Thursday – September 19, 2019

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.

Quality Review Cycle Phases graphic

 

Resources reviewed by programs as part of the QRP include:

 

In addition to participating in continuous improvement efforts via QRP, faculty perform program-level assessment via either Technical Skills Attainment (TSA) or Student Outcomes Assessment (SOA).

Technical Skill Attainment (TSA) is a state initiative to ensure that program graduates have the technical skills needed by employers. Assessments are collaboratively developed by instructors, industry stakeholders and the state system office using criteria including validity, reliability and fairness.

 

WTCS Technical Skill approval and reporting graphic

Programs not yet participating in TSA use Student Outcomes Assessment (SOA) to support student learning. Under SOA, student learning goals and objectives are established, the assessment tools to evaluate the attainment of these are identified and implemented, the data from these tools are evaluated, and adjustments for improvement are then determined. SOA results are reviewed at the program level, and improvement efforts are addressed in the QRP cycle.