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, Assessment Clear and Simple.
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 work of assessment is supported by the Riverhawk Assessment Team. The team consists of representatives from various campus areas and is charged with cultivating a campus-wide culture of assessment focused on continuous improvement.
Assessment Department Mission
The Assessment Department's misison is to foster a culture of assessment that supports institutional decision- making, planning, and effectiveness. Plan-Assess-Analyze-Evaluate
Assessment Department Strategic Priority
The Assessment Department is committed to developing and supporting a culture of ongoing assessment and improvement at Umpqua Community College.
Assessment Department Goals
The Assessment Department will fulfill its mission statement and strategic priority by:
- Engaging with faculty, staff, and administrators in the systematic and ongoing assesmsent of academic and non-academic areas of campus.
- Maintaining an assessment resource repository to assist staff and faculty in their assessment work.
- Facilitating professional development opportunities related to relevant assessment topics.
Assessment Department Objectives
During the 2018-2018 academic year, the Assessment Coordinator will work with faculty and adminstration to:
- Expand understanding of assessment by all faculty.
- Implement assessment infrastructure.
- Differentiate between grade distribution and assessment of student learner outcomes.
- Use results from assessment reports to make data-driven decisions.