Assessment Committee

About the Committee

Goals

  1. Provide professional development opportunities for classified, faculty, and administrators that will further the effectiveness of our existing assessment work
  2. Move Assessment into being positively connected to student success
  3. Meet Compliance Requirements

Charge

Coordinates all student learning outcomes assessment processes and reports to Executive Vice President of Academic Affairs and Student Services.

Scope

Coordinates all Student Learning Outcomes Assessment

In order to maintain administrative oversight of the entire range of campus assessment activities, an Assessment Team meets at least once per semester to set college-wide assessment goals, plan for the Community College Survey of Student Engagement and Noel-Levitz schedules, and assess needs of faculty and staff in regard to assessment training.

Philosophy Statement

For today's student, learning is more than simply acquiring knowledge. While learning certainly involves mastery of subject matter, it also requires the application of that knowledge, the discovery and utilization of resources, and the solving of problems. Such learning may occur anywhere in the college environment and is not restricted to interactions between students and instructors in a classroom. Instead, the entire campus works together to support student growth and development for life long learning.

Effective student learning, in fact, becomes essential to the social and economic development of multicultural California. Consequently, policy directions for Bakersfield College are based on providing, monitoring and improving student learning through appropriate assessment measures. Outcomes assessment is the process that not only monitors what and how well students learn, but it also measures the effectiveness of the institution in providing effective learning opportunities. These opportunities must include the dissemination and understanding of learning objectives and student support strategies as well as the consistent application of high academic standards.

 

Overall, such an on-going student outcomes assessment process works to improve institutional effectiveness. This process uses multiple measures of valid, reliable, and relevant assessment procedures, both quantitative and qualitative, to monitor and improve courses, services, and programs. The data collected over time will provide information for curriculum reform, broad-based planning, resource allocation, organizational leadership, institutional governance, and staff and student development. This information is used to improve instruction, student, and community services, and to certify academic excellence for the college clientele and constituencies.


In addition to meeting state and accreditation requirements, this ongoing assessment process will provide the campus the following opportunities:

  • campus-wide collegiality
  • recruitment and outreach strategies
  • links to community learning and economic development
  • on-going staff development projects
  • learning communities and interdisciplinary collaboration

Individual personnel evaluation is addressed in the Kern Community College Board Policy and Procedures Manual and CCA Contract and is separate from this student outcomes assessment process.

Other Information

The Assessment Committee communicates with SDCC, Exec. VP Academic Affairs, Academic Senate


Committee History

2012-2013 Summary

How are you evaluating your committee's effectiveness in meeting college goals and your committee charge?

  • After each workshop offered by the committee we handed out evaluations to participants. We are also working on a rubric to evaluate the committee work overall.

What did your evaluation reveal?

  • The particpants learned a lot and indicated that they would like to see more workshops offered on course assessments.

How will you use your findings to effect positive change?

  • We will be sure to offer more workshops next year on topics indicated by participants evaluations.