Journal of Applied Research in the Community College

Articles from Vol. 15, No. 2, Spring

Assessing General Education Programs
Assessing General Education Programs. Mary J. Allen. Anker Publishing Company, Bolton, MA: 2006. 269 pages.Institutional researchers at community colleges across the country have become increasingly engaged with assessing student learning. Indeed, many...
Assessing Student Outcomes in Learning Communities: Two Decades of Studies at a Community College
The assessment of student learning outcomes in integrated courses is particularly challenging. This article reviews a range of assessment studies conducted over two decades by a community college that requires integrated Learning Communities for the...
Critical Factors Affecting the Assessment of Student Learning Outcomes: A Delphi Study of the Opinions of Community College Personnel
The purpose of this qualitative study was to identify critically important factors that affect the meaningful assessment of student learning outcomes and study why these factors were critically important. A three-round Delphi process was used to solicit...
Degree Progress Measures for Community Colleges: Analyzing the Maryland Model
Over a two-year period beginning in March 2004, community colleges in Maryland developed a revised set of accountability indicators for a state-mandated Performance Accountability Report first required by a 1988 statute. A major innovation was a new...
From the Editors
We are pleased to present a special topical issue on institutional effectiveness and assessment of student learning outcomes. The emphasis on accountability and tracking institutional performance as well as the interest on defining and measuring student...
Improving Institutional Effectiveness: The Relationship between Assessing Student Learning Outcomes and Strategic Planning in California Community Colleges
Community colleges in California are grappling with developing and assessing student learning outcomes (SLOs), as the accrediting agency is holding them accountable for providing evidence of student learning as one measure of institutional effectiveness....
Similarities and Differences between the Key Elements Identified by Faculty and Administrators Leading to Successful Implementation of Student Learning Outcomes
The initiation of new accreditation standards for the Western Association of Schools and Colleges in 2002 mandated assessing student learning as a requirement for all community colleges. This study examined a non-Californian community college recognized...
Strategic Reporting Tool: Balanced Scorecards in Higher Education
In this toolbox article, the authors describe the recommended steps for creating a community college balanced scorecard that measures and reports on key performance indicators based on targets and signal values to end-users, college constituents and...
Using Cognitive, Motivational, and Emotional Constructs for Assessing Learning Outcomes in Student Services: An Exploratory Study
Several cognitive motivational scales were examined for their ability to predict short-range academic outcomes (grades, percentage of units earned over units attempted, units earned), and to measure cognitive gains as a consequence of services provided...
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