Assessment

Responsibilities and Duties

Morton College’s assessment efforts are coordinated by the Academic Assessment Planning Committee (AAPC).

The AAPC usually meets at least twice a month, is chaired by one or more faculty members and is open to all faculty and staff members. The AAPC maintains a mission statement and job description for its chair(s).

While the faculty is chiefly responsible for the assessment of student learning, a variety of administrators support these efforts, including the Vice President of Academic and Student Development, the Vice President of Institutional Advancement, the Director of Institutional Research and the academic and student affairs deans.

Course-Level Assessment

Morton College is committed to regularly gathering reliable data about its courses in order to improve learning outcomes at the course level. Each course must have measurable Student Learning Outcomes (SLOs). Each department will collect data on how well SLOs are being achieved.

In the Arts and Sciences Division, full-time faculty members volunteer to serve as “course experts.” Course experts help the College to ensure that SLOs within all courses will be assessed on a regular basis, ideally no fewer than once every five years.

The formula for continuous assessment may vary. The assessment cycle should be well-documented, producing written artifacts and tangible decisions about the way courses are designed and/or delivered.

The mechanics of the assessment cycle should include a definition of the assessment process, data collection and analysis and improvement plans where appropriate. In order to ensure that the proper emphasis of assessment is placed on student learning, assessment results will not be used to evaluate instructors.

Program-Level Assessment

Morton College is committed to assessing learning outcomes at the program level. To this end, the College maintains Student Learning Outcomes (SLOs) for all applied science career and technical education degree programs and some liberal arts degree programs.

These programs are encouraged to develop curriculum maps to track how course-level SLOs link to program-level SLOs and how students demonstrate proficiency at program-level SLOs.

Additionally, several career and technical education programs rely on third-party accreditors for external perspective regarding program-level SLOs, industry alignment, and program competencies.

General Level Assessments

The College maintains general education outcomes and key indicators which are:

  1. Regularly reviewed
  2. Endorsed by the AAPC, the Academic Standards Committee, the Faculty Assembly and the Board of Trustees
  3. Applicable to all of its academic degree programs

Under the guidance of the AAPC, GEO assessment is performed in five cycles, each lasting a full academic year. All faculty members are encouraged to participate in the general education process each year by completing both Part A and Part B of the General Education Form.

The AAPC is responsible for maintaining general education assessment procedures and policies, drafting general education outcome rubrics, providing guidance to participating faculty members, analyzing general education results and recommending improvement plans to the faculty as a whole.

General Education Outcomes and Key Indicators

Analysis/Thinking/Problem Solving

Morton College graduates will be able to reason using a variety of analytical tools and processes in a wide array of contexts. The graduate will be able to:

  • Collect, analyze, synthesize, and evaluate information
  • Use appropriate ways of thinking or methods to solve problems
  • Evaluate proposed solutions and their consequences

Communication

Morton College graduates will be able to communicate clearly, coherently, and accurately with varied audiences and for a range of purposes. The graduate will be able to:

  • Write clearly and persuasively in a variety of forms to a variety of audiences
  • Speak clearly and persuasively in a variety of forms to a variety of audiences
  • Comprehend oral presentations from a variety of speakers

Diversity and Global Awareness

Morton College graduates will be able to recognize the interconnectedness of diverse and global societies. The graduate will be able to:

  • Describe and assess his or her own cultural perspectives and values
  • Identify and describe human cultures and their interactions
  • Articulate the personal and societal benefits of diversity.

Ethics

Morton College graduates will be able to use ethical perspectives to make decisions. The graduate will be able to:

  • Identify significant facts relevant to ethical choices, questions, or situations
  • Compare and contrast differing ethical perspectives
  • Articulate how ethical frameworks influence personal and professional choices and responsibilities
  • Apply ethical perspectives to personal, academic, professional, and civic problems or issues.

Literacy

Morton College graduates will be able to demonstrate academic or professional literacy within varied content areas. The graduate will be able to:

  • Read critically within varied content areas using appropriate strategies
  • Use current terminology specific to the field of study and/or degree