The Instructional Assessment Committee provides oversight for the assessment of student learning outcomes, with technical assistance from Effectiveness and College Relations. There are two primary aspects of learning outcomes assessment at LCC.
Curriculum and Program Review addresses outcomes for degree and certificate programs and disciplines.
Global Skills addresses assessment of general education outcomes.
The Instructional Assessment Committee is responsible for facilitating curriculum and program review for all instructional programs and disciplines. Faculty are charged with completing one or more sections of the review every quarter, as noted on the template.
A template for completion of the review is available on the "Curriculum and Program Review" shared network folder, accessible by all full-time faculty and instructional administrators. Deans and/or department chairs may request access to the shared folder for additional personnel through Information Services.
Faculty are required to use the Curriculum and Program Review template. The complete document is available below for reference, in addition to other resources.
AAC&U VALUE Rubrics
The Association of American Colleges & Universities VALUE Rubrics are available for 16 different learning outcomes, including inquiry and analysis, critical thinking, creative thinking, written communication, oral communication, reading, quantitative literacy, information literacy, teamwork, problem solving, civic engagement, intercultural knowledge and competence, ethical reasoning, lifelong learning, and global learning.
A DIY (Do-it-Yourself) Approach to Tracking and Improving Student Learning Outcomes
This article by Dian Schaffhauser, A Simple DIY Approach to Tracking and Improving Student Learning Outcomes, details how a professor and former dean of performance excellence at San Antonio College uses Excel data to inform his instruction and achieve better learning outcomes for his students.
The Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities (NWCCU) has created a number of rubrics to assist colleges in developing their assessment and other processes.
The following resources were provided during the March 2017 Instructional Assessment/Planning Days.
Enrollment and Allocation Reports: “are compiled quarterly and are used for FTE target monitoring of various programs throughout the academic year. The annual enrollment summary report gives an overall view of the data and explains trends in context.”
Fall Quarter Enrollment and Staffing Reports: “offer a snapshot of community and technical colleges fall quarter enrollments. The report addresses common questions about the college system, including student demographics.”
Academic Year Reports: “provides a snapshot of funding, facilities, staffing, and enrollments in community and technical colleges for one academic year. The report describes key measures of student outcomes and addresses common questions related to expenditures, personnel and students.”
The SBCTC also provides a series of data tables available to college faculty/staff. The following data tables can be found on the Data Tables webpage of the SBCTC website. Please note that some/all of the data tables on this webpage may only be accessed from a college computer/device (IP address in WA CTC system).
eLearning data: “includes student reports (FTE and Headcount) as well as online and hybrid course completion rates.”
Student/Faculty (S/F) Ratios: is an interactive data tool that allows users to view S/F ratios by college, subject cluster, etc.
Centers of Excellence: contains several years of enrollment and completions data by career cluster, with each academic year as a separate file.
Please note: All text in quotations was taken directly from the webpage content on the SBCTC website that describes the data tools/reports. Visit the Research homepage of the SBCTC website to see the above data tools/reports and others provided by SBCTC research staff.
Washington Career Bridge: provides some market labor and career information for Washington State.
Employment Security Department for Washington State: provides employment information (including labor market information) and data for Washington at state and regional level. To see if an occupation is in-demand in the state or region, click on the Learn About an Occupation link and search for occupations and filter by location.