The mission of Office of Assessment is improvement of student learning. The Office accomplishes this by assisting areas throughout the college in developing appropriate assessment methodologies and success indicators which can be used to support, enhance, report, and/or improve the quality of teaching and learning. The Office provides training, analysis, and support for on-going assessment of student learning and development. Assessment is the ongoing process of:
Establishing clear, measurable expected outcomes of student learning.
Linda Suskie, Assessing Student Learning: A common sense guide. Anker Publishing, 2004.
- Ensuring that students have sufficient opportunities to achieve those outcomes.
- Systematically gathering, analyzing, and interpreting evidence to determine how well student learning matches our expectations.
- Using the resulting information to understand and improve student learning.
Kansas City Kansas Community College uses both institution-wide measures and program-specific measures to assess student outcomes. Broad measures include the Collegiate Assessment of Academic Performance (CAAP), the Community College Survey of Student Engagement (CCSSE) and the Noel-Levitz Student Satisfaction Inventory (SSI) and embedded assessments of student's work in courses. Course competencies have been established for each of the college's associate degree and certificate programs. In addition, general education competencies have been established and are measured through the use of a nationally-normed test, student artifacts, and surveys.
The Student Academic Assessment Committee (SAAC) monitors the outcomes assessment process and acts as a catalyst for continual improvement. The SAAC also conducts professional development activities in assessment.