The Outcomes Assessment Committee, formerly known as the Outcomes Assessment Team for Student Success (OATSS), was established in 2007 with members from across the Academic Area to assist and facilitate efforts to develop and implement a Learning Outcomes Assessment Plan for Academic Affairs.
OAC is a team of partners in learning whose purpose is to assist all academic administrators, faculty and staff in the development and implementation of the college’s learning outcomes assessment plan. OAC held its first meeting on February 4, 2008 to discuss the charge and the process.
The responsibility and topics of the OAC includes, but is not limited to, the following:
- Developing an institutionalized academic learning assessment and evaluation plan that documents educational quality and institutional effectiveness; and fosters institutional improvement and demonstrates accountability.
- Underscoring the importance of assessment; recognizing the benefit of assessment activities and ensuring that assessment is embraced (college-wide) as the way to improve, not to criticize, learning and services to students and the community.
- Conducting assessment with connections that are holistic and circular, ensuring that it proceeds as value.
- Evaluating existing campus and system assessment instruments.
- Setting of time-tables that will be working towards establishing an institutionalized assessment plan that goes hand in hand with the strategic plan.
- Revisiting the college’s Mission Statement, Vision Statement and Strategic Plan in order to align the Learning Outcomes Assessment with the objectives of each.
- Providing information about assessing student learning in courses, programs, and conducting assessment of college-wide competencies.
- Serving as a clearinghouse for assessment resources, both print and electronic and varied professional development opportunities, in conjunction with the Center for Teaching and Learning.
This group has been engaged in these efforts, meeting throughout the semester. Professional development and training in outcomes assessment were identified as key variables to the success of these efforts. For this reason, ongoing professional development is being supported and encouraged.