After considering the results from the data summary, the following changes have occurred to improve learning:
The assessment tool is being refined and expanded to address additional quantitative learning outcomes.
A standardized test (CAAP – Collegiate Assessment of Academic Proficiency) was piloted but the committee decided not to administer it for 2003 assessment.
According to the intended student learning outcomes for critical thinking in general education at Arizona Western College learners will:
Demonstrate the ability to take charge of their own thinking
Demonstrate an intellectually disciplines process of actively and skillfully conceptualizing, applying, analyzing, synthesizing, and/or evaluating information gathered from, or generated by, observation, experience, reflection, reasoning, or communication, as a guide to belief and action.
After much discussion of the advantages and disadvantages of using a locally developed instrument to assess critical thinking, the committee decided to pilot the CAAP standardized exam for critical thinking. 35 students volunteered to take the exam which was made available in the student testing center allowing for flexible scheduling. The process worked well and this exam will be used for the assessment of critical thinking in 2003.
According to the intended student learning outcomes for communication in general education at Arizona Western College learners will:
Demonstrate a working knowledge of computer basics by opening and closing a program; by creating, saving, printing, finding, renaming, copying, moving and deleting files