Report on Assessment Activity for the Calendar Year 2002
The Division of Business and Technology offers two types of degrees that are the Associate of Arts [now called ABUS] Degree (for students desiring to transfer to a four year college) and the Associate of Applied Science Degree (for students preparing for a vocation in the field of business).
An assessment culture is emerging in this division as administrators, faculty, and even some students discuss and plan for assessment. Vast strides have been made in the welding program as course work has been modified to better expose the vocational students to the general education skills. Through discussions we have learned how strongly most of our transfer courses support the general education learning goals of our institution. Direct measures being considered include portfolios, capstone projects, certifications, embedded exam questions and problem based learning journals.
A student survey was developed and piloted. In this survey, learners rated the effectiveness of the division in helping them obtain competency in personal effectiveness skills that support the learning outcomes. Additionally, learners were asked to rate their satisfaction with the computer labs and the quality, variety and availability of courses in their programs.
The sample was too small to give valid data but the process worked well. All prospective graduates in the business program will participate in this survey (with slight modification) in the Spring of 2003.
Additionally, prospective Computer Information Systems graduates were given a program control structure question to answer.
In 2003 graduates, majors and students will be included in the survey. There will be a check box for them to designate their status. This will give us the opportunity to make improvements that may benefit students while they are still attending Arizona Western College.
Although this survey is an indirect measure it will gives us valuable feedback that will enable us to improve student learning outcomes.