Assessment at ICC

Student learning is the cornerstone of Independence Community College's mission and we are committed to continuous improvement in order to provide the best possible service. All members of the institution share responsibility for student learning thus ensuring that the continuous improvement of learning is a collaborative enterprise upon which the success of instruction depends.

Professor and students in classTo determine how well students learn what is being taught, faculty develop and use a systematic process to assess student academic achievement. Faculty members assess student learning at the course, program, and institutional level; thus, in each course, and for each program, faculty members identify the student learning outcomes that are appropriate for that learning experience. This assessment takes place throughout a student's academic career.

Assessment activities are a critical component of successful teaching. Faculty members analyze the results so they can develop strategies to help improve student learning in the future. Faculty are also engaged in the assessment of general education outcomes embedded in their programs. Assessment results help guide faculty as they continuously improve teaching, learning, courses, programs, curriculum, and future assessment.

Student Learning Outcomes

Student Learning Outcomes Assessment is a deliberate, systematic, and collaborative process driven by the College's commitment to improve student learning. It is a purposeful course of action that defines student accomplishments in terms of expected learning outcomes and core competencies. Actual student achievement is measured using established internal standards and external benchmarks. Faculty members develop direct and indirect measures to determine if these outcomes are being achieved. They use tests, research papers, projects, presentations, or standardized examinations to discover how well students who have passed a course actually achieved the expected learning goals. The outcomes assessment process is learning-centered and accumulates data from numerous sources to determine what students know, what skills they possess, how they conceptualize, and how they will continue to learn. The overall goal of assessment is to create a quality learning environment under ideal conditions through the use of best practices that inspire creativity, innovation, and critical thinking.

Institutional Learning Outcomes

Student looking into a microscopeInstitutional Student Learning Outcomes align with the ICC Mission Statement, and have been endorsed by the Faculty Association and voted into policy by the Board of Trustees. It is with these outcomes in mind that Academic Affairs and Student Services programs develop assessable program and course outcomes. The four broad institutional student learning outcomes at ICC are:

  • Thinking: Stakeholders will demonstrate the ability to think critically, to evaluate information analytically, and to use ideas in creative and innovative ways.
  • Communication: Stakeholders will demonstrate the ability to express ideas and information effectively.
  • Literacy: Stakeholders will demonstrate the ability to master concepts and terminology.
  • Responsibility: Stakeholders will demonstrate the ability to reason ethically as responsible citizens.

The institutional outcomes assessment process at ICC includes annual cross-curricular assessment of a general education outcome as well as academic and administrative/student support unit program level assessment.

General Education Learning Outcomes

An education prepares a student both for life and for making a living. It blends the practical application of knowledge with the pursuit of knowledge for its own sake. When successful, education balances the sometimes contradictory claims of social service and individual ambition.

A good general education fosters freedom's values and nurtures individual growth. It lays the foundation for further learning in a discipline or vacation, provides the tools to navigate change, and prepares one for lifelong learning.

The purpose of general education at ICC is to shape the development of students according to these values. Students fulfill general education requirements at Independence Community College by demonstrating competency in the following:

  • Access and evaluate information from credible sources.
  • Collaborate respectfully with others.
  • Communicate effectively through the clear and accurate use of language.
  • Demonstrate an understanding of the broad diversity of the human experience
  • Process numeric, symbolic, and graphic information.
  • Read, analyze, and synthesize written, visual, and aural material.s.
  • Select and apply appropriate problem-solving techniques.
  • Use current technology efficiently and responsibly.

Program Learning Outcomes

All programs have identified learning outcomes that describe the knowledge, skills, and attitudes that students develop through successful completion of the program. Program Outcomes are listed on the college website.

Assessment at ICC is based on the following principles:

  • Assessment is an ongoing process that leads to change and improvement.
  • Assessment is not a task solely performed as a requirement of accrediting agencies - the reason for assessment is improvement.
  • The use of data to support change leads to the most meaningful improvements.
  • Assessment raises as many questions as it answers.
  • Assessment focuses the attention of the College on continuous quality improvement.

The Independence Community College Outcomes Assessment Committee

Provide recommendations and implementation that move the College toward a comprehensive outcomes assessment culture.

Provide educational programs to the campus regarding outcomes assessment theory and practice. Adopt at least one annual assessment project or component of a multi-year project, and coordinate that project to completion. Recommend College policy regarding implementation of outcomes assessment.

AY 2020-2021 Membership

  • Marg Yaroslaski, Chair 
    Communications Professor
  • Larry Markiewicz, Vice Chair
    Associate Professor of Music
  • Allen Shockley, Secretary 
    Developmental Math Instructor
  • Mark Allen, Ex-officio
    Vice President Academic Affairs
  • Anita Chappuie
    Institutional Research
  • Sarah Owen
    Director of Library Services
  • Dr. Tom Weaver
    Biology and Anatomy Instructor
  • Heather Mydosh
    Professor of English
  • Anthony Vidali
    Head Athletic Trainer
  • Chelsea Bailey, 
    Cosmotology Instructor
  • Cheri Stockton
    Athletic Department Administrative Assistant
  • Brooke Alverson
    Assistant Volleyball Coach

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