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What is good assessment?

  • The best assessments are those whose results are used to improve teaching and learning and inform planning and budgeting decisions
  • The greater variety of assessment evidence, the more confidently you can make inferences about student learning
  • Students should have multiple opportunities to develop and achieve key learning goals
  • It is unfair to place full responsibility for a key program or institutional goal on one faculty member or one course
  • Assessment is a perpetual work in progress

From Suskie, L., (2009). Assessing Student Learning: A Common Sense Guide. Bolton, MA: Anker Publishing Company, Inc.

College Learning Outcomes at CSS

In 2009, CSS approved 18 College Learning Outcomes in five categores of:

  1. Heritage
  2. Scope and Depth of Learning
  3. Intellectual and Foundational Skills
  4. Personal and Social Responsibility
  5. Integration of Learning

Lead by the General Education Committee in 2013-14, the College Learning Outcomes are being revised for implemenation in the 2014-15 academic year.

Assessment 9.16 Steering Committee

This year the College begins major efforts in assessment with the formation of the Assessment 9.16 Steering Committee.  By September 1, 2016, the College must submit a report to the Higher Learning Commission (HLC) that addresses Assessment of Student Learning concerns, specifically in the areas of general education and extended studies.  CSS must demonstrate that assessment of student learning is: 

  1. an institutional priority, 
  2. tied to the budgeting and planning processes, 
  3. able to addresses identified weaknesses, and
  4. sustainable

The Assessment 9.16 Steering Committee has been charged with responding to the HLC report by developing and implementing a plan for assessment of student learning across the institution.  Meet the members:

    • Chair: Iwalani Else - Institutional Research and Assessment
    • Faculty Co-Chair: Jill Dupont - MCOD/Diversity Initiative
    • James Crane - School of Arts and Letters
    • Bret Amendson - General Education
    • Lynn Kalnbach - School of Business and Technology
    • Pam Oachs - School of Health Sciences
    • Megan Perry-Spears - Student Affairs
    • Sheryl Sandahl - School of Nursing
    • Douglas Walton - School of Science
    • Neil Witikko - School of Education

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