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Criterion 3: Student Learning and Effective Teaching

Estrella Mountain provides evidence of student learning and teaching effectiveness that demonstrates it is fulfilling its educational mission.

Estrella Mountain continues to grow and infuse a culture of assessment into the teaching and learning environment to inform improvements in curriculum, pedagogy, instructional resources, and student services. Strategic Direction II of the College’s Strategic Plan, Creating a Culture of Assessment, reinforces an organizational commitment to assessing and documenting learning outcomes across divisions. To achieve strategies that improve learning, the College utilizes both direct and indirect measures to advance institutional practices. Measures include assessment of learning outcomes and national instruments such as the Community College Survey of Student Engagement (CCSSE) and the Noel-Levitz Student Satisfaction Inventory. Strengthening the College’s commitment to improving student learning, the assessment of learning outcomes are directly linked to the budget development process. Requests for resources are examined by the Budget Development Steering Team for their impact on learning. 

In addition to ongoing assessments efforts, Estrella Mountain Community College faculty continue to experiment and assess the effectiveness of various teaching pedagogies. From learning communities and modular classes, to innovative learning spaces, the Estrella Mountain General Education program has evolved in the past 10 years to now demonstrate a wide range of instructional pedagogies that directly focus on student success.