Learning Effectiveness Plan for Assessment
Committed to verifying and improving education quality, Ridgewater has a comprehensive process to evaluate the effectiveness of instruction.
The College’s learning outcomes assessment called the Learning Effectiveness Plan for Assessment (LEP), is championed by the faculty-led Learning Effectiveness Action Plan (LEAP) Committee. The LEAP committee comprises 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 LEP process helps faculty determine three things:
- What students should learn
- How well they are learning it
- How those results can be improved
The LEP comprises five steps:
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.
Institutional-level learning outcomes
Develop students who can communicate ideas effectively in both written and verbal formats, using appropriate organization, delivery and supporting information.
- Communicate ideas effectively in verbal formats using appropriate organization, delivery and supporting information
- Communicate ideas effectively in written formats using appropriate organization, delivery and supporting information
Develop students to engage a diverse world of people, ideas and ways of life while demonstrating ethical behavior and social responsibility in their personal and professional lives.
- Demonstrates respect for differences among all people, regardless of culture, life experiences, or background
- Describe how one’s civic and cultural background and knowledge affects one’s own interpretation of social issues
- Takes an active role in a community and gain insights from the experience
Critical, Creative Thinking, and Problem-Solving Skills
Develop students to unify factual, creative, rational and value-sensitive modes of thought and integrate new skills into their customary ways of thinking.
- Formulate a clear question or problem
- Apply basic methods of inquiry in order to solve problems and draw logical conclusions
- Calculates, describes and interprets how knowledge or practice is advanced, tested and revised
- Assembles evidence of problems, describes significance and uses it for analysis
Develop students who have the knowledge and skill to effectively use state-of-the-art technology for career and personal success.
- Apply appropriate technological skills to a chosen field
- Use multiple modes of digital technology for information access and communication
- Develop skills to adapt to technological changes
Learning Effectiveness Assessment Plan (LEAP) Committee Chair
Dr. Allen Balay
Vet Tech Instructor