Assessment at Glen Oaks
At Glen Oaks Community
College, we believe that institutional success is measured in large part by
student success. Therefore, the College is committed to improving student
learning, and we believe that assessment provides one of the best tools for
achieving that improvement by furnishing us with feedback about the
effectiveness of teaching and the quality of learning. Such assessment must be both
formative and summative, should take place using multiple methods at all levels,
and should be ongoing and systematic.
“...institutional assessment efforts should
not be concerned about valuing what can be
measured but, instead, about measuring that
which is valued.”
-- Banta, Lund, Black,
& Oblander (1996)
What is Assessment?
Assessment is an ongoing
process aimed at understanding and improving student learning. It involves
making our expectations explicit and public; setting appropriate criteria and
high standards for learning quality; systematically gathering, analyzing, and
interpreting evidence to determine how well performance matches those
expectations and standards; and using the resulting information to document,
explain, and improve performance. When it is embedded effectively within larger
institutional systems, assessment can help us focus our collective attention,
examine our assumptions, and create a shared academic culture dedicated to
assuring and improving the quality of higher education (Thomas A. Angelo, AAHE
Bulletin, November 1995, p.7).
There are three general
types of assessment in which the college engages - course, program,
and general education assessment.
Glen Oaks Student
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
- Apply critical thinking and problem-solving skills.
- Accept the constancy of change at personal, local, and global levels;
- Maintain technological competencies.
- Serve others and community.
Developed by faculty, staff, and students--February,
Glen Oaks Participation
in the Academy for Assessment of Student Learning (HLC)
In June, 2008, the Assessment
Team attended the Academy for Assessment of Student Learning workshop offered
through the Higher Learning Commission to its member institutions. The
Assessment Academy provides 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. Guided by work with the Academy and with input
from a wide array of stakeholders, the College established a comprehensive
student learning project. Although formal participation in the Academy is
complete, the Assessment Team continues to play an active role in assisting the
College in quality improvement efforts.
Assessment at Glen Oaks