Thursday, June 10, 2010
Assessment in the Spotlight
The push for accountability in community colleges is shifting way from measuring traditional outcomes such as attendance and toward completion and graduation. A committee appointed by Education Secretary Arne Duncan will be recommending how colleges can report on these outcomes and explore some alternative assessments of student learning. This committee has some overlap with the American Association of Community College's Voluntary Accountability Framework working groups and steering committee.
On another somewhat related note, getting a job is considered one of the key reliable measures of the effectiveness of a community college workforce program. One community college took this goal very far by guaranteeing students a job or their money back.