Timeline

Assessment and Evaluation Milestones
Academic Year
2006-07
Ridgewater College established a 17-member, faculty-led Student Learning Outcomes Committee (SLOC). The purpose of the committee was "to initiate a sequence of events and interactions that are focused on student learning and will advance college-wide efforts to improve and assess student learning" (2007-08 AQIP Action Project Description)

Academic Year
2007-08

Eight Ridgewater faculty and administrative members attended the  HLC Assessment Academy

Early draft of Learning Effectiveness Plan for Assessment (LEP) introduced

Faculty training activity on student learning outcomes at the course and program level

Further faculty training on assessing student learning of course objectives
 

AQIP Project(s):

  • Identify best practices in assessing student learning 
  • Facilitate development of common course outlines and course syllabi within each program or disciple


Academic Year
2008-09

AQIP Project(s):

  • Access and success in higher education for underrepresented populations within the region
  • Establish Program-Level and Institutional-Level Outcomes in Learning Effectiveness Plan
  • Higher Learning Commission accreditation for on-line courses and degrees
  • Student orientation and standard course format for online courses

Surveys:

  • Community College Survey of Student Engagement (CCSSE)
  • Personal Assessment of the College Environment (PACE) 

Technical faculty submit common course outlines containing measurable learning objectives to Academic Affairs and Standards Committee (AASC) and Student Learning Outcome Committee (SLOC).

In-s
ervice activity for faculty on establishing student learning outcomes.


Academic Year
2010-11

Step One of the Learning Effectiveness Plan for Assessment (LEP), to establish and review goals and objectives is accomplished: Course-level, program-level, and institutional-level goals have been established

An evaluation of program level student learning outcomes was integrated into the technical program review process

Institutional-level student learning outcomes to be reviewed by Learning Effectiveness and Assessment Plan (LEAP) Committee every five years


Academic Year
2011-12

Learning Effectiveness Plan (LEP) process integrated into program review process:

Annual review form created for faculty to report assessment results and action plan

Lear
ning Effectiveness Plan (LEP) process evaluated and verbiage modified to clarify process

Surveys:

      Community College Survey of Student Engagement (CCSSE)
      Personal Assessment of the College Environment (PACE)

AQIP Project(s):

  • Achieving Excellence in online course and services
  • Communication across the curriculum

Academic Year
2012-13

Research into the principles of the Lumina Foundation, "Degree Qualifications Profile" led to a refinement of the competencies for each institutional-level student learning outcome.

Two methods of assessing the attainment of Institutional-level student learning outcomes were adapted: results for the Community College Survey of Student Engagement (CCSSE) and results from student, alumni, and employer surveys. 

AQIP Project(s):

  • ONCOURSE: Foundation for student success 

Academic Year
2013-14

AQIP Project(s):

  • Incorporating & Measuring Social Responsibility Across the College

Academic Year
2014-15

 

System Portfolio submitted

Review of Institutional-level student learning outcomes measurements led to research into finding more direct measurements of student learning
 

AQIP Project(s):

  • Incorporating & Measuring Social Responsibility Across the College


In-service day activities:

  • Evidentiary statements
  • SMARTer goals
  • System Portfolio feedback

Academic Year
2015-16

 

Curriculum mapping of student exposure to Institutional-level student learning outcomes at the course level

Reaccreditation of nursing program by the Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing, Inc. (ACEN).

AQIP Projects:

  • Pilot of Northstar Literacy Assessment Tools


Program reviews:

  • Liberal Arts
  • Agriculture
  • Automotive Service Technology
  • Insurance Claim Representative
  • Welding
  • Occupational Skills

Surveys:

  • Community College Survey of Student Engagement (CCSSE)
  • Personal Assessment of the College Environment (PACE)
  • Educause Center for Analysis and Research Survey

In-service day activities:

  • High performance institutions
  • Curriculum mapping activity

Academic Year
2016-17

Curriculum mapping of exposure to program-level student learning outcomes at the course level

Checklist to assist with program evaluation of assessment process developed

AQIP Projects:

  • Learning communities

 

Program reviews:

  • Carpentry
  • Cosmetology
  • Accounting
  • Administrative Support
  • Marketing & Sales Management

In-service day activities:

  • Curriculum mapping activity
  • Assessment checklist introduced


Accreditation Visit, April 2017

 





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