B2. Learning Outcomes Assessment: A Transformational Experience at Mitchell Community College

Salon 10

In the spring of 2013, the Vice-President for Instruction along with a group of faculty from Mitchell Community College attended the “Community College Conference on Learning Assessment” hosted by Valencia. The purpose of attending the conference was to better prepare for SACSCOC’s standard on General Education Competencies. Based on knowledge gained from the conference, Mitchell has transformed its general education learning outcomes process from a mandatory graduation exit test to a course-embedded authentic assessment approach. Since 2014, faculty have been actively engaged in the general education learning outcomes process, allowing the College to collect sufficient data at the aggregate level to meet the SACSCOC standard. We are now preparing to correlate specific soft skills, as identified by the North Carolina Labor and Economic Analysis Division and EMSI®, with the results of Mitchell Essential Learning Outcomes (MELO) assessment, by discipline, to help students succeed in the workforce. In this presentation, we will review the development of MELO including: faculty engagement in the process; faculty-developed rubrics; tools for assessment collection; sample reports; and how data has been used for curriculum and student learning improvements.

Institutional Effectiveness

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