Institutional Effectiveness and Assessment for Community Colleges refers to the process of evaluating and improving the overall performance and outcomes of a community college. It involves systematically collecting, analyzing, and utilizing data to assess various aspects of the institution, including student learning, program effectiveness, and institutional operations.
The primary goal of institutional effectiveness and assessment is to ensure that community colleges are meeting their mission and goals effectively and efficiently. This process helps colleges identify areas of strength and areas in need of improvement, leading to informed decision-making and strategic planning.
Program outcome assessment is mission-driven as demonstrated in all program frameworks. Program curricular goals state what the programs strive to provide and accomplish within the curricula, and program level student learning outcomes (POs) identify crucial skills that program graduates should possess at the end of their academic journey at CASC. Performance indicators define the achievement of the outcomes for all stakeholders and serve as criteria to evaluate evidence of student learning. Curriculum maps are visual representations of the skill development of each outcome through program courses. Concerning the assessment process, CASC utilizes course-embedded assignments and activities as the direct measures of student learning while the maps function as formative and summative data collection points at the course level.
The OSRHE Annual Student Assessment Reports demonstrate the processes, results, analyses, and internal usage of findings on the following four levels of student learning assessment for each academic year: entry level placement and remediation assessments, general education assessment, program outcome assessment, and student engagement and satisfaction.
CASC entered the Higher Learning Commission (HLC) Assessment Academy in the fall of 2017 to develop comprehensive, systematic processes of assessment for actionable data that improves student learning in and outside of the classroom. HLC Academy Mentors and Scholars provide field expert guidance with the four-year project. CASC Assessment Team reports chronicle the institution’s advancement.
Launched in 2018, non-academic assessment’s focus is on continuous improvement of operations and services. Yearly, administrative and student service offices/departments (units) create assessment plans derived from their mission statements and related goals. Each plan outlines the implementation of objectives with designated outcomes that strive to fulfill the purpose and major functions of the units. This assessment practices the philosophy of continuous improvement by constantly asking the question: “How can we do it better?”