Carteret Community College Title III Grant

January 19, 2007

Your input is invaluable

Filed under: Notes from the Project Director - Don Staub — Don Staub @ 2:14 pm

What a week! We just finished two intense days of workshops with Terri Manning of Central Piedmont Community College. Terri gave us an overview of Outcomes (learning & institutional)- what they are, what they look like and smell like, and what they’re good for. I believe the workshops were a success because of YOUR attendance and attention. I feel like I picked up some good vibes from just about everyone who participated…but what I think is not important. What is important is WHAT YOU THINK. If you attended one of Terri’s workshops, please let us know your thoughts by posting them below. Did you learn something new about outcomes assessment?  Did Terri pique your interest in learning more about your course, program, or service area?  Would you like to see Terri back on campus to dig a little deeper?

If you weren’t too thrilled with the session you attended, but don’t want to say it publicly, feel free to send me an email (which will be kept confidential) … Again, thanks for you participation.


  1. I have been through SACS before at another college… and was reminded that there are changes in what they will be looking for- the importance of “outcomes” and what that really means. It would be helpful to have support when we are actually working on some of these projects.
    Thank you!

    Comment by Libby Steadham — January 19, 2007 @ 3:01 pm | Reply

  2. I do not say this often, but when I do say it, I mean it. This workshop was worth attending. Title III and the SAC accredidation is a collaborative effort. At the winter convocation, a question arose regarding how this would affect the ‘instructors on the street.’ Manning began to manifest an answer to this question. The workshop also helped present a systematic analysis of one’s own program and subsequently ways to improve it over time.

    Manning’s presentation was tight, the case studies were helpful and pertinent, and I am interested in following up on some of her references to benefit my programs. I hope these were all desired ‘outcomes’ of her program.

    The workshop was early, and took up 15% of the busiest day of my work week, but I am glad I attended. I feel it will pay for itself in time saved with the upcoming SAC. Thanks to all for organizing.

    Sean Prendergast
    Marine Systems Instructor

    Comment by ncmartec — January 19, 2007 @ 3:03 pm | Reply

  3. I feel the workshop was informative and well done. The concept is not new to me as most of the health science programs are required to be active in this process as a requirement of our accrediting agencies. The terminology used was a bit different but the concept is the same. Participating in this process definitiely strengthens our programs and will benefit the college and the community as a whole.

    Comment by Laurie Freshwater — January 19, 2007 @ 3:26 pm | Reply

  4. I was not looking forward to going to a workshop that sounded very dry and dull. This one was anything but!! Terri was dynamic (I attended the very last session, and she was still going strong.); the information she imparted and the questions she fielded were very helpful.

    I look forward to attending more of Terri’ presentations; and am thankful to work at a college where we are being offered the help of accreditation experts as well as being given an ample amount of time to prepare for our SACS visit!

    Comment by Sandy Smith — January 19, 2007 @ 3:52 pm | Reply

  5. I thought the workshop was fairly painless. Dr. Manning was well prepared and she didn’t labor over details that we will deal with time and again. Bottom line . . . , assessment is good if done well and we needed to know how to start. Informative and efficient, just what a workshop should be.

    Comment by susan mc — January 19, 2007 @ 5:09 pm | Reply

  6. Terri was a great speaker. We all know, with some subject matter, it’s just not easy to hold the listener’s attention! But I thought she did a great job with the content, and keeping us interested!

    Comment by Lela Mc — January 19, 2007 @ 5:32 pm | Reply

  7. At the end, I was tired but upbeat. I felt that Terri may need to slow down a bit in subsequent workshops. My aging brain had some difficulty keeping up with the pace. On the whole, Terri is an energetic speaker who brought clarity to the subject. I hope she can walk us through some of the difficult elements of this process. I believe this workshop elicited greater confidence in our abilities to meet the challenges ahead.

    Comment by Louise Mathews — January 19, 2007 @ 7:33 pm | Reply

  8. The workshop was very informative and Terri did a great job presenting it. It is comforting to have support and it is important to start thinking about these concepts early.

    Comment by Trisha Miller — January 19, 2007 @ 8:08 pm | Reply

  9. As a trainer myself, I can really appreciate when a speaker can take a difficult topic and make it happen for people. I feel we are more vested on the task ahead as a result of this workshiop. Thanks for putting this together.

    Comment by Johnny — January 19, 2007 @ 9:04 pm | Reply

  10. I think it is very evident, based on Terri’s presentation that we have many challenges ahead of us (here at CCC) as far as preparing for SACS and embarking on this journey through the assessment process. I have no doubt in my mind that our staff and faculty are up to this challenge.

    Comment by ccctitle3 — January 20, 2007 @ 4:06 pm | Reply

  11. I really enjoyed Terri’s presentation. It was a rainy morning and I wasn’t looking forward to attending a workshop. Terri’s enthusiasm and clear presentation made me a believer. It is reassuring to know that Terri is willing to return and help guide us through the assessment process. Thank goodness she doesn’t favor measuring everything that walks, talks, and breathes! By the way – the case studies were excellent. Terri – thank you for your time!

    Comment by Donna Galley — January 22, 2007 @ 4:51 am | Reply

  12. Terri’s presentation was a great kick off for SACS and Title III. While we have much hard work ahead of us, the end result of retaining more students and improving instruction and services at CCC will be worth it all!

    Comment by Heather Hebert — January 22, 2007 @ 3:57 pm | Reply

  13. Being newer to the community college system, I had no idea what I was getting into with SACS. This workshop helped me understand what we will be dealing with and why it is important to go ahead and start preparing now instead of waiting until the last minute. Great workshop!!!!

    Comment by Erin Racicot — January 22, 2007 @ 6:14 pm | Reply

  14. Working in a federal grant program, forces you to be intimately acquainted with objectives and outcomes. I thought Dr. Manning was clear and concise. Good work, Don and your grass needs mowing:-)

    Comment by babsbunny — January 22, 2007 @ 9:01 pm | Reply

  15. I thought Terri did a great job. It was an overwhelming amount of information. What I picked up was the importance of our identifying our institutional outcomes and student learning outcomes before we can get serious about assessment. I feel confident that when we’re ready to proceed, Terri will train us so that we’re approaching assessment in the right way and accomplishing what we need to do. I look forward to more specific workshops in the future.

    Comment by jeanbaardsen — January 22, 2007 @ 9:22 pm | Reply

  16. I found the workshop to be very helpful. Terri was able to clarify several confusing points for me. Hopefully with training sessions, we will be able to proceed with the development of our learning outcomes.

    Comment by Doree — January 25, 2007 @ 8:12 pm | Reply

  17. I was pleased with the presentation and the presenter. She was very prepared and covered the planned material. Even though I have been involved with this type of assessment for many years with radiography programs, there is always something new to learn. This will be the first time I will have the pleasure of going through a SACS reaccrediation. I am looking forward to using my current knowledge as well as improving my outstanding of outcomes assessment as it applies to college accrediting standards.

    Comment by Elaine Fuge — January 29, 2007 @ 9:24 pm | Reply

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