Assessment and Planning at TMCC

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At the Assessment and Planning Office, we value research and assessment to improve all facets of TMCC. TMCC faculty assess every course student learning outcome (SLO) at least once within a 5-year period according to the cycle that departments or units establish in their Program/Unit Review and submit a Course Assessment Report (CAR) outlining their assessment findings and plans for improving teaching and learning.

Assessments help TMCC faculty and staff to document and discuss courses that are offered, and plan how we can make them even better in the future.

Values

The Assessment and Planning Office is committed to:

  • Improving teaching and learning through meaningful assessment.
  • Researching and sharing best assessment practices in student learning outcomes (SLO) development, assessment measures, data analysis, and data-driven improvement plans.
  • Collaborating with faculty and other members of the campus community.
  • Facilitating assessment reporting through technology and other means.
  • Connecting program assessment to the College’s strategic directions and appropriate resource requests in a transparent way.
  • Ensuring that TMCC meets NSHE requirements and NWCCU accreditation standards for program assessment. 

Course Assessment

TMCC faculty assess every course student learning outcome (SLO) at least once within a 5-year period according to the cycle that departments or units establish in their Program/Unit Review and submit a Course Assessment Report (CAR) outlining their assessment findings and plans for improving teaching and learning.

  • For courses assessed in the Fall Semester:
    • CARs are due to the academic deans by last contract day of the following Spring Semester.
  • For courses assessed in the Spring Semester and Summer Sessions:
    • CARs are due to the academic deans by the last contract day of the following Fall Semester.

General Education Assessment

Faculty assess institutional General Education student learning outcomes (GESLOs) for each of its courses that have been approved by the Curriculum Review Committee for General Education and submit a General Education Assessment Report (GEARs). GE assessment follows the same 5-year cycle that departments or units establish in their Program/Unit Review; when GE courses are scheduled for assessment, faculty assess both course SLOs and GESLOs and submit both CARs and GEARs simultaneously.

  • For GE courses assessed in the Fall Semester:
    • GEARs are due to the academic deans by last contract day of the following Spring Semester.
  • For GE courses assessed in the Spring Semester and Summer Sessions:
    • GEARs are due to the academic deans by the last contract day of the following Fall Semester.

Program/Unit Review (PUR)

The PUR is an integrated academic assessment and planning process at TMCC. Every academic program or unit in the College completes a comprehensive self-study on a five-year cycle and develops a five-year strategic plan towards improving teaching and learning, degree/certificate completion, and increasing enrollment that includes resource requests.

  • PUR self-studies are due to the academic dean by December 1.

PUR self-studies, five-year plans, and resource requests are reviewed by the Academic Standards and Assessment Committee, academic dean, and Vice President of Academic Affairs. Departments or units follow up on PUR recommendations in Annual Progress Reports.

  • APRs are due to the academic dean by October 1.

For additional information, view the Program/Unit Review (PUR) Handbook.


Assessment Management System (AMS)

CARs (eLumen Action Plans), GEARs (eLumen Action Plans) PUR self-studies (eLumen Initiatives), and APRs (eLumen Annual Reports) are completed and submitted within the College's eLumen Assessment Management System.

Assessment Day

Each semester, faculty set aside time to discuss and document assessment results and plans for improving teaching and learning during our semi-annual assessment, or “Closing the Loop” Day.

  • Fall Assessment Day is held during the first week of Spring Professional Development Days.
  • Spring Assessment Day is held the Wednesday after Spring grades are due.