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Organization of Academic Assessment


Mission and Overview

Academic Assessment at KCKCC informs curriculum, enhances teaching, and inspires learning at the course, program and institutional level. At KCKCC, academic assessment will be conducted in three primary areas: individual courses, programs, and at an institutional level in an effort to promote student learning. The purpose of this document is to outline the process and structure of academic assessment at KCKCC as well as define the roles that various members of the campus community play in academic assessment.

Benefits

A robust academic assessment plan offers numerous benefits. First and foremost, results should be utilized to inform curriculum, thereby improving student learning. Review of these results can guide departmental protocols and institutional directives. Through analysis and discussion of assessment results, faculty will be better informed of the current academic state of the college. Additionally, the use of academic assessment information will provide opportunities for continued growth in the delivery of academic content. The use of academic assessment results will contribute to discussions that can provide opportunities and foster on-going dialogue with multiple stakeholders to drive academic success. Assessment results will not be used for faculty evaluation.

The specific mission of academic assessment at KCKCC will be to help inform:

  • Educational policies, practices, and interventions;
  • Curriculum revision and modification;
  • An environment of student learning and engagement;
  • Andragogy and adult-focused teaching approaches;
  • Student support services;
  • Budgeting and staffing.

Vice President for Academic Affairs

The Vice President of Academic Affairs (VPAA) provides leadership to all members of the Academic Assessment Team, faculty, and staff. The VPAA will encourage and support the development, implementation, interpretation, and subsequent action plans for course-, program- and institutional-level assessment efforts.

Co-Coordinators of Academic Assessment

The primary purpose of the Co-Coordinators of Academic Assessment is to provide leadership for the development, implementation, interpretation, and subsequent action plans for course-, program- and institutional-level assessment efforts. The Co-Coordinators will chair the Academic Assessment Council (AAC). The Co-Coordinators will be an academic administrator and the Faculty Director of the Center for Teaching Excellence.

Academic Assessment Council (AAC)

The purpose of this committee is to oversee course-level and program-level academic assessment at KCKCC. This committee is comprised of faculty representatives from across the college that represent each division and chaired by the Co-Coordinators of Academic Assessment. The activities and goals of the council will be as follows:

  1. Make recommendations regarding academic assessment policy and procedures for course and program-level assessment.
  2. Ensure compliance with the KCKCC academic assessment plan for course- and program-level assessment.
  3. Train and facilitate academic assessment events during KCKCC Welcome Back week.
  4. Serve as a resource to faculty on course- and program-level assessment initiatives.
  5. Assist departments that offer a degree, or a program of study, with the development of and continued improvement of program assessment.

Core Curriculum Council (CCC)

The purpose of this committee is to oversee the selection of general education courses to be included in the KCKCC core curriculum. This committee will develop and oversee the General Education Assessment for the college in alignment with the AAC. Membership of this committee must include a subcommittee chair for each of the six Institutional Learning Outcomes (ILOs). The Faculty Director of the Center for Teaching Excellence will serve on this committee. The Co-chairs of this committee are an academic dean and a faculty member teaching general education coursework. The activities and goals of the council will be as follows:

  1. Review and determine the courses in the General Education Core using the criteria established during the most recent General Education Review. At present, core curriculum courses must support and assess at least 3 of the 6 ILOs at KCKCC.
  2. Design, implement, analyze, and document general education assessment.
  3. Facilitate ‘closing the loop’ conversations with faculty teaching courses in the General Education Core.

The Center for Teaching Excellence (CTE)

Under the auspices of the Faculty Director of the Center for Teaching Excellence, the CTE will:

  1. Serve as a resource for the college faculty in our efforts and commitment in providing a quality education.
  2. Operate in accordance with values of the college with regard the recognition that assessment of student learning informs the art and craft of teaching and provides evidence for our commitment to improvement.
  3. Support each academic unit’s efforts to develop, evaluate, and support learning goals and outcomes that contribute to both educational effectiveness and excellence.
  4. Provide information, programming, and resources that enable the college faculty to improve academic assessment processes and in turn utilize the results for improvement.
  5. Collaborate with the Institutional Effectiveness Office and the Online Services Department (Blackboard) to provide relevant data that supports the college’s academic assessment program.
  6. Facilitate the documentation of the college’s commitment to the students in providing evidence of teaching excellence based on each unit’s assessment efforts.
  7. Provide support for ensuring HLC accreditation standards for the assessment of student learning.
  8. Assist departments that offer a degree, or a program of study, with the development of and continued improvement of program assessment.

Co-Cooridnator of Academic Assessment: Academic Administrator

The academic administrator serving as Co-Coordinator of academic assessment is responsible for encouraging, supporting, and ensuring faculty efforts in academic assessment. This individual will lead efforts to promote and assess student learning in the following ways:

  1. Educate and ensure compliance to academic assessment initiatives and the assessment of student learning at the course-, program-level, and institutional level.
  2. Serve as the Co-Chair of the Academic Assessment Council
  3. Coordinate with the Co-chairs of the Core Curriculum Council to ensure the compliance to college assessment procedures as well as the use of the Outcomes Assessment module in Learning Management System (LMS), i.e., Blackboard for data collection.
  4. Support and enhance faculty professional learning and facilitate faculty development for assessment.
  5. Collaborate with the Institutional Effectiveness Office and the Online Services Department to analyze data and facilitate support of faculty in academic assessment.
  6. Consult with Coordinators and Faculty in degree granting programs to develop and implement robust program-level initiatives.
  7. Consult with Coordinators of programs to develop a program curriculum outcomes matrix and assessment activities matrix which includes specific timelines for review.
  8. Ensure compliance for reporting and documentation of course- and program-level assessment plans and processes.
  9. Collaborate with co-chairs of the Program Review Committee to align academic assessment efforts with program review procedures.
  10. Convene, along with the Co-Coordinator of Academic Assessment, meetings with Coordinators to provide leadership for course- and program-level Assessment.
  11. Ensure compliance of academic assessment initiatives with the HLC reaccreditation standards.

Co-Cooridnator of Academic Assessment, Faculty Director, Center for Teaching Excellence

The Faculty Director of the Center for Teaching Excellence is responsible for supporting faculty efforts that promote and assess student learning.

  1. Promote, educate and advocate for faculty assessment of student learning at the course- and program-level, as well as institutional level with a robust general education assessment plan.
  2. Serve as the Co-Chair of the Academic Assessment Council
  3. Serve as a member of the Core Curriculum Council.
  4. Design, support, and facilitate faculty development of assessment activities.
  5. Enhance faculty professional learning experiences related to the assessment of student learning.
  6. Collaborate with the Institutional Effectiveness Office to analyze data and facilitate support of faculty in academic assessment.
  7. Convene, along with the Co-Coordinator of Academic Assessment, meetings with Coordinators to provide leadership for course- and program-level Assessment.
  8. Ensure compliance of academic assessment initiatives with the HLC reaccreditation standards.

Faculty Assistant Director, Center for Teaching Excellence

The role of the faculty assistant director for the Center for Teaching Excellence is to enhance student learning, support classroom teaching innovation, and provide programming for the ‘Best Practices’ in education. The Faculty Assistant Director provides leadership for professional learning opportunities related to classroom instruction techniques, models for active learning in the classroom, and strategies for classroom assessment techniques. The Faculty Assistant Director encourages professional learning and development through participation in the Center for Teaching Excellence programs.

  1. Prepare programming to assist faculty in the development of effective and adaptable strategies for teaching that will aid in the assessment of student learning.
  2. Collaborate with faculty to craft ‘Best Practices’ which provide an understanding of how assessment of student learning continually informs and guides teaching.
  3. Assist Coordinators and department faculty in developing effective instructional practices, employing ‘Best Practices’ in teaching, incorporating active learning techniques, and developing/implementing manageable assessment of student learning activities.

Coordinator, Center for Teaching Excellence

The role of the coordinator for the Center for Teaching Excellence provides support for academic efforts in relationship to utilizing the Outcomes Assessment Module in Blackboard. Specifically, this individual will:

  1. Manage and modify Learning Outcomes/Competencies in the Outcomes Assessment Module in the Blackboard.
  2. Train faculty on the effective usage of the Outcomes Assessment Module to support assessment and the ‘Best Practices’ in teaching.

Program and Academic Coordinators

Program Coordinators are responsible for facilitating the assessment of student learning in their programs/disciplines. In conjunction with other faculty, these individuals develop and manage the program’s/department’s assessment plan and data collection.

  1. Encourage and support faculty’s efforts in assessment of student learning in the classroom.
  2. Develop program goals and student learning outcomes and objectives.
  3. In conjunction with faculty, ensure assessment activities support program goals/outcomes and curriculum by developing a program specific assessment matrix with timeline.
  4. Facilitate ‘crucial conversations’ with departmental colleagues about student learning using assessment data and determine possible modifications in curriculum and instruction.
  5. Facilitate ‘closing the loop’ conversations after recommended modifications have been implemented to determine impact. Review the results of modifications in curriculum and instruction.
  6. Provide a written report of the results and interpretation of yearly course- and program-level assessment data.

Department/Program Faculty

Faculty within disciplines/departments, in conjunction with the Coordinator, are responsible for engaging in assessment of student learning.

  1. Develop and implement assessment alignments and methods for the course/program and collect/review data related to student learning.
  2. Collaborate with faculty colleagues within disciplines/departments that offer a degree, or a program of study, to develop program goals and student learning outcomes, a program curriculum matrix mapping course outcomes to program goals, and an assessment activities matrix with timeline.
  3. Engage in ‘crucial conversations’ with colleagues about student learning and assessment.
  4. Engage in ‘closing the loop’ discussions with colleagues to ascertain impact of any modifications based upon the earlier departmental ‘crucial conversations.’ Review the results of modifications in curriculum and instruction.

Academic Deans

Academic deans are responsible for providing support, encouragement, and leadership to faculty and disciplines/departments for academic assessment.

  1. Encourage and support faculty and coordinators in assessing student learning in the course-, program-, and institutional level.
  2. Engage in conversations with faculty related to assessment and ‘Best Practices’ in teaching.
  3. Provide leadership and work with Coordinators to ensure the completion of the yearly assessment report.
  4. Provide a representative to the Academic Assessment Council.

Office of Institutional Effectiveness

The Office of Institutional Effectiveness provides support to academic assessment for course-, program- and institutional-level assessment efforts.

  1. Review and analyze data collection methods developed for appropriate methodology.
  2. Upon request, provide analysis of data collected.
  3. Provide a representative to the Academic Assessment Council.

KCKCC Assessment Cycle

KCKCC Assessment Cycle

 

 

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