Challenge VII: Assessment-Data Book
Response to concerns about Assessment data book- a roadmap, which links goals, methods, results and feedback:
This data book provides a longitudinal running history of how assessment has made a difference at Miller College from its conception.
All data, including the General Education Assessments, and Status Reports for each program of study (Arts and Science, Business, Education, Nursing) are housed on the College Server/Z-drive as well as in notebooks in the Assessment Office. This data is used frequently in discussions in the Assessment Committee Meetings, Academic Affairs, Self-Study, etc.
The data is used for marketing the benefits of the College’s educational programs for the students and graduates, and for evaluating current practices and planning strategies for improvement.
As noted in the Self-Study Criterion 4.A.1 Miller College maintains a practice of regular program reviews.
In line with the philosophy of continuous improvement, Miller College evaluates the performance of each area of operations. Assessment plans have been developed and implemented for each of the degree programs. These plans and the information gathered from their implementation are reviewed annually for continuous improvement purposes. The assessment process aids the College in gathering evidence that can show that graduates are prepared for their professional careers and for service to the community. The assessment process also yields data that can assist with program improvement.
The Assessment Committee and Academic Affairs take a leading role in program improvement. The Assessment Committee is comprised of the Deans of each School, the Vice President, and representatives from the faculty and Student Services. The Committee regularly reviews the effectiveness of each program by analyzing data from the Status Report and the assessment plan for each School. Status reports are shared during Academic Affairs meetings, Advisory Board meetings and with the Miller College Board of Trustees. The Assessment Committee members are part of Academic Affairs guaranteeing congruence in reporting the results of assessment administration, data evaluation discussions and the recommendations for and issues associated with continuous program improvement.
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