12.16 Comparability of alternative delivery method programs to campus-based programs and courses is ensured by the assessment of student learning outcomes, student retention, and student satisfaction.
Regardless if courses are taken on-campus or online student learning outcomes are currently assessed through qualitative and quantitative methods, including student grades, senior interviews and focus groups, and capstones. Currently, the Teacher Education Department requires that all seniors complete a “Directed Teaching” module in the Spring semester. This capstone project fully implements the content and skills learned in the program. Also, the Church Music Program requires seniors to complete a Church Music Practicum that is done in conjunction with a local church music minister. This practicum allows the exhibition of all the training which they have received at the college. The Church Music students and Music Education students are also required to perform a high caliber music recital of their chosen instrument their senior year to display their proficiency and the result of the training received. It is envisioned that the Bible degree graduates will complete a portfolio project as the key assessment in their area. As of now, this has not been finalized and adopted, and is being worked on within the Bible Department faculty. In addition, the college will be conducting regularly scheduled surveys of the alumni from each department to determine strengths and weaknesses. The college is in the process of implementing the full range of these methods as outlined in the Comprehensive Assessment Plan.
The college is aware the retention rate for 2015 falls below the TRACS benchmark of 70%. The Assessment Committee has made the Strategic Planning Committee aware of the need to develop a plan to improve our retention rate. The Strategic Planning Committee has added this item to their agenda for their next meeting.
Plan of Action:
A portfolio requirement for the Bible Department needs to be developed and implemented. In addition, the deficiency in retention rates must be analyzed and a strategy developed to reverse that trend.