At the center of all assessment at East Central College is a desire to improve student learning. Effective assessment strategy at ECC is centered on the systematic collection of information about student learning experiences from multiple diverse sources. Focused, contextualized study of these items can produce meaningful discussion regarding the effectiveness of the instruction, curriculum, resources, programs, and services provided to students.
Committee Mission, Purpose and Structure
The Instructional Assessment Committee (IAC) is dedicated to building a culture of assessment at ECC by engaging the college community in learner-centered assessment at the course, program/department, and institutional levels.
The IAC commits to:
- working collaboratively to identify and develop assessment best practices
- serving as assessment liaisons who provide expertise and encouragement to colleagues
- promoting the goals of assessment within and across departments
The committee provides guidance and assistance in the implementation of the institutional assessment plan by:
- coordinating assessment of the Institutional Student Learning Outcomes
- developing and maintaining program review processes and schedules
- providing faculty and staff development related to the various levels of assessment
- aligning assessment practices with the college’s strategic plan and budgetary process
The committee coordinates assessment processes for curricular and co-curricular learning outcomes, which involves:
- establishing learning outcomes to be measured
- selecting and/or creating measurement instruments
- determining measurement criteria
- using the data to generate changes for improvement
- communicating to divisions on matters related to assessment
- continually assessing the effectiveness of the learning outcomes and our processes
The work of the Instructional Assessment committee is divided into the following subcommittees, each with specific responsibilities:
- Comprehensive Review -Program/Discipline
- Course Level Outcomes/Assessment
- Co-Curricular Assessment
- Institutional Student Learning Outcomes
- Professional/Faculty Development and Support
A faculty-led Instructional Assessment Committee guides the work of assessment of student learning, provides support to faculty, and reviews departmental assessment plans and reports. The structure of the committee has been changed by dividing responsibilities among subcommittees to adequately support the core components of assessment including Program Review, Institutional Student Learning Outcomes, Course and Department Level Outcomes, Assessment of Co-curricular Outcomes and Faculty Development and Support. These subcommittees will collaborate to ensure all components of academic assessment are systematic. In addition to the representative faculty, the Assessment Committee also includes the Director of Online Learning and Educational Technology, the Director of Early College Programs, the Director of Student Life and Leadership, the Director of Institutional Research, the Executive Director of Academic Success Services, a Library Services Representative and an Academic Advisor.
Ex Officio members
- Academic Dean
- Vice President of Academic Affairs
- Executive Director of Institutional Effectiveness
Institutional Student Learning Outcomes (ISLO)
Institutional Student Learning Outcomes (ISLOs) include general skills, knowledge, or applications which students are expected to demonstrate after completing a program of study. The goal of assessing ISLOs is to help improve our courses, curriculum, student success, instruction and/or services. The ongoing process of student outcomes assessment also serves as evidence for institutional planning, resource allocation, and staff and faculty development.
- Critical Thinking – Students will be able to integrate knowledge for creating solutions to novel challenges.
- Communication – Students will be able to effectively express ideas and exchange knowledge in multiple ways.
- Social Responsibility – Students will demonstrate an understanding of social responsibility.
- Personal and Professional Development – Students will take responsibility for their personal and professional development.