This is the website for Learning Outcomes Assessment at the three colleges of the Riverside Community College District.
Effective July 1, 2010, assessment activities are now taking place at the college level.
Moreno Valley College
Riverside City College
Many definitions of assessment exist. The following definition of assessment was adopted due to its focus on improving student learning:
"Assessment is the systematic collection, review, and use of information about educational programs undertaken for the purpose of improving learning and development.1"
Assessment, thus, has come to mean something very different from grades and placement. If grading is primarily evaluative, a method of classifying students, assessment is primarily ameliorative, a method of understanding and improving teaching and learning.
For a list of assessment related terms and definitions refer to the Glossary,
Accrediting bodies including the Accrediting Commission for Community and Junior Colleges (ACCJC) are placing a great deal of emphasis on student learning outcomes. New accreditation standards for community colleges make assessment a critical and mandatory component of institutional self-study.
The College Assessment Committees work to support outcomes assessment as a vital method for improving teaching and learning. By supporting the collaborative efforts of practitioners to improve teaching and learning, a secondary effect of our work is to ensure we meet standards set by accrediting bodies such as the Accrediting Commission of Junior and Community Colleges. To accomplish our goals, the Assessment Committees interact in outcomes assessments at all levels of the institution with its primary function at the college level. Assessment Coordinators provide support to faculty, administrators, and staff work working collaboratively to develop assessment outcomes, engage in assessment activities, and develop reports indicating how results of assessments are used to improve student learning. They also work to ensure that outcomes assessment is embedded in all major processes of the institution, particularly planning and resource allocation.
1 Palomba, C.A. & Banta, T.W. Assessment Essentials: Planning, Implementing, and Improving Assessment in Higher Education. San Francisco: Jossey-Bass, 1999, p. 4