment.org/documents/CommunityCollege.pdf

Series:
National Institute for Learning Outcomes Assessment occasional paper; no. 10

Notes:
On cover: Foreword by Walter Bumphus

Resource type: Occasional paper

Call Number:
TD/TNC 112.505



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