Montco's commitment to assessment reflects its recognition of the critical role that an ongoing, systemic cycle of assessment plays. Quality assessment promotes continuous improvement at all levels by providing the necessary evidence to guide effective decision-making. This includes such areas as budgeting, curricular development, and the alignment of services to meet the needs of Montco's community. The College also recognizes the importance of assessment to our external stakeholders, accrediting bodies and, most importantly, our students.

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

Overview: Assessment of Student Learning Outcomes

Program Core Course

Approach: Academic Program Review Process including Annual and 5-Year Reviews

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

Academic Program Advisory Committees which include outside experts who advise selected programs on trends and improvements

Student Artifacts identified prior to assessment and mapped to and through programs

All-College Calendar of Course Assessment every course assessed regularly

External Accreditation are credentials for selected programs and license students

Plans with Rubrics Mapped to Outcomes faculty-designed measures for maximum information

Student Success Initiatives including Gatekeeper Course Monitoring, the Gateway Academy and Blackboard Analytics

Academic Program Review which include SWOT analysis, curricular review, external advising, transfer partner review, and evidence of student learning

Assessment Activities of faculty-driven assessment within general education courses

New and Modified Courses with mandatory assessment plans to create a culture of assessment

Program Analytics Report including annual report card, institutional program data, curriculum monitoring, and assessment results

Evidence of Student Learning which includes data-driven reporting of direct and indirect measures

Student Course Evaluations which are anonymous and aggregated

Curriculum Mapping of each program records how content related to the program outcomes is presented

Benchmarking via external data from Community College Survey of Student Engagement (CCSSE) and Voluntary Framework of Accountability (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