The Office of Curriculum and Assessment assists faculty in a variety of ways related to the assessment of student learning. The Office of Curriculum and Assessment oversees the college’s various assessment plans connected to Program Learning Outcomes. The plans include Program Learning Outcomes, student assessment plans for measuring the PLOs within programs, and the collection of data from course based assignments, as well as assessment of the General Education Core Curriculum.
The Office of Curriculum and Assessment assists faculty in the analysis and summarization of their assessment data. Analyzing the data begins the process of telling the story of their students’ learning. This information can help faculty improve or develop curriculum, change the way they teach, and understand their students’ needs clearer.
To reach the Office of Curriculum and Assessment, please call (708) 974-5253
Course based assessments
Course based assessments are designed primarily for academic disciplines. Assessment of student learning is measured by learning outcomes for each course.
Program Learning Outcomes
Program Learning Outcomes (PLOs) are the skills that students should be able to demonstrate based on the curriculum and instruction they receive within the degree or certificate. In other words, what are the primary things students should be able to do once they complete their program? Some of the program learning outcomes could include course learning outcomes found in multiple courses in the program.
General Education Learning Outcomes are the skills found throughout general education and career courses that students should be able to demonstrate. The specific objectives of the general education program are to develop in each student the following traits and abilities:
- Communicating – Read and listen with comprehension. Write and speak efficiently in standard English.
- Reasoning Ability – Identify and solve problems.
- Information Literacy – Locate, evaluate and use information effectively.
- Quantitative Analysis – Analyze, interpret and apply numerical, graphical, and statistical data and concepts.
- Scientific Awareness – Apply the scientific method of inquiry.
- Technological Competency – Use computer information systems and other technology efficiently.
- Social Sciences Perspective – Apply basic principles of social and behavioral sciences influencing individuals and groups.
- Literary and Artistic Insight – Appreciate the nature of literary, philosophical and artistic expression and how particular works have contributed to the ideas and culture of the past and present.
- Valuing Diversity – Value diversity’s influences on experiences, values, and thoughts of individuals and cultures.
- Global Awareness – Recognize major institutions, persons, ideologies, and events have shaped the nature and cultures of the world.
- Social Responsibility and Sustainability – Work effectively with others. Recognize one’s ethical, legal, social, and sustainable responsibilities.
Moraine Valley Community College Assessment Plan consists of a Five-Year Assessment Plan with an annual student Assessment Plan and accompanying report each year to complete a yearly cycle of assessment.
The Five-Year Assessment Plan
All Program Learning Outcomes need to be assessed within a five year period so we know students are meeting these outcomes in each program. The final list of broad Program Learning Outcomes for a program (degree or certificate) are spread evenly across a time period of five years. The information gained from this assessment feeds into the five-year program review required by ICCB.
The Annual student Assessment Plan and Report (SAP/R)
The Annual Student Assessment Plan establishes clear assessment initiatives for the upcoming year. It is submitted in August, prior to the start of the upcoming academic year. Assessment plans will generally include:
- A list of courses/programs being assessed in the coming year.
- An explanation of the assessment methods that will be used to assess these courses/programs.
- A brief explanation regarding the implementation of the plan
The Annual Assessment Report documents the department’s assessment activities carried out according to departmental assessment plan. In other words, how did you carry out this plan and what are your findings? The report is generally written and submitted at the end of September, after the previous year’s assessment data has been analyzed and summarized. The assessment report will generally include:
- Description or copies of assessment methods/tools used.
- Student learning outcomes measured/documented/achieved. What did your assessment results measure? A copy of your assessment results. These are the findings from your assessment tools.
- A results analysis. This is your interpretation of the results. What do the results mean? How are the results indicative of student learning in the course/program?
- How the assessment results have been or will be used to improve the curriculum and instruction. The ultimate goal is to use assessment results to improve student learning.