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Assessing Student Learning

Assessing Student Learning

When their time at GCC is complete, are students leaving with the content knowledge, marketable skills, and life skills necessary for success? That is the question the GCC assessment of student learning program seeks to answer.

Assessment Program

Glendale Community College strives to develop and maintain learning systems that foster student success with respect to disciplinary expertise and the institution’s general education learning outcomes: oral, written, and visual communication; critical and creative thinking; personal and civic responsibility; awareness and appreciation of diversity; information literacy; and clarification of career goals and the knowledge and skills needed for success in the workplace. Student assessment at GCC focuses on the verification and improvement of student learning through a comprehensive program of academic benchmarking, data collection, analysis, and implementation. GCC uses multiple sources of evidence to discover what and how students learn and how they might use their learning experiences upon exiting the institution.

Glendale Assessment Unites to CHange Outcomes (GAUCHO) Assessment Site

The GAUCHO goal is to provide an extensive resource for assessment information in one easy location. The engagement we have seen with assessment on campus in formal and informal settings continues in this online environment. Visit the GAUCHO website.

College Assessment and Review Team (CART)

Vision

To increase student retention, persistence, and completion through a comprehensive program of assessment of student learning.

Mission

Using an integrated, iterative, and effective process of course-, program-, and institution-level assessment of student learning, we will Apply Sustainable Solutions to Empower Student Success (ASSESS).

G.E.A.R. Up for Success

As members of a higher education community, our mission is to help student achieve their Goal for coming to Glendale, the receipt of a certificate or degree or transfer to a four-year university. Learning occurs in two ways: through Engagement in Student Affairs and co- and extra-curricular programs and through the Academic courses and degree programs in which students are enrolled. If we succeed in our mission, students can showcase on their Resume the marketable and life skills they developed at Glendale that employers, universities, and graduate programs look for in successful candidates.

GCC implemented the College Assessment & Review Taskforce (CART) in fall 2014. In 2019, we became the College Assessment & Review Team. CART surveys assessment best practices, identifies and develops assessment tools, and provides training resources to support GCC’s assessment programming. CART is responsible for communicating assessment-related initiatives with campus stakeholders in order to foster a culture of effective and authentic assessment of student learning. CART supports and integrates assessment at the course, program, and institutional level.

In 2018, CART was reorganized to better support GCC’s assessment efforts. On the faculty side, CART includes a Director, a Course Lead, a Program Lead, an Institutional Lead, and Faculty Representatives. On the administrative side, CART includes two Deans of Instruction (Academic and Career & Technical Education) and representatives from Student Affairs and Institutional Effectiveness. CART reports to the Vice President of Academic Affairs. Representatives from the Center for Teaching, Learning, and Engagement, Administrative Services, and Information Technology are included on an ad hoc basis. Also working with CART are the Department Assessment Coordinators who provide assessment support to each academic department.

CART Organizational Chart

Contact

Julie Morrison, PhD
Department Chair
Director of Assessment & Review
Faculty

Room: LS-268
Phone: (623) 845-4761
julie.morrison@gccaz.edu

Lorelei Carvajal, Ed.D.
Dean of Instruction – Academic Affairs (Interim) Staff

Room: HT2-130
Phone: (623) 845-3729
lorelei.carvajal@gccaz.edu