Assessment at LaGuardia Community College is a process designed to support meaningful learning and development—for students, of course, but also for faculty, staff and the College as a whole. Our assessment framework addresses:
General Education assessment at LaGuardia flows from its mission as an open-access community college. Our assessment processes reflect our focus on students’ longitudinal growth. We believe that, to be effective, development of student learning requires recursive attention in both General Education core courses and in required courses in the major, from First Year Seminars to Capstone courses. Consequently, LaGuardia assesses its General Education Student Learning Outcomes (SLOs) both in the Pathways Core and in three required courses in every major during early, middle and late points in the curriculum. LaGuardia uses curriculum maps to structure its General Education work. Directors of every major and coordinators of Pathways courses submit curriculum maps matching courses and SLOs. The Assessment Leadership Team and the College-Wide Curriculum Committee, an arm of College governance, review these maps. Using the maps as a guide, faculty develop assignments that recursively and intentionally build student capacities related to the SLOs. LaGuardia assesses SLOs by examining student-learning artifacts collected in our ePortfolio system organized according to the curriculum maps. Faculty and staff rate these artifacts using college-wide Core Competency and Ability rubrics. Shared with the College, findings inform changes in curriculum and instruction in both Pathways and required courses in each major. Regular Periodic Program Reviews (PPRs) require majors to use SLO data to make recommendations for improvement. Findings also shape the programs of the Center for Teaching & Learning (CTL), supporting SLO-related improvement efforts. Benchmark Reading data from 2018-2019 show how assessment helps to build professional learning and advance student learning and success.
LaGuardia has identified three overarching Core Competencies to structure our general education framework. LaGuardia Community College Core Competencies:
Students demonstrate Core Competencies using one of three Communication Abilities.
The Assessment Leadership Team at LaGuardia is a college-wide team that meets monthly to discuss the College’s on-going initiatives in Outcomes Assessment, and to lead our annual Benchmark Readings. ALT Membership Information ALT Members
Mandated by CUNY, all majors conduct a Periodic Program Review (PPR) on a regularly scheduled basis addressing Core Competencies and Abilities as well as the programmatic competencies developed for each particular major. PPRs are led by program faculty, who use their findings to recommend and implement changes in programmatic practice. PPR Calendar PPR Guidelines
Program Learning Outcomes (PLOs) are developed by each program and articulated as part of the Mission Statement of each program. PLOs describe program-specific learning throughout the course of students’ education in the program and what specific skills, competencies, and knowledge the students will attain. PLOs are defined individually, and each program usually has between three and five. On an annual basis, faculty assess one of their PLOs in order to improve program-specific teaching and learning. Program faculty choose the methods of direct assessment of PLOs, which varies according to the courses and program goals. Annual PLO Assessment Report Template
LaGuardia has a diverse array of initiatives to deepen the value of assessment and to develop and sustain high quality teaching and learning related to the Core Competencies at the College, including Teagle funded Learning Matters Mini-Grants. Learning Matters Assessment Guide Core Competency and Communication Ability Tip Sheets Teaching Digital Communication Charrette Instructions Assignment Design Charrette FAQ Charrette Notes and Feedback Assessment Depositing - A Resource for Faculty
LaGuardia’s Learning Matters Assignment Library (LMAL) is a faculty-generated online resource housed within CUNY Academic Works. It responds directly to faculty requests for examples of assignments that model ways to address our Core Competencies and Communication Abilities. Contributions emerged from Center for Teaching and Learning seminars, Learning Matters Mini-Grants, departmental assignment development workshops, and successful assignments. Faculty are encouraged to submit their assignments to the LMAL. LMAL Submission Form