Committee on the Assessment of Student Learning and Development

In response to assessment as an important issue at Sinclair, a college-wide committee was formed in September of 1988 and charged with the mission of reviewing the status of assessment practices at Sinclair and making appropriate recommendations pertaining to assessing student learning and development.

GOALS OF THE ASSESSMENT COMMITTEE OF STUDENT LEARNING AND DEVELOPMENT
The Assessment Committee of Student Learning and Development has four broad goals:

  1. Devise appropriate recommendations and procedures facilitating ongoing assessment activities in order to measure and enhance  the quality of the educational experience at Sinclair. This focuses primarily on the assessment of learning outcomes.
  2. Determine what is currently done to assess student learning and development. This includes examination of:
    • entry level assessment of students' basic academic skills
    • entry level assessment of students' goals
    • specific program assessment of students' learning and development
      (this could include formative as well as summative outcomes
      assessment relating to skills and knowledge), and exit and post
      graduation assessment of students' skills and goal accomplishment.
  3. Propose recommendations facilitating ongoing assessment practices which measure, document and enhance continuous quality improvement and institutional effectiveness.
  4. Provide appropriate training and educational opportunities for faculty and staff in order to facilitate the necessary awareness and understanding of key assessment issues and practices.

ROLE AND FUNCTIONS OF SINCLAIR'S ASSESSMENT COMMITTEE
The Assessment Committee's role and functions include the following:

  • The Assessment Committee operates under the direction of the Chair of Assessment who reports to the Vice-President for Instruction in conjunction with the chair of the Curriculum Committee.
  • The Committee's composition has a provision for the rotation of committee members so as to maintain continuity and add new perspectives. Committee membership includes a minimum of the following:
    • one faculty liaison from each academic division (six total) 
    • a representative from Institutional Planning and Research 
    • a representative from the academic counselors 
    • a dean 
    • a representative of the Vice President for Instruction 
    • a representative from Student Services 
    • a representative from Faculty Senate
  • The Committee has a permanent position in the college organizational hierarchy as a subcommittee of the Curriculum Committee along with the General Education Committee and the Curriculum Review Committee.
  • The Committee is responsible for formulating policies and encouraging continued growth and development of assessment activities of Sinclair.
  • When necessary, subcommittees are formed to create or carry out procedures necessary to implement assessment policies or practices.
  • A half-time faculty chair of the Assessment Committee is designated. This person has the credibility, authority and technical expertise needed to encourage and facilitate the expansion of assessment practices at Sinclair.
  • Each academic division has an individual designated as an assessment liaison. This liaison is responsible for encouraging assessment activities and assisting faculty in obtaining the resources and support they need to make assessment activities meaningful and successful. Liaisons are appointed by Deans in consultation with the chairs and subject to the approval of the Vice President for Instruction and Chair of the Curriculum Committee.  Liaisons are faculty members with a genuine interest in assessment issues and activities, and their duties include: 
    • Serving on the Assessment Committee under the direction of the Chair of Assessment. 
    • Helping to implement assessment activities. 
    • Communicating with each department on a regular basis including attendance at departmental, division and chairs meetings.
    • Pinpointing specific divisional needs.
    • Helping the chair of assessment establish and fulfill divisional research needs. 
    • Remaining current and knowledgeable regarding assessment issues and communicating that knowledge to their respective divisions. 
    • Developing and maintaining a current data base on divisional assessment activities and preparing an annual report on the state of assessment in their respective divisions.
    • Working with the Chair of Assessment, the General Education Chair, the Dean, and the Vice President for Instruction in improving the quality of teaching and learning at Sinclair
    • Any other duties requested by the Chair of Assessment.
  • Secretarial and research support is included in the assessment budget.
  • Additional funding and resources for nonacademic departments involved in assessment activities is allocated as needed in order to assure the continuance and effectiveness of the assessment of basic skills.
  • Communication among faculty, staff, and administration is stressed. Channels of communication such as the President's Bulletin, Faculty Forum, and presentations at division meetings, Instructional Council, and Curriculum Committee are utilized on a regular basis.

ASSESSMENT CHAIR'S DUTIES
The responsibilities of the Chair of the Assessment Committee are:

  • Chair the college-wide Committee on the Assessment of Student Learning and Development.
  • Prepare annual reports on assessment policies and their implementation, specific assessment activities, and the impact of assessment at Sinclair.
  • Work with deans, chairpersons, divisional liaisons, faculty and staff in promoting, developing and implementing formative and summative outcomes assessment and related activities.
  • In collaboration with the Office of Institutional Planning and Research, conduct research pertaining to assessment issues, analyze the resultant data, and prepare and disseminate reports on assessment studies to appropriate campus constituencies.
  • Plan and implement projects that will help faculty and departments improve teaching and enhance student learning.
  • Provide educational and training activities pertaining to assessment for faculty and staff.
  • Coordinate the Assessment Resource Center.
  • In conjunction with the Office of Grants Development, seek external funding for development of assessment activities.
  • Work with Student Success Services in facilitating entry level and follow-up assessment of basic skills; analyze the resultant data and provide reports to the faculty.
  • Document measures of instructional and institutional effectiveness as required by the North Central Association, the Ohio Board of Regents, and other external agencies.
  • Keep abreast of developments in the field and disseminate this knowledge to faculty and staff as needed.
  • Assist divisional liaisons, deans and department chairs in Integrating assessment activities and data into the department review process.
  • Work with the Office of Institutional Planning and Research and the Information Systems and Services to design and maintain a student tracking system.
  • Serve on appropriate college wide committees, as assigned.
  • Other responsibilities as assigned by the Vice-President for Instruction.