What is Assessment?
Assessment is the systematic collection of information about student learning using the time, knowledge, expertise, and resources available in order to inform decisions that affect student learning.- Barbara Walvoord, 2010
The systematic collection, review, and use of information about educational programs undertaken for the purpose of improving student learning and development. - Palomba and Banta, 1999
Assessment at UCC
Umpqua Community College (UCC) is accredited by the Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities (NWCCU). UCC is committed to establishing and supporting strategic efforts focused on assessment, accreditation, and institutional research. UCC assessment efforts are guided by NWCCU Standard 4.A.2 which mandates institutions to engage "in an effective system of evaluation of its programs and services, wherever offered and however delivered, to evaluate achievement of clearly identified program goals or intended outcomes" and Standard 4.B.1 which states that the "results of core theme assessments and results of assessments of programs and services are: a) based on meaningful institutionally identified indicators of achievement; b) used for improvement by informing planning, decision making, and allocation of resources and capacity; and c) made available to appropriate constituencies in a timely manner."
Assessment efforts at UCC are coordinated under the guidance of the Assessment Coordinator. The Assessment Coordinator is tasked with providing training opportunities related to assessment, tracking assessment efforts, assisting with accreditation processes, and working in conjunction with faculty, classified staff, and administrators to ensure the college is engaged in a cycle of continuous improvement.
The Office of Assessment supports Umpqua Community College in the pursuit of academic innovation by fostering a culture of teaching, learning, and assessment contributing to student success, quality instruction, professional development, accreditation, and instructional effectiveness.
Service Area Outcomes
The Assessment Department will
- Engage with faculty, staff, and administrators in the systematic and ongoing assessment of academic and non-academic areas of campus.
- Increase awareness of teaching, learning, and assessment across all areas of campus.