At the core of MCC’s assessment of student learning is an emphasis on the assessment of course-embedded assignments. MCC recognizes the professional expertise of the individual faculty, whose experience in grading work is the foundational assessment act. The faculties are developing more intentional, reflective and specific criteria for measuring student performance on a particular assignment. The faculties are developing rubrics that specify levels of performance across various criteria to score student work across sections, and then to analyze the distribution of scores to discover patterns of strengths and weaknesses in student performance. The faculties engage in discussion of the findings which lead to suggestions on improving teaching methods, assignments, course design, integrations of technologies, etc. to improve student learning. The student artifact can be any assignment already embedded within a course that can be scored using the rubric.
Faculty work in developing assessment of student learning plans using embedded assignments has prepared the foundation for a comprehensive college-wide plan for studying student learning. MCC has developed a college-wide plan aimed at studying student learning in academic and support services areas of the college such as Student Services, Financial Aid, etc. Information gathered from across the college units will provide the basis for connecting the college’s mission, strategic plan and future budgeting efforts. Annual plans provide the faculty with evidence and information required in Annual Program Reviews, Comprehensive Program Reviews and regional accreditation efforts.
Mohave Community College is committed to inspiring excellence by providing students with the best possible learning experiences to support their educational and career goals. In support of this commitment, we regularly gather and evaluate evidence of student learning. This evidence also demonstrates the quality of our programs and courses to future students, accrediting bodies, and others.
Additional Assessment of Institutional Effectiveness
In addition to assessment of student learning, MCC uses a variety of other measures of institutional effectiveness, including the American Association of Community College’s Voluntary Framework of Accountability (VFA). The VFA is the first national system of accountability specifically for community colleges by community colleges.
MCC participates in the Arizona Community Colleges: Long-Term Strategic Vision.
MCC participated in CCSSE (Community College Survey of Student Engagement) in 2010 and 2012. CCSSE is a survey that measures student engagement in community colleges across the country.