Student learning is assessed at the course level by individual and/or collaborating groups of faculty within an academic department. Individual and summary data are stored in submitted course assessment reports. In these reports, faculty identify which course learning outcomes were assessed and they link their assessment to one or more of GCC’s Institutional Learning Outcomes (ILOs). They describe the assessment measure and the achievement results. Faculty also detail how their results were used to improve student learning. The information from these reports is summarized in each department’s public Academic Assessment Plan.
Department Assessment Coordinators
Each of GCC’s 19 academic departments is represented by a faculty liaison known as the Department Assessment Coordinator (DAC). The DAC’s primary role is to work with their department to coordinate the department’s assessment plan, assist faculty members with developing assessments and completing their reports, participate in assessment-related activities and events in order to serve as a departmental resource, train faculty in the use of the Institutional Learning Outcome rubrics, and provide a direct line of communication between the College Assessment & Review Team (CART) and their department. The DACs are also responsible for sharing assessment results and discussing next steps within their departments on a regular basis.
Academic Assessment Plan
The DACs summarize the assessment work of their departments in comprehensive Academic Assessment Plans. Prior to the development of the Academic Assessment Plan process in AY18-19, the DACs submitted Executive Summaries that described the assessment work completed by their department that year. Read the Executive Summaries from AY16-17 and AY17-18.
Department of the Year
2019: Student Affairs
Recognizing that student learning occurs not just in the classroom but in all the places students find themselves throughout the college, Student Affairs was honored as the 2019 Department of the Year. New to the formal assessment process, Student Affairs employees underwent learning outcome and assessment training and drafted plans for assessment in Admissions & Records, Advisement, Athletics, Disability Resource Services, Early Outreach, EXCEL, Financial Aid, Global Educational Services, Student Leadership Center, and Veterans Services Center. During the 2019-2020 academic year, the managers of these areas will implement their assessment plans and use what they learn to improve student learning.
2018: Mathematics and Computer Science
This department created an online assessment system for all 32 of their courses. Students complete the assessments during class then course section leaders analyze the data and provide both individual data to instructors as well as summary data. In their section leader meeting, faculty discuss what changes should be made either to the assessment or in the course to meet student learning goals. An example of a change resulting from the assessment included the recommendation that instructors for Calculus with Analytic Geometry provide a review of integration techniques and place greater emphasis on the various notations.