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CHANGES IN ASSESSMENT

by Michael Gavin, Faculty Chair, AOAC

New Web site
Check out the new Academic Outcomes Assessment Committee (AOAC) Web site! On it, you will find a summary of some of the changes departments have made as a result of the assessment process. The Web site also provides useful tools for streamlining departmental assessment projects, such as rubric templates and step-by-step explanations of how to carry out course assessment. A link to the site is available on the Faculty and Staff Quick links page: the address is http://academic.pgcc.edu/assessment/index.htm.

Critical Thinking and Assessment
Second, to coincide with “The Year of Critical Thinking,” the AOAC has developed a new system for assessing courses that will bolster PGCC faculty’s ability to measure students’ critical thinking. Under the new system, assessments are to measure outcomes that require higher-ordering thinking tasks, defined as above the level of comprehension on Bloom’s taxonomy. 

New Forms
The new forms for planning assessment and reporting results are available at the new Web site.  These forms reflect new policies in assessment that are supposed to make the process easier while offering results pertaining to critical thinking. 

We hope to make assessment an easy process that yields useful results. Should you have any questions, or if you would like an AOAC member to assist your faculty in the assessment process, please do not hesitate to contact Mike Gavin on extension 0588, gavinmh@pgcc.edu.

 

The Instructional Area Newsletter, Volume 20, No. 1 

Fall 2004