Information on this website is in draft form and is not to be cited, quoted, or distributed. It is being used by Bakersfield College and InSites personnel in a pilot study of the use of Communities of Learning and Integrated Practice (CLIPs). CLIPS are a way to develop the capacity of community college personnel to evaluate programs and policies and develop an evidence-based culture with student learning as the ultimate goal. Terminology and perspectives are under development. Each member of the faculty CLIPs is involved in carrying out an evaluative inquiry related to an issue of importance to them. The following topics are being addressed by the six CLIPs:
Communication: The Communication Department faculty studied student learning outcomes for the oral communication courses they teach. In particular they explored the most effective ways to assess oral communication competencies, and what quantitative and/or qualitative tools can be used to determine if students are mastering oral communication skills. They attended professional conferences. For more information contact Mark Staller (CLIP facilitator).
Developmental Writing: This CLIP studied ways to help students who start in a developmental education writing class become successful in the English composition classroom. They analyzed data, tracked students, and formulated teaching strategies. They looked specifically at things such as the characteristics and needs of developmental writing students, the strengths that those students take to the English composition class, and what strategies English teachers can use to increase their success rate. For more information contact Paula Parks (CLIP facilitator).
Math: Specific learning outcomes for Intermediate Algebra, were studied by the Math CLIP. The CLIP wanted to know what the campus faculty are actually covering in Intermediate Algebra. They identified course objectives, mapped developmental courses to student learning outcomes, and analyzed qualitative data. Contact Rick Brantley (CLIP facilitator) or Donna Starr (CLIP facilitator), for further information.
MESA: Currently, there are formal and informal peer study groups established within the MESA program. This CLIP collected information about the mechanisms and behavior of these peer study groups and assessed the factors that make the study groups effective among the MESA and other Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) student populations. Contact Consuelo Gonzalez (CLIP facilitator) for further information.
GenEd Outcomes: The members of this CLIP researched methods to assess General Education Outcomes, such as what methods of GE outcomes assessment have been successfully utilized at other community colleges and what methods(s) would be most effective at Bakersfield College. They focused on critical thinking GE outcomes. Contact Bonnie Suderman (CLIP facilitator) for further information.
Transitions: This CLIP studied the learning that takes place when community college students visit college campuses and attend professional and/or academic conferences. This CLIP enhanced the work of the Delano Future Teachers Club. In particular they were interested to know, what students learn from a campus/conference visit, what preparation for the visits will aid in learning, and how may students collect, organize, and analyze data related to campus/conference visits. For further information contact Janet Tarjan (CLIP facilitator).
Computer Studies: The Computer Studies CLIP members compared the results of using different methods of assessment in their MS Office classes.
The members of this CLIP were:
Math: In the Math Department, CLIP members investigated the appropriateness of the content of Elementary and Intermediate Algebra as prerequisites to classes taught in other departments at BC by interviewing faculty in other BC departments and colleagues from other colleges.
The members of this CLIP were:
Engineering: CLIP members in Engineering collected and analyzed data which helped them determine the usefulness of the discussion sessions they hold for students and whether the content and scheduling of the discussion sessions correlate with test scores, homework completion rates, and/or attendance.
The members of this CLIP included:
Please contact the facilitator for each CLIP for more information about their work.
CLIP members may download a blank form to use in developing their plan. Template for CLIP Evaluative Inquiry Plan: NS.04.dl.BlnkInqPln.8-19.doc InSites encourages the CLIPs to be modest in the scope of their work to ensure that they will be able to successfully complete it. The emphasis is on ensuring a successful project since success is a strong motivator to continue to undertake this type of work. The goal is that CLIPs such as these will continue beyond the life of the grant. Conference Attendance
CLIP members often attend conferences. The tasks for the conference attendees are: