"A process of assessment is essential to continuous improvement.... Continuous improvement is
the alternative to stagnation"
-- Higher Learning Commission. Guiding Values, 4. "A culture of continuous improvement." 2012.
Assessment is an ongoing cycle of information-gathering, action, and results interpretation. A wide variety of data sets inform us about areas of concern. When a
trend is clear, we attempt to understand the root cause of the issue. Based on this hypothesis, we implement interventions to create change. If we see a positive
change in the data, we can then, in retrospect, assume the hypothesis was correct. This process of monitoring data, analyzing results, and taking action is an
Institution-level Assessment: Key Performance Indicators that help us to identify trends in the areas of enrollment, persistence, student
course success, student learning outcomes, completion, revenue and expenditures, employee satisfaction, and student satisfaction. Strategic Planning
keeps us accountable for completing projects that impact the health and development of the institution.
Fact Book: This annual publication provides detailed data on Western's KPIs. Designed primarily
with an "internal" audience in mind, this document should assist employees to provide accurate information when asked, and will help teams and working groups to
have a shared source of information for decision-making.
Annual Report: This annual publication is designed with the intent of sharing Western's
successes and opportunities with external stakeholders in the larger community. The Annual Report provides regular updates on enrollment, completion,
athletics, employee accomplishments, and new initiatives.
Strategic Plan: The College has developed an ongoing Strategic Plan using an integrated
process that combines accreditation feedback, current action projects, and the many other efforts across the campus that are already in motion.
Additionally, budget and resource considerations are included in the process to ensure that the College has the support to embark on the necessary
Student Learning Assessment: The Academic Quality Improvement Program (AQIP) of the Higher Learning Commission mandates that institutions maintain an
active action project focused on student learning at all times. The Assessment of Student Learning Team updates the Student Learning Action Project at their annual
workshop each summer.
Goals for Student Success: The Goals for Student Success reflect the five major categories of general education in which all
graduates should be competent by the time they leave WWCC.
Measures Tables: Each summer, the Assessment of Student Learning Team analyzes the assessment data through the lens Goals for Student Success. The
documents below are the results of those measurements.
Student Learning Action Projects: The Academic Quality Improvement Program
(AQIP) of the Higher Learning Commission mandates that institutions maintain an active action project focused on student learning at all times. The Assessment of
Student Learning Team updates the Student Learning Action Project at their annual workshop each summer. (Link redirects to the AQIP Action Project Directory.
Enter the Institution name and the State name, and then click "Find Projects.")
Student Engagement Assessment: Western has chosen to maintain an active action project focused on student engagement at all times. The Building Student
Connections Team modifies the Student Engagement Action Project each year. View the Student Engagement Action Project (Link redirects to the AQIP Action Project Directory. Enter the Institution name and the State name, and then
click "Find Projects.")
Program-level Assessment: The Program Review process ensures that the College regularly evaluates instructional,
administrative, and support services programs. These reviews provide evidence of program evaluation, reflection, planning, and improvement necessary to maintain
Course-level Assessment: Individual instructors evaluate student learning within the scope of their courses. These evaluations may include test results
or rubric scores. Often, instructors teaching the same course collaborate on appropriate and effective methods of evaluation, which can result in meaningful data
to be applied to the program level. Common course-level assessments may be used to better understand program-level student learning outcomes.