Teaching and Learning Assessment Plan

Edmonds Community College has a comprehensive Teaching and Learning Assessment Plan that outlines direct and indirect measures by which the college can systematically evaluate student achievement of learning outcomes at the course and program (i.e., degree and certificate) levels and how teaching and learning assessment aligns with College Mission Fulfillment. 

The diagram below shows the relationship between Teaching and Learning Assessment and the components of college’s Strategic Planning processes.

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Details of the college’s Teaching and Learning Assessment Plan are provided in the table below.


Teaching and Learning Assessment Plan

 
 Direct Measures

(Conducted by Faculty; supported by Assessment Team)

 Indirect Measures

(Conducted by Instructional Divisions; supported by Student Services and College Relations)
Course-level Assessment of Student Learning

These measures are led by faculty, who take many approaches to assess student learning.  The assessment techniques vary among departments and disciplines.  Nonetheless, all courses have specified course-level learning objectives (CLOs), and faculty align assessments to CLOs in order to measure student performance.


Current methods that faculty employ include, but are not limited to the following:

  • Evidence of student performance on classroom assessments (such as assignments, quizzes, presentations, and examinations). Many faculty use specific CLO rubrics to grade their assessments.

  • Student portfolios demonstrating learning related to the CLOs

  • Pre- and post measures of CLOs to demonstrate improvement over the duration of the course


These measures are faculty and/or institutionally led and include the following:

  • English and math placement for incoming students via a variety of instruments (such as Accuplacer, transcript evaluations, and prior learning assessment); tracking  progress of students placed via new/pilot processes.

  • Prior Learning Assessment

  • Course substitutions and transcript evaluations

  • Student persistence reports (from one course to subsequent courses in a sequence).

  • SIR II student course evaluation instrument, which is a reliable and valid, nationally-normed instrument.

  • Showcase of Student Learning (formerly, Making Learning Visible), a poster session that showcases student work during the school year.  During the event, students have the opportunity to share their work with colleagues, faculty, and the community and are available to answer questions regarding their work.


Program-level Assessment of Student Learning


(Degrees and Certificates)

These measures are led by faculty, who take many approaches to assess student learning in their programs. The assessment techniques vary among departments and disciplines. Nonetheless, all programs have specified program-level learning outcomes (PLOs), and faculty align assessments to PLOs in order to measure student performance.


Current methods that faculty employ include, but are not limited to the following:

  • Comprehensive program reviews (at least every four years) of the degrees and certificates offered by the college.

  • Some programs have required end-of-program assessments, such as professional/certification exams; portfolios; performances; internships; demonstrations; practicums; comprehensive exams; culminating projects; and program outcome surveys.

These measures are faculty and/or institutionally led and include the following:

  • Evidence of external validation of skills developed in programs.  This may include, but is not limited to, the following: acceptance into transfer programs; industry certifications; employer satisfaction with skill sets; and employment in field of study.

  • Surveys and focus group data about program learning outcomes from graduating students

  • Alumni surveys of success in field (i.e., working in field, continuing education, salary, etc.)

  • The Community College Survey of Student Engagement (CCSSE) and the Community College Faculty Survey of Student Engagement (CCFSSE).

  • A survey completed at the time of graduation

  • The college also collects alumni data, employer data, transfer rates, completion rates, and retention rates for its students.


In addition, as shown in the college’s catalog, each program of study is laid out in a manner that provides a course to PLO map for each program. This structure illustrates the alignment of courses to each program’s outcomes.