As noted in the Mission Statement, the College "endeavors to create and sustain excellence in a student-centered environment...." One means of accomplishing that intent is through ongoing assessment providing for data-driven decision making. QTA continues its contributions to that end through accomplishments that include:
- Continued focus on student learning outcomes and course-level assessments, identifying need for an alternate approach to record-keeping;
- Reviewed results of 2012-13 Core assessments, contributing to recommendations; responded to drafts of 2011 and 2012 Core Reports;
- Completed first step in Benchmarking initiative, examining assessment approaches in six potential peer institutions
- Established President's Strategic Initiative Fund; and made two awards;
- Completed review of assessment-related professional development, including revision of the Assessment Institute.
The QTA Committee is drawn from faculty, staff, and administration from:
- Academic Affairs
- Student Affairs
- Assessment, Research & Planning
The Committee reports directly to the College President.
The Committee's Charges (Revised 2012)
- Draft the Annual Assessment Report and function as the collection agent of support documentation.
- Maintain interactions and collaborations with Core Curriculum subcommittee and core goals.
- Maintain, assess functionality, and keep current the QTA website and the Penn College Plan and Process.
- Function as the review committee for the Annual Assessment Award.
The chart above is a graphical representation of Penn College's institutional assessment process. As depicted, the process involves several levels of data gathering and analysis, as well as response and planning activities.
Goals, Accomplishments, and Reports