Friday – July 20, 2018

Program Assessment and Continuous Improvement

Assessment at MATC is the process of gathering and discussing information from multiple and diverse sources to develop a deep understanding of what students know, understand, and can do with their knowledge as a result of their educational experiences; the process culminates when assessment results are used to improve subsequent learning.

MATC uses the Quality Review Process (QRP) for continuous improvement of academic programs. Programs review metrics included in the state indicators, such as course completion, graduation rates, and job placement. Moving forward, in addition to the state indicators, programs will review Institutional, Program, and Course Outcomes. This data enables the program faculty to develop an action plan that will strengthen the program.

Resources reviewed by programs as part of the QRP include:

 

Quality Review Cycle Phases graphic

 

Program Learning Outcomes

Program Learning Outcomes are statements that describe what students will know and be able to do when they graduate from a particular program. These can include any state-identified outcome, or skills identified in Technical Skills Attainment (TSA) documentation.

 

WTCS Technical Skill approval and reporting graphic

 

Student Outcomes Assessment

Student Outcomes Assessment (SOA) is a systematic process by which learning is evaluated. In the past at MATC, Liberal Arts & Sciences applied SOA to assess Institutional Learning Outcomes (Core Abilities) whereas the technical programs utilized SOA to evaluate Program Learning Outcomes. For these programs, multiple assessments were identified and aggregated over multiple semesters. The data was analyzed to identify strengths and weaknesses of the overall program and Action Plans were created to address these findings. Moving forward, the components of SOA will be reviewed and incorporated as part of QRP for Programs, including the AAA and AAS Programs.