Assessment is an on-going process that helps focus our collective attention, examine our assumptions, and create a shared academic culture dedicated to improving the quality of education. It provides concrete information that is used to make improvements in our processes and products, and it documents the impact of those improvements. Fayetteville Technical Community College is committed to creating and supporting a culture of assessment.
All areas of the College are categorized as either an Academic or a Support Unit for assessment purposes. The assessment cycle runs from July 1 to June 30 (see Assessment Timeline). At the beginning of each assessment cycle, each unit develops a minimum of three outcomes and devises a strategy for assessing them. Achievement targets are set to determine what success “looks like”. Over the course of the cycle, the assessment strategies are implemented and findings are reported. For achievement targets that are not met, an action plan is filed to address the deficiencies. An analysis of the overall process is conducted with results used to affect improvements in the next cycle.
The College uses WEAVEonline© Assessment Management Tool. Within each unit, a department supervisor is responsible for developing, reporting and submitting assessment analyses into WEAVEonline©. Please note that Director of Institutional Effectiveness, Dr. Vincent Castano and Dr. John Edwards, Assessment Co-facilitator, are administrative contacts for any assistance with the assessment at FTCC.
Check out Assessment Overview to learn more. The menu options above provide additional details about how assessment works at FTCC
All graduates of North Carolina Community Colleges are expected to successfully complete a minimum of fifteen semester hours of academic credit in the areas of humanities and fine arts, social and behavioral sciences, natural sciences and mathematics, and English composition. These areas comprise a General Education core.
From within this core, Fayetteville Technical Community College has identified five Core Competencies that support its mission of building a globally competitive workforce to enhance economic development. Attainment of these competencies promotes graduate success in the work place, facilitates the learning of technical skills, eases the transition to institutions of higher learning, and enhances quality of life regardless of the certificate, diploma or degree obtained.
Assessment of the five core competencies occurs on an annual basis according to a pre-determined plan. Each competency is written as a student learning outcome with specific measures in place to enable the collection of meaningful data. Achievement targets are clearly defined. Findings are collected and reported by the area or department supervisor. When findings indicate that the achievement target is not met, the supervisor and involved faculty devise a plan of corrective action. In the subsequent assessment cycle, the action plan is implemented. The findings that are reported at the end of the new assessment cycle provide evidence of whether or not the action plan led to increased success.
A detailed assessment report for FTCC’s Core Competencies is prepared yearly and can be within WEAVEonline© under the title ” Core Competencies for General Education”. All FTCC users have access to this report. Additionally, a General Education Core Competencies Outcome Matrix is published every year and is housed in the Reports area of the Institutional Effectiveness and Assessment website.
A General Education Assessment Committee, through its Charter, is tasked with overseeing the process of assessing the FTCC Core Competencies.
- Retrieve or change my Weave password?
- Know when assessment items are due (timeline)?
- Place a document into the document management?
- Upload my program review, end-of-year report, or Advisory Committee minutes?
- Start writing learning outcomes?
- Find out more about building a rubric?
- Know what mistakes to avoid in my assessment planning?
- Build a “paper plan” before I start putting my information into Weave?
- View my complete assessment report, or the reports of other units?
- Know what to put into the Document Management area?
- Transfer current outcomes, measures and achievement targets into a future cycle?
- Find a single document to use as a general handout for assessment?