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Program Assessment & Program Review ACCJC & COM-FSM


College of Micronesia – FSM/Continuous Improvement Cycle

Institutional Mission Defines

Institution’s broad purpose

The intended student population

A commitment to student learning

All programs and services must align with this mission

The mission is regularly reviewed and revised as needed

The mission is central to planning and decision making

The college’s current mission was developed during a college wide workshop in August 2005 and adopted by the Board of Regents in September 2005.  The mission statement was reviewed in the period 2005/2006 and incorporated into the current Strategic Plan 2006 – 2011.

An annual series of President’s Retreats have been established for the college to reflect on it effectiveness (program assessment and program review) against its mission.  An extension review of the college’s mission was conducted at the 2007 & 2008 retreats and will continue annually.  

Programmatic Mission

Program’s purposes:

(workforce training, transfer prep, gen.ed., pre-ollegiate education, etc.)

Define programmatic student learning outcomes

The program’s mission must align with institutional mission

The mission is reviewed regularly and revised as needed

The mission is central to programmatic planning

and decision making

Academic Programs and Administrative and Student Services  Mission and Outcomes Development worksheets (Worksheet # 1) and the Assessment Plan (Worksheet # 2) require development or review & revision of program mission statements for each assessment and program review cycle.  Program goals are also developed, reviewed & revised for all academic programs for each assessment and program review cycle.  The institutional mission of the college is at the top of each worksheet and program missions are reviewed by unit supervisors and the college’s Assessment Committee to ensure linkages institution and program missions.  Assessment Committee (sub committee of the Planning and Resources Committee) recommendations and actions feed up to the Planning and Resources Committee for review and use in decision making.  

Student Achievement Outcomes

Course completion data

Retention term to term

Progression to next course/level

Program completion data

Degree/certificate completion data

Transfer rates

Scores on licensure exams

Job placement

All data collected must be analyzed

The college has implemented a web based Student Information System (SIS) that allow real time compilation of student achievement outcomes.  Academic Programs Assessment5 also include: Program enrollment, Graduation rate, Average class size, Student seat cost, Course complete rate for the program, Students’ satisfaction rate, Employment data, Transfer data, Program’s student learning outcomes and Students’ learning outcomes for program courses.  Student Services Program Evaluation6 indicators evaluation of programs goals by objective measures, evaluation of students’ learning outcomes for programs, evaluation of efficiency of program, cost effectiveness evaluation, program completion rate, surveys of students’ satisfaction rate, review of staff employment data/turnover, other measure to be determined.

The college’s institutional assessment requires development of assessment plans (worksheet #2) with specific indication of what data to be collected and analysis to be conducted on the data.  Analysis of data is presented in the Assessment Report (Worksheet #3) for each type of data collected.

5 COM-FSM Curriculum Handbook, Appendix T Policy on Program Evaluation

6 Policy on Student Services Program Evaluation

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