Course Assessment Summary

Program/Department Course What did you learn from your outcomes assessment? Curricular/programmatic changes College-wide implications of your assessment project. Assessment reported
Health Information Technology HIT 130

Approximately 95% of students have a firm grasp of the concepts and its applications, however, there were a small percentage of students that struggled with the course due to their inability to grasp simple mathematical concepts as its applied to HIT settings.

01/19/2018 view
Health Information Technology HIT 140

Students have a firm understanding of the Electronic Health Record environment and its associated regulations and ethical concerns.

01/19/2018 view
Health Information Technology HIT 172

Students have a strong foundation of coding knowledge and its applications.

01/19/2018 view
Health Information Technology HIT 160

Students have a firm understanding of duties required by the supervisory role. (ethical/regulatory/professional standards)

01/19/2018 view
Health Information Technology HIT 170

Students are applying and adapting classroom learning into the work/practicum experience.

01/18/2018 view
Health Information Technology HIT 150

Students have a firm grasp of the importance of this topic (continuous improvement) as it relates to the field of HIT.

01/18/2018 view
Health Information Technology HIT 110

Students are well equipped to apply legal and ethical concepts in HIT to real world scenarios.

01/18/2018 view
Health Information Technology HIT 102

Students are learning and thriving in their understanding of alternative care settings where HIT principles and concepts are implemented.

01/18/2018 view
Health Information Technology HIT 100

Realization that a new course needs to be developed and implemented by Fall 2018. Program graduates taking the RHIT exam scored on average or below national scores. 

01/18/2018 view
Anthropology ANTH 300

According to research in education, novice students need help with figuring out what information is pertinent to the course and what is minor in order to improve learning (Angelo 1993; Svinicki & McKeachie 2014). They also need help understanding how their previous knowledge articulates with what they will be learning in the course (Angelo 1993; Svinicki & McKeachie 2014). To achieve these two goals, I created a new assignment for fall 2017 entitled “Before & After Reflections”- one due at the midterm, the other due at the final exam.  On a handout I provided on the first day and on the first day after the midterm exam, students wrote their preconceived notions and ideas about certain chosen key topics/concepts. After we covered the topics/concepts in class, students were supposed to write what they learned. Then they were supposed to compare their before and after information. Efficacy was measured by comparing exam scores and retention and success rates from the previous semester (spring 2017-control group) for the same class on the same day and same time. Although the outcomes did not result in higher averages for exams, it did result in significantly lower standard deviations, and thus less failing scores. This suggests that novice students may have been helped by the assignment. In addition, final course grades improved remarkedly for the target group (fall 2017). Moreover, student retention was higher for the target group. However, more research is needed to confirm these conclusions, since there were so many uncontrolled variables. Student perceptions about the new assignment were mixed but most preferred this assignment over a term paper. Another benefit of the assignment included highlighting for me what topics/concepts needed more elaboration in class in order to better improve student comprehension. It was clear that novice students needed more course coverage on the topics associated with the evidence that suggests humans are not...

No college-wide implications.

01/09/2018 view
Anthropology ANTH 301

The first section of the course has a number of very well designed laboratories that help students articulate general principles of biology and science; an decrease in the detail of the blood lab this semester improved the timing of the labs and resulted in student learning exceeding expectations. Students struggle with primate taxonomy and hominin fossils, likely because of intensive memorization and new vocabulary required by these sections. 

12/27/2017 view
Allied Health/Medical Assisting MEDA 110

Students continue to struggle with accurate completion of claim forms. However, this is partially due to the ever-changing field of health insurance. More practice with specific insurance requirements may be necessary, as well as the inclusion of guest speakers who are currently working in the billing field.


12/21/2017 view
Allied Health/Medical Assisting AH 108

All outcomes were sufficiently met, however, in preparation for Dual Enrollment alignment within the district and local high schools, the section on History of Medicine will likely be removed. Greater emphasis will then be given to the Careers and Legal sections. The course unit may also be increased after consultation with district colleagues. 


12/21/2017 view
English ENGLT 303

the course works well and students not only meet but usually exceed the expectations, so the class schedule and assignments seem to work well; I also asked students for feedback on possible changes to improve the course


12/13/2017 view
Horticulture/Plant Science PLTS 310

Students are performing as expected.  No major changes have been identified.

12/05/2017 view
Horticulture/Plant Science HORT 313

This course was cancelled due to low enrollment.  This course is scheduled to be offered for the first time in Spring 2018.  This course will be reassessed in fall 2018.

12/05/2017 view
Health Care Information Technology HCIT 100

Course needs to be improved so that students can meet the course expectations. The following areas are recommendations: 

SLO #3 

Students are missing topics that should and need to be included in future semesters. Key concepts and critical thinking exercises around the following:

1) Include book that explains project management

2) add to class a section that will enhance their skillsets on Project Management to include but not limited to Planning, Executing, Closing of project plans in the systemwide initiatives.

3) Introduce LEAN concepts and a comprehensive exercises around scenarios; students need to be familiar with Workflow Processes early on in the program

4) How LEAN Concepts are applied in the healthcare environment.  

Revise the student syllabus

Add additional 1 unit to the class for these topics to be discussed

Revise currculium  

12/02/2017 view
Health Care Information Technology HCIT 140

Some of the current changes in the Affordable Care Act of 2010 have become confusing to students because of updates as the Federal government has made changes to the law. It was often necessary to supplement the textbook with corrected information.

I would recommend the following improvements for this course:

  • The division needs to explore the financing of purchase of updated EHR software for student use and understanding.
  • Exposure to job placement would reenforce learned activities in the classroom.
  • Exposing students to guest speakers during lecture would reencforce student understanding of course material and how it is applied in the workplace.


11/26/2017 view
Computer Info Science: Core, Applications & Web CISC 302

In order to maximize the course effectiveness, the CIS department should conduct a survey of faculty whose programs this course serves.

With the increasing emphasis on articulation with high schools, this course should be articulated with as many school districts as possible which offer similar courses.  This would reduce the number of students who find the material covered in this class very easy.

Students generally seem to enter the class with some foundational knowledge, while other students without prior knowledge can find the materials very challenging.  

Consider other platforms and software that could be incorporated and/or adopted such as Google Docs for presenting the course topics.

Consult with faculty whose programs rely on this course about their student's technology skill requirements. 

11/06/2017 view
Photography PHOTO 410

Students are meeting the expectations standards, but not exceeding them. This is an advanced class. We may need to revisit some of our assignments.

We need to interview candidates who have this very specialized knowledge frequently.

10/09/2017 view
Sandbox SBX 100



08/03/2017 view
English ENGWR 480

Students in the honors program are incredibly motivated; as a result, they exceeded SLO expectations on a couple fronts.

06/01/2017 view
Art/Art History ART 301

Currently, ART301 does not have any required prerequisites. As a result, this course ends up being an introductory art course for a majority of the students enrolled.

To successfully meet the Student Learning Outcomes of ART301, the students are required to learn new artistic skills, all of the skills that are taught in ART300, acquire technical skills using a complex piece of software, learn everything required to print their artwork, and due to the classroom setting, they also have to learn how to save and move their files throughout a network. When they begin the semester, a majority of the students enrolling in ART301 are only able to do very basic computer tasks, such as checking their email.  While a few of the students enrolled in ART301 are able to learn the technical skills listed above in a fairly quick time period, a majority of the students enrolled in ARTN301 take the entire semester to gain the skills required to maneuver the technical aspects of ART301, so they can successfully meet the Student Learning Outcomes. The students' struggles with the technical aspects make it very difficult for the student to achieve the other learning outcomes that are focused on the artistic aspects - the main focus of the majority of the SLOs.

It needs to be noted that  students who first take ART 300 and then enroll in ART 301 have been able to consistently meet or exceed expectations of all of the SLOs.

A note about SLO#1: Since there is already a class that is dedicated to vector based art-work (ARTNM324), requiring vector-based images in SLO#1 seems out of place in this class.

A note about SLO#2: Since there is already a class that is dedicated to digital basics (ARTNM302) - including scanning artwork, SLO#3 seems out of place in this class.


05/28/2017 view
Music MUP 320

Direct observation, aural analysis of student work, and student self-assessments allowed me to give a more holistic view of both short term and long term goals for the ensemble.

05/28/2017 view
Kinesiology and Athletics TMACT 301

The more experienced students were quite helpful to the less experienced students.  Overall, the basic theme of technical and tactical learning was accomplished.

05/26/2017 view