About the Academy for Assessment of Student Learning
In June, 2008, the Assessment Team from Glen Oaks Community College attended the Academy for Assessment of Student Learning workshop offered through the Higher Learning Commission to its member institutions. The Assessment Academy provides its participants with a four-year sequence of events and activities designed to focus on assisting institutions in assessing and improving student learning and building an institution-wide commitment to assessment of student learning.
Glen Oaks Student Learning Outcomes
Glen Oaks Community College strives to help students develop the ability over their lifetime to do the following:
- Acquire and apply the knowledge and skills appropriate for career and personal goals.
- Communicate effectively through reading, writing, speaking, listening, and visual/nonverbal skills.
- Embrace and apply lifelong learning.
- Engage in healthy physical, intellectual, emotional, and social behaviors.
- Apply critical thinking and problem-solving skills.
- Accept the constancy of change at personal, local, and global levels; adapt effectively.
- Maintain technological competencies.
- Serve others and community.
Developed by faculty, staff, and students--February, 2009
Student Learning Project Overview
A summary of the Student Learning Project resulting from the Assessment Team's participation at the June workshop is as follows:
Through the Academy project of reviewing, refining, recommitting, and assessing the College’s educational values, College personnel will develop a learning organization committed to a culture of assessment and improvement of student learning. The first stage of the project will begin with college-wide discussion of these educational values, followed by development of an assessment plan. Throughout the stages of this Student Learning Project, the "Plan, Do, Check, Act" Model will provide structure.
Organizational Areas Involved
The Academy project is designed to involve all stakeholders of the College, affecting both academic and co-curricular aspects. Faculty, staff, students, alumni, major stakeholders, mid-level administrators, and Leadership Council will be involved at different levels in all phases of the project. The Academy Assessment Team will help guide the process and be most actively involved in all phases.
Student Learning Project Outcomes
The results/outcomes of the Student Learning Project are as follows:
- Develop shared responsibilities for improving student learning through conversations with faculty, staff, students, alumni, major stakeholders, mid-level administrators, and Leadership Council.
- Revise Course Development Models.
- Identify co-curricular activities for inclusion in assessment.
- Change culture to a learning organization.
- Identify and disseminate commonly agreed upon educational values and Best Practices.
- Develop an assessment plan for inclusion of the educational values.
Planning/Management of Student Learning Project
Conversations with students, alumni, major stakeholders, mid-levels and Leadership Council will be facilitated by the Academy Assessment Team. The College President outlined the Student Learning Project at the All College Meeting that was held on September 30, 2008. The faculty met following the meeting, reviewed the educational values and began preliminary work on a proposed list of educational values. The student government has already held some discussions as well. Other college constituency groups will be meeting throughout the semester to also create a proposed list of values.
- The list of commonly agreed upon educational values will be synthesized by the Academy Assessment Team.
- Leadership Council and the Academy Assessment Team will disseminate the educational values.
- Incorporation of the educational values into all College operations will be the responsibility of all employees.
- The assessment process will be developed by the Academy Assessment Team.
- Implementation of the assessment process will be the responsibility of the Academy Assessment Team.
- Analysis of the data will be the responsibility of the Academy Assessment Team.
- Implementation of improvements will be the responsibility of the Academy Assessment Team.
- Conversations with faculty, staff, students, alumni, major stakeholders, mid-levels and Leadership Council will take place in Fall 2008.
- A synthesized list of educational values will be completed in Winter 2009.
- Dissemination of the educational values will take place in April 2009.
- Incorporation of the educational values will take place during 2009-2010.
- Development of the assessment process will take place Fall 2009.
- Implementation of the assessment process will take place Winter 2010.
- Analysis of the data will take place Summer 2010.
- Implementation of improvements will take place Winter 2011.
- Restarting the cycle will start Fall 2011.
Because of the necessary involvement of all stakeholders of the College in the phases of the Student Learning Project , it was imperative to allow sufficient time for input, development, implementation, analysis, and implementation of improvements. Through college-wide involvement of stakeholders, the intended outcome of shared responsibilities for improving student learning will occur.
Monitoring of Student Learning Project
The progress of the Student Learning Project will be monitored by the Academy Assessment Team. The team meets regularly to ensure the project remains on schedule.
An established time frame has been identified for each activity/phase of the project, and through conversations with employee groups and college-wide meetings, those activities and time frames will be shared.
Evidence of Success of Student Learning Project
Indicators of the success of the Student Learning Project include:
- A culture of shared responsibilities for improving student learning,
- Revised Course Development Models that encapsulate the College’s educational values,
- Identified co-curricular activities linked to the educational values, with appropriate assessment measures,
- A changed culture to one of a learning organization,
- Established Best Practices and an assessment process for educational values,
- An institutionalized commitment to the sustainable processes for improving student learning.