Academic Program Assessment

 

What is Assessment?
 
There are many definitions, but here is a brief one: the systematic and methodologically sound examination of student learning outcomes for the purpose of program improvement.

Why Assess?
While the primary purpose of assessment is to improve student learning, it is also required by our accrediting body, the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools (SACS). Southern Association of Colleges and Schools (SACS) Comprehensive Standard 3.3.1 "The institution identifies expected outcomes, assesses the extent to which it achieves these outcomes, and provides evidence of improvement based on analysis of the results." (Institutional Effectiveness)

Academic Assessment at HCC:

Technical Program Assessment-program level assessment that includes student learning outcomes within each technical and workforce program. 

General Education Program Assessment- program level assessment that includes student learning outcomes within the AA program.

IR Academic Assessment- assessment conducted by the office of institutional research which occurs at the institutional level. This often supports research-based planning and evaluation processes.