Assessment of Learning

Montgomery County Community College's commitment to assessment reflects the College's recognition of the critical role that a systematic and ongoing cycle of assessment plays in continuous improvement. Quality assessment promotes continuous improvement at all levels of the College by providing the necessary evidence to guide effective decision-making, for example, in budgeting, curricular development, and the alignment of services to meet the needs of the College community. The College also recognizes the importance of assessment to our external stakeholders and accrediting bodies and, most importantly, to our students.

Our commitment to assessment at Montgomery County Community College remains embedded in each year of the College's Strategic Plan and in the College's most current Mission Statement.

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Montgomery County Community College
Overview: Assessment of Student Learning Outcomes

Program

Core

Course

Approach: Annual Report Cards and Five-Year Review Process Approach: A Modified Institutional Portfolio Approach: Targeting Student Success Every Year
Program Assessment Plans
include Student Learning Outcomes and identify measures used for assessment
Thirteen Core Learning Goals
each with specific outcomes mapped to courses and programs
ACT 335 standard course forms
with measurable outcomes, identification of General Education goals and integrated assessment plans
Annual Program Reporting includes institutional program data, curriculum monitoring, and assessment results Student Artifacts
identified prior to assessment and mapped to and through programs
All-College Calendar of Course Assessment
every course assessed regularly
Academic Program Advisory Committees
which include outside experts who advise selected programs on trends and improvements
Plans with Rubrics Mapped to Outcomes
faculty-designed measures for maximum information
Gatekeeper Course Monitoring
in conjunction with the Student Success Initiative
External Accreditation
are credentials for selected programs and license students
Assessment Activities
of faculty-driven assessment within general education courses
New and Modified Courses with mandatory assessment plans to create a culture of assessment
Academic Program Review which include SWOT analysis, curricular review, external advising, transfer partner review, and evidence of student learning Evidence of Student Learning
which includes data-driven reporting of direct and indirect measures
Student Course Evaluations
which are anonymous and aggregated
  Benchmarking
via external data from CCSSE and VFA-recommended standards
Faculty-Driven Improvement
for use as evidence in programs and courses right away
  Closing the Loop
which includes using evidence for immediate improvement
Center for Faculty Development Support
with ongoing training in best practices

Institutional Assessment

 

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