Assessing Student Learning in the Community and Two-Year College
Successful Strategies and Tools Developed by Practitioners in Student and Academic Affairs

Foreword by William E. Piland
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Published: December 2013  

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Publisher: Stylus Publishing
216 pp., 6" x 9"
14 figures & 5 tables
This is a practical resource for community and two year college professionals engaged at all levels of learning outcomes assessment, in both academic and co-curricular environments. It is designed as a guide both to inform the creation of new assessment efforts and to enhance and strengthen assessment programs already established, or in development.

Each chapter addresses a key component of the assessment process, beginning with the creation of a learning-centered culture and the development and articulation of shared outcomes goals and priorities. Subsequent chapters lead the reader through the development of a plan, the selection of assessment methods, and the analysis of results. The book concludes by discussing the communication of results and their use in decision making; integrating the conclusions in program review as well as to inform budgeting; and, finally, evaluating the process for continuous improvement, as well as engaging in reflection.

The book is illustrated by examples developed by faculty and student affairs/services professionals at community and two year colleges from across the country. Furthermore, to ensure its relevance and applicability for its targeted readership, each chapter has at least one author who is a community college or two-year college professional.

Contributors are drawn from the following colleges:
Borough of Manhattan Community College
David Phillips
Buffalo State College
Joy Battison
Kimberly Kline
Booker Piper
Butler County Community College
Sunday Faseyitan
California State University, Fullerton
John Hoffman
Genesee Community College
Thomas Priester
Virginia Taylor
Heald College
Megan Lawrence
Stephanie Romano (now with Education Affiliates)
Hobart and William Smith Colleges
Stacey Pierce
Miami Dade College
John Frederick
Barbara Rodriguez
Northern Illinois University
Victoria Livingston
Paradise Valley Community College
Paul Dale
San Diego Mesa College
Jill Baker
Julianna Barnes
San Diego State University
Marilee Bresciani
San Juan College
David Eppich
Stark State College
Barbara Milliken
University of Akron
Sandra Coyner
Megan Moore Gardner

Table of Contents:
Foreword - William E. Piland
Preface - Megan Moore Gardner

1) Determining What You Want to Get Out of the Process - Megan Moore Gardner and Barbara Milliken
2) Establishing a Learning-Centered Culture: Commitment to Evidence-Based Decision-Making - Paul A. Dale
3) Developing Shared Learning Outcomes and Determining Priorities for Assessment - Barbara June Rodriguez and John Frederick
4) Building a Professional Development Plan - Virginia Taylor
5) Selecting a Method - Victoria Livingston, David Phillips, and Kimberly A. Kline
6) Analyzing and Interpreting Results - Kimberly A. Kline, Joy Battison, and Booker T. Piper, Jr.
7) Using and Communicating Results - Stephanie Romano and Megan Daane Lawrence
8) Decision-Making in the Student Learning Outcome Assessment Process - Sandra Coyner and Sunday O. Faseyitan
9) Incorporating Outcomes-Based Assessment into Program Review and Budgeting - David P. Eppich and Marilee J. Bresciani
10) Evaluating the Process - Thomas C. Priester and Stacey N. Pierce
11) Looking Ahead: Moving Toward a More Holistic Approach to Assessment - Marilee J. Bresciani, John L. Hoffman, Jill Baker, and Julianna Barnes

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Reviews & Endorsements:
"The timing for this book could not be better. With regional accrediting agencies across the country focusing on the assessment piece of the learning paradigm, with more and more states moving to a form of performance-based funding with specific milestones which equate to dollars for colleges, and with greater demands for meaningful accountability measures from state and federal sources, assessment has risen to the top of the priorities hierarchy for community colleges. The strategies and tools presented in this volume should be of assistance to community college instructional and student services professionals. CEOs, vice-presidents and deans are provided with ideas which can assist them as they view assessment from a global perch. Program and service directors, teaching faculty, counselors and advisors who are on the front lines, will learn assessment approaches that they can utilize from day one.”
- William E. Piland, Professor Emeritus , San Diego State University
“Moving from a strong conceptual framework to implementation of assessment of student learning outcomes, the authors guide community college faculty, student services and assessment professionals through a variety of rational and workable approaches. This book is about empowering educators with practical, tested activities, that help community colleges design and put in to action a system of assessment that provides evidence-based outcome information. This book is a must have resource for any community college professional engaged in assessment of student learning.”
- Brad C. Phillips, Ph.D., President/CEO , Institute for Evidence-Based Change