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
|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|