6) Evaluation and Assessment
Program Level Evaluation and Assessment Components
Student entry level skills. The college assesses students’ capability to succeed in distance education programs and applies this information to admission and recruiting policies and decisions.
Educational effectiveness. The college evaluates the educational effectiveness of its distance learning programs, including assessments of student learning outcomes, student retention, and student satisfaction, to ensure comparability to campus-based courses and programs.
Student achievement. The college reinforces the importance of the integrity of student work and has an academic honesty policy it emphasizes to students.
Degree credibility. The college ensures the credibility of the degrees and credits it awards.
Delivery systems. The college assesses the effectiveness and appropriateness of its distance learning programs’ content and delivery mode(s) through feedback from all stakeholders.
Course Level Evaluation and Assessment Components
Learning outcomes. The college regularly reviews intended learning outcomes to ensure clarity, utility, and appropriateness. Information from these assessments is used to enhance learning materials, teaching strategies, and forms of assessment.
Data. The college uses data on enrollments, costs, student success or completion rates, and innovative technology to evaluate distance course effectiveness.
Student feedback. Students have the opportunity to evaluate the distance learning courses they are enrolled in. In addition, students’ expectations of flexibility and customization of course delivery are assessed and this information is part of the process used to determine whether course delivery options should be revised or discontinued.
WTCS Distance Learning Guidelines