Committee at Heartland Community College
Welcome to Heartland Community College's Assessment
Website. If you are a student looking for information about
Assessment Testing, then view the assessment page.
This website is intended to keep faculty informed about
Assessment activities, best practices, and procedures at Heartland Community College.
We at Heartland Community College believe that institutional success is measured by student success. Therefore, the committee is committed to improving student learning, and we believe that assessment provides perhaps the best tool for achieving that improvement by furnishing us with feedback about the effectiveness of teaching and the quality of learning. Such assessment should be formative and summative, should occur in multiple ways at multiple levels, and should be ongoing and systematized.
The literal translation of the word assess is from the
Latin word 'assidere', which means to sit by or aside. While assessment may be defined in many ways, the official
definition from the American Association of Higher Education
produced by Tom Angelo is:
- Assessment is an ongoing process aimed at understanding and improving student learning. It involves making our expectations explicit and public; setting appropriate criteria and high standards for learning quality; systematically gathering, analyzing, and interpreting evidence to determine how well performance matches those expectations and standards; and using the resulting information to document, explain, and improve performance. When it is embedded effectively within larger institutional systems, assessment can help us focus our collective attention, examine our assumptions, and create a shared academic culture dedicated to assuring and improving the quality of higher education (Thomas A. Angelo, AAHE Bulletin, November 1995, p.7).