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Communicating Assessment Results

Workforce Development programs, including the SouthWest Skill Center, conduct external reviews of their assessments. Advisory boards, including industry professionals, meet periodically to review and provide input for updating occupational programs based on assessment data. As the goal is to prepare students for industry, the advisory boards are critical in helping to create and update program competencies, to serve as program level student learning outcomes. The Workforce Advisory Boards are referenced within the Occupational and SouthWest Skill Center Program Reviews.

In general, results obtained through assessment are available to appropriate constituencies. However, the College has recognized that more work needs to be done to communicate these results to students. Current efforts to share assessment activities are as follows:

  • Institutional Effectiveness Data, which make up much of the indirect measures of learning, are available publicly on the Office of Institutional Effectiveness area of the College’s website. Information is available on planning and institutional effectiveness, such as Core Indicators, CCSSE, Noel-Levitz, and strategic planning.
  • Program Review and Strategic Planning data is housed on a Program Review SharePoint site that is accessible by those with an Estrella Mountain active directory login. These documents help tell the story about the assessment of learning at the College.
  • SAAC Co-Chairs hold membership in the College’s Leadership Council.  They are provided an opportunity to report on any new assessment activity as well as ensure assessment is embedded in major college planning processes.
  • Additional assessment data is widely shared through college events, such as Assessment Happens, Assessment Week and SAAC meetings. These events are open to all employees.
    • Assessment Happens
      • Assessment efforts, results and plans are shared each fall and spring at Assessment Happens (i.e., all-employee meeting on Assessment)
    • Assessment Awareness Week
      • Expanded to include student forum on assessment in fall 2010
      • Expanded to include workshops to introduce the idea of assessment to new employees/faculty
      • Expanded to include activities to promote awareness of and participation in assessment (i.e.,  15 Minutes of Faculty Assessment Fame presentations)
      • Expanded to include faculty review and discussion on assessment results and improving student learning
    • Newsletters
      • SAAC publishes at least one Assessment newsletter each semester

In spring 2011, the Student Academic Assessment Committee launched its newly designed SAAC Web page, a one-stop location for students, faculty and the community. This page is where people can learn about Estrella Mountain’s assessment efforts, including the assessment tools the College uses and the reports on how well the College is doing in achieving its goal of improving students’ general education abilities.

Estrella Mountain’s Student Academic Achievement Committee creates an Annual Report for the Maricopa County Community College District summarizing the College’s assessment efforts. The District Assessment Committee then prepares an Annual Summary Report of Assessment Progress at each college. This document addresses the Maricopa County Community College District Governing Board’s outcomes for student competencies under University Transfer and General Education and serves as the annual monitoring report on assessment efforts within the District. The District outcome statement states, Students will demonstrate post-secondary competencies in communication (writing, speaking, listening, and reading), the humanities, science, critical thinking, problem solving, computer and information literacy, and mathematics.