San Diego Mesa College

Role of Participants


The Role of the College

A successful Outcomes Assessment requires the participation of many people throughout the College. While discipline faculty are the heart and soul of the process, others, including the Outcomes Assessment Coordinator(s), Faculty Coordinators, administrators, staff and students all have important roles to play.

The Role of Faculty and Staff

The Assessment process involves and impacts ALL  faculty and staff in the areas of Instruction, Student Services and Administrative Services.  Faculty and staff are expected to engage in the discussion of Outcomes for their respective departments or programs, the creation of assessments tools utilized in assessing their outcomes,  discussion of the assessment results, and implementation of any actions plans used to improve student learning.  A critical expectation of any assessment workgroup is that they will communicate with and solicit feedback from their colleagues during all phases of the cycle.

The Role of Students

Students are expected to be aware of the Student Learning Outcomes for services and courses, including the relevant general education competencies. Students should also understand and be familiar with how they will be evaluated on these outcomes and competencies, including any rubrics used to score the assessments.

The Role of Administrators

All administrative units fully participate in the outcomes assessment process. Administrators, from the campus Deans to the Vice President and President, help to convey the importance of Outcomes Assessment to the College community. They provide guidance and support for the process and for any recommendations to improve student learning that may result from the assessments.

The Role of COA and the College Outcomes Coordinator

The Committee on Outcomes and Assessment (COA) is a Participatory Governance Committee responsible for overseeing and supporting Outcomes Assessment efforts at Mesa College. The committee is co-chaired by the Dean of Institutional Effectiveness and the College Outcomes Coordinator. The Committee additionally comprises a representative from each academic school, from student services, classified staff, and the VPI. The College President and the VPAS are advisory to the committee. The Committee works with Academic Senate leadership, Classified Senate leadership, faculty and staff to facilitate and to promote Outcomes Assessment.

The College Outcomes Coordinator is a faculty member who serves as the primary spokesperson for Outcomes Assessment. The Coordinator provides direct oversight and coordination of Outcomes Assessment on the campus, provides support to faculty and staff responsible for Program or Course Outcomes, communicates Outcomes information to the college-wide population, coordinates and facilitates Outcomes-based workshops, and meets with Coordinators from sister campuses to coordinate efforts District-wide.

The Role of the Departmental Outcomes Coordinators

Learning Outcomes Coordinators are assigned from each department or program and are directly responsible for fostering discussion of outcomes and assessment within their department or program. Coordinators may be responsible for coordinating assessment practices, facilitating discussion of the results, identifying the next steps, and entering data, but the specific responsibilities should be determined by each department or program.

Last Updated: May 23, 2017
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