Academic Program Assessment

What is Academic Program Assessment?
There are many definitions, but here is a brief one: the systematic and methodologically sound examination of outcomes for the purpose of program improvement. The majority of assessment should focus on student learning outcomes.

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 Commission on Colleges (SACSCOC) as listed in 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- Academic Assessment occurs at every level of the College. Some areas include:

Course Assessment-assessment that occurs in a course and determines how well a course meets the specified student learning outcomes.

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

General Education Program Assessment- program level assessment that measures student learning outcomes within the AA program. Includes both cluster and general education student learning outcomes.

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