Learning Outcomes Assessment
Evaluating the effectiveness of instruction is a critical step in verifying and improving the quality of education. At Ridgewater College this evaluation process has been developed over more than a decade into a repeatable and predictable process of improvement. This effort has been championed by the faculty-led Learning Effectiveness Action Plan (LEAP) Committee. The LEAP committee is comprised of the College Provost, all academic deans, the dean of academic affairs, four faculty members, a special projects coordinator and the director of institutional effectiveness.
The process of assessing and evaluating student learning was formalized between 2007 and 2017 with extensive input from the College community. The resulting Learning Effectiveness Plan for Assessment (LEP) process assists faculty in determining: a) what students should learn; b) how well they are learning it; and, c) how those results can be improved. The five steps of the LEP process are:
Step One: Establish and review goals and objectives
Step Two: Establish and review measurement methods
Step Three: Conduct assessment to determine students' level of accomplishment
Step Four: Analyze results of assessment efforts
Step Five: Develop strategies for improvement
When Step Five is accomplished, the process of assessment begins again with Step One, encouraging a culture of continuous improvement.
At Ridgewater College goals and objectives of student learning have been defined at the institutional, program, and course level.
A timeline outlining milestones in Ridgewater College's assessment process is here.
Learning Effectiveness Assessment Plan (LEAP) Committee Chair:
Dr. Allen Balay
Vet Tech Instructor