Carteret Community College Title III Grant

Section 3: Outcomes

Outline

A. Process of identifying outcomes

B. Administrative Outcomes Assessment Plan

  • What is being measured
  • How it is being measured
  • When it is being measured
  • Results of assessments
  • Use of Results

C. Program Outcomes Assessment Plan

  • What is being measured
  • How it is being measured
  • When it is being measured
  • Results of assessments
  • Use of Results

D. Student Learning Outcomes Assessment Plan

  • What is being measured
  • How it is being measured
  • When it is being measured
  • Results of assessments
  • Use of Results

E. Follow-up of students served (i.e. how have they done since completing your program)

F. Analysis

Detailed Description

Education has moved into the age of assessment. We can no longer evaluate the effectiveness of our programs solely by FTE and numbers served. Our system office, accrediting agencies, and government officials are interested in the outcomes our students see as a result of attending Carteret Community College. It is no longer good enough that we offer programs. We must demonstrate that we are continually seeking to improve the content and methodology of those programs to better meet the changing needs of our students and the community. Many states have gone to performance-based funding to force colleges and universities to assess how effectively they are meeting student outcome objectives.

“Student Learning Outcomes” are benefits for students: changes in knowledge, values, position, skills, behavior or status. Program Outcomes specify the benefits that student experience as a result of completing the program (as opposed to a portion of it). Examples of program outcomes include job placement, certification exam success, transfer to a four-year institution, etc… Administrative Outcomes are those benefits that the program administration hopes to realize through improvements in the curriculum, remediation programs, investment in professional development, and so on. Therefore, examples of administrative outcomes may include: “increased number of students achieving their educational goals (i.e. retention);” “faculty better prepared to deliver content in a more effective and efficient manner (i.e. professional development).”

In this section, you must:

A. Describe the process used to identify outcomes

B. Identify administrative and program level outcomes for your program (no more than 3-5)

C. Identify program level learning outcomes

D. Identify what assessment you will use to measure progress on that outcome (e.g. the State Nursing Board exam results)

E. Identify what constitutes success on that measure (e.g., 80% passing rate)

F. Use of results to improve programs (Once you receive the data from your assessment – what are you going to do with it?)

For this narrative, follow the format below to describe your assessment plan and report your results and use of results. You will also be required to input this information into the Outcomes Software.

Measuring Outcomes

A. Describe the process used to identify outcomes. In order to identify program and student outcomes, there are a number of sources for input:

  • An advisory committee that understands the benefits students achieve as a result of the program.
  • Use some focus groups of former graduates or completers to get information as to the benefits students have received as a result of your program.
  • Look at the syllabi of instructors to see what instructors as a whole expect students to achieve through coursework.
  • Look at the literature in your field.
  • Check with other schools with similar programs to see how they have assessed outcomes.

B. Administrative Outcomes Assessment Plan (click here for some examples)

    These are outcomes which are objectives set by the program faculty/staff but don’t necessarily have to do with student learning. If you choose to set objectives, set no more than 2-3. Examples of program outcomes would be:

    • To apply for and receive accreditation from ____________________
    • To retrain two faculty members in the area of (something needed for your program)
    • To increase the number of students completing courses by 10%

    The assessment plan would describe:

    • What is being measured
    • How it is being measured
    • When it is being measured
    • Results of assessments
    • Use of Results

    C. Program Outcomes Assessment Plan (click here for some examples)

    The assessment plan would describe:

    • What is being measured
    • How it is being measured
    • When it is being measured
    • Results of assessments
    • Use of Results

    D. Student Learning Outcomes Assessment Plan (click here for some examples)

    The assessment plan would describe:

    • What is being measured
    • How it is being measured
    • When it is being measured
    • Results of assessments
    • Use of Results

    E. Follow-up of students served – this section discusses ways in which the program maintains contact in order continuously receive constructive feedback from program completers in order to continuously improve (e.g. focus groups, surveys, etc…). (click here for example)

    F. Analysis

    What have the outcomes assessments revealed about the program? What are the high points? Where are the areas that need improvement? What are the areas that need more data in order to generate a more definitive analysis?

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