Richmond Community College recently experienced an unprecedented milestone within instructional assessment. Members of RCC’s Assessment Team conducted the College’s first blended assessment of General Education competencies and Quality Enhancement Plan (QEP) outcomes.
The college-wide assessment team includes faculty from various disciplines and is a valuable, collaborative tool used to assess students’ skills in an effort to improve student learning.
The team met the week of May 12 to assess QEP oral and written artifacts based on the three QEP student learning outcomes. The group also assessed General Education artifacts based on the Gen Ed competencies for English 131 and History 131 – which primarily reflected writing.
Serving on the assessment team are Lee Ballenger, Althea Hunsucker, Jennifer Murray, Linda Pridgen, Janet Sims and David Townsend.
Not only did this project provide an opportunity for assessment requirements, but it also created an awareness of effective assessment practices and the benefits associated with assessment. The team created general, acceptable communication guidelines across all college curricula that will be useful when incorporating future writing and speaking activities in the classroom.
“This project brought faculty from various disciplines together, and it resulted in starting valuable discussion threads about the communication culture of the College and the need to significantly improve students’ oral and written communication skills,” said Hunsucker, who is director of the Quality Enhancement Plan. “Because of Assessment Week, I think more faculty will now be more engaged with our plan, realizing the importance of RCC’s QEP and how it can truly impact student learning on many levels.”
“I think this is an extremely important event for the College that faculty and staff need to know about,” Vice President for Instruction Dr. Tony Clarke said. “It supports our student learning outcomes by assessing our general education competencies and QEP outcomes together. It will be an annual event that will allow us to continually improve our student learning outcomes.”