Lake Washington Institute of Technology (LWTech) faculty members design, revise, and participate in regular assessment of student learning. This includes three core processes: Global Outcomes (GOs) Reporting, completion of the Program Outcomes Guide (POG), and annual Program Review. The purpose of assessment is to provide an honest and accurate look at:
The information below provides an overview of the three core learning assessment processes. Faculty members are provided with more detailed information, forms, and support when they participate in each process. Please contact Sally Heilstedt if you have questions, desire clarification, or want support in completing any of the processes.
Global Outcomes are college-wide learning outcomes and include communication, critical thinking, information literacy, intercultural appreciation, and teamwork. Certificates of proficiency designate one course that teaches to and assesses each GO; degrees designate two for each.
Faculty Insight: During the Spring 2019 Faculty Department Chairs and Program Directors meeting, faculty noted that the Global Outcomes (and their reporting process) create curricular focus on preparing students for “tomorrow’s opportunities” through continuous improvement of soft skills instruction. Faculty also stated that the GOs unify instruction across programs, inclusive of general education and provide the opportunity to share best practices and learn from peers. Global Outcomes are critical for student achievement during and after college because they take a holistic approach to students’ success.
Program outcomes are the overall abilities students will be able to demonstrate upon completion of a program (i.e., certificate or degree). The program outcomes are listed in the college catalog and each course’s outcomes align with the program outcomes.
Faculty Insight: Faculty discussion of program outcomes assessment at the Spring 2019 Faculty Department Chairs and Program Directors meeting included multiple insights that will continue to define the purpose of this work. Program outcomes are the job skills students need to be successfully employed. The POG helps faculty examine not just student learning but also the teaching of the outcomes. It also focuses faculty on the essential outcomes of their programs and on offering a valuable education, one that gets students to the level expected by industry.
Program Review provides the opportunity to assess student access to and success in each program and to look at overall needs of the program to improve those indirect measures of student learning. In 2017-18, Program Review underwent extensive revision to provide meaningful and manageable assessment of each program by faculty and administrators. The new format allows faculty to analyze their program enrollment, retention, and completion through an equity lens by disaggregating student success by students of color and white students. Each program review written by faculty is assessed by the Dean and Vice President of Instruction. In its first year, all but one program completed the review. In 2018-19, all programs completed the review.
Faculty Insight: Program Review provides crucial indirect measures of student learning that lead faculty to make decisions that ultimately affect student achievement of learning outcomes. During the Spring 2019 Faculty Department Chairs and Program Directors meeting, faculty described Program Review as the process of analyzing data, identifying trends, and addressing problems within the programs that affect student retention and completion.
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