Community College Connections

League for Innovation's Learning College Project
League for Innovation's 21st Century Learning Outcomes Project

Community College Connections Mathematics
Other Higher Education Institution Connections

This section provides links to innovative work or outcomes-focused work that is going on in community colleges that may be of interest to the CLIPs. Some are about general approaches in community colleges while others are links to community colleges that may have some innovative practices in the specific area of one of the CLIPs.

League for Innovation's Learning College Project

Learning College Project

The League for Innovation in the Community College (www.league.org/welcome.htm) began a project in 2000 called the Learning College Project (www.league.org/league/projects/lcp/) which was intended to provide guidance for colleges as they began to move to a more learning centered approach. This project identified 12 colleges to be Vanguard Colleges. The Vanguard Colleges would be committed to a learning centered approach and would serve as models of best practice to other colleges. Explore the programs at these 12 Vanguard Colleges:

  1. Cascadia Community College (WA)
    Outcomes and Assessment

    “Cascadia was launched around the idea of becoming and being outcomes-based in all of our activities. Creating this culture will be a continuous project and process. ...”

    For more information, go to: www.cascadia.ctc.edu/vanguard/OutcomeAssessment.
  2. The Community College of Baltimore County (MD)
    For more information, go to: www.ccbcmd.edu/vanguard/
  3. Community College of Denver (CO)
    Solutions to Problems and Issues

    “CCD has defined learning outcomes at the course, program, and institution level. All courses are competency based, with expected learner outcomes identified. All certificate and degree programs have identified exit competencies (outcomes). The institution determines annual goals, which this coming year will have measurable outcomes attached to them. ...”

    For more information, go to: ccd.rightchoice.org/vanguard/VANcriticalissues.html
  4. Humber (Ontario, CA)
    For more information, go to: learningcollege.humberc.on.ca/
  5. Kirkwood Community College (IA)
    Assessment Status Report

    For more information, go to: www.kirkwood.cc.ia.us/vanguard/solutions/assessment/assessment_report.htm
  6. Lane Community College (OR)
    Learning Outcomes

    “1. Outcome: College will conduct a thorough assessment of current programs to determine extent to which learning outcomes are currently in use and effectiveness of such programs.
    Activities:

    1a. Institutional Research office will conduct departmental interviews with faculty.

    1b. Institutional Research will publish Program Assessment: A Case Study Approach ...

    For more information, go to: www.lanecc.edu/vanguard/outcomes.htm.
  7. Madison Area Technical College (WI)
    Learning Outcomes

    “To accomplish the college mission, MATC has identified eight core abilities it feels students need to develop to become productive and civic minded citizens. The design, implementation, and monitoring of the effectiveness of this process are the goals of this initiative. ...”

    For more information go to: matcmadison.edu/op/vanguard/Advice%20to%20Collegues/learning_outcomes.htm
  8. Palomar College (CA)
    Assessment of Learning Project

    “’If there is one generalization that can be made about the culture of the academic community, it is that unusual value is placed on acquiring and using information. To refuse, in principle, to investigate the results of our own actions because such an inquiry is deemed somehow inappropriate is to display inconsistency of the highest order—a fact not lost upon those outside higher education. Like any investigation, assessment involves vast technical difficulties and undreamed subtleties. However, difficulties and subtleties have hardly stopped us in other areas.’ –Peter Ewell ...”

    For more information go to: www.palomar.edu/alp/
  9. Moraine Valley Community College (IL)
    Learning Outcomes

    “1. At what levels (course, program, institution, other) have learning outcomes been identified and defined at your college?
    Learning outcomes are primarily identified and defined at the course and program level. General education learning outcomes have been defined for the institution, but no institution-wide assessment of these learning outcomes is occurring at this time. ...”

    For more information, go to: www.morainevalley.edu/Vanguard/solutions/learning.htm

    Assessment Strategies

    “In May 1994, a North Central Association of Colleges and Schools (NCA) self-study group was assigned the task of assisting Moraine Valley with developing its Assessment of Student Academic Achievement (ASAA) plan. The objective of the assessment plan was to demonstrate that the college is effectively meeting its stated mission and purpose. To achieve this objective, a collegewide effort was initiated to document the extent of student academic achievement. Self-study group membership, included both full- and part-time faculty from all academic divisions, Student Development staff, Institutional Research staff, and a student. In its initial meetings, the group learned about ASAA and how Moraine Valley Community College will incorporate ASAA into the work of the college's Institutional Effectiveness Task Force. ...”

    For more information, go to: www.morainevalley.edu/Vanguard/outstanding/assess_strategy.htm
  10. Richland College (TX)
    Project Description

    “Richland College is a Teaching, Learning, Community-Building institution. The learning needs and expectations of students and community—as well as work-related needs of colleagues—inspire and animate our work. To this end we unite to provide the highest quality learning environment.

    The words, "Teaching, Learning, Community-Building" have been used to capture the core of Richland College's vision and statement of purpose for more than twenty years. In fact, these words have been strategically placed at the entrance of every door to the college as a reminder to all who enter. ...”

    For more information, go to: www.rlc.dcccd.edu/vanguard/vanguard.htm
  11. Sinclair Community College (OH)
    For more information, go to: www.sinclair.edu/vlearning/
  12. Valencia Community College (FL)
    Core Competencies

    “The faculty of Valencia Community College have established four Core Competencies that describe the learning outcomes for a Valencia graduate. They are: THINK, VALUE, COMMUNICATE, ACT. These general competencies can be applied in many contexts and must be developed over a lifetime. They specify how learning can be expressed and assessed in practice. They enable students and faculty to set learning goals and assess learning within and across the many disciplines of human inquiry. Use the descriptions and examples of academic work for each to measure your own learning outcomes. Samples of the academic work are great additions to your Learning Portfolio. ...”

    For more information, go to: www.valencia.cc.fl.us/competencies/

    Learning Centered Reference Guide

    “This little book is meant to foster discussions around teaching and learning. Language has power over how we view and frame our actions, and the chief benefit of a reference guide is to establish a shared vocabulary so that we can communicate our meanings to each other more clearly. The key metaphor here is "Learning-Centered," which simply places the desired result of teaching, i.e., learning, at the center of conversations. The concepts defined in this booklet reflect a developmental perspective on learning: the understandings of the definitions are evolving and will be refined through practice and dialogue. This tool is intended to support and enhance college-wide discussion of learning and the scholarship of teaching. ...”

    For more information, go to: faculty.valencia.cc.fl.us/development/resources/flipbook/

    All Features and Publications

    For more information, go to: www.valencia.cc.fl.us/lci/features.asp

21st Century Learning Outcomes Project

This is another project of The League for Innovation in the Community College. The 21st Century Learning Outcomes Project (www.league.org/league/projects/pew/) involves 16 colleges and is meant to address student achievement of learning outcomes that address transfer education, workplace skills/knowledge, and skills/knowledge necessary for our modern society.

  1. Butler County Community College (KS)
    Assessment Program (pdf)
    www.butlercc.edu/league/parts/academic_assessment.pdf
  2. Central Piedmont Community College (NC)
    For more information, go to: cww.cpcc.edu/league21/
  3. Cuyahoga Community College (OH)
    For more information, go to: www.tri-c.cc.oh.us/outcomes/docs/participants.htm
  4. Foothill College (CA)
    For more information, go to: www.foothill.fhda.edu/staff/century/
  5. Hocking College (OH)
    Success Skills Chart
    www.hocking.edu/~league/corecomps.htm.
  6. Inver Hills Community College (MN)
    For more information, go to: depts.inverhills.edu/LSPS/21stProject.htm
  7. Johnson County Community College (KS)
    For more information, go to: web.jccc.net/instruction/21stcentury/
  8. Kingsborough Community College (NY)
    For more information, go to: www.kbcc.cuny.edu/21century/index.html
  9. Mesa Community College (AZ)
    For more information, go to: www.mc.maricopa.edu/organizations/employee/orp/assessment/
  10. Midlands Technical College (SC)
    For more information, go to: www.midlandstech.com/outcomes/
  11. Montgomery College (TX)
    Computation Skills White Paper (pdf)
    www.woodstock.edu/students/academics/learningoutcomes/computation.pdf
    Technology Skills White Paper (pdf)
    www.woodstock.edu/students/academics/learningoutcomes/technology.pdf
  12. San Diego Miramar College (CA)
    For more information, go to: www.miramarcollege.net/projects/league/
  13. Santa Fe Community College (FL)
    Student Learning Outcomes (pdf)
    inst.santafe.cc.fl.us/~21century/PDF/StudentLearningOutcomesKey.pdf
  14. Schoolcraft College (MI)
    Primary Traits Sample Rubrics (pdf)
    www.schoolcraft.cc.mi.us/leagueproject/pdfs/documents/Primary%20Trait%20Analysis%20Sample%20Rubric.pdf
    Scientific Method Sample Rubric Classroom Level (pdf)
    www.schoolcraft.cc.mi.us/leagueproject/pdfs/documents/Scientific%20Method%20Rubric%20Classroom%20Evaluation.pdf
    Scientific Method Sample Rubric Program Level (pdf)
    www.schoolcraft.cc.mi.us/leagueproject/pdfs/documents/Scientific%20Method%20Rubric%20Program%20Evaluation.pdf
  15. Skagit Valley College (WA)
    Learning Outcomes Assessment Plans
    www.skagit.edu/news.asp_Q_pagenumber_E_1197
  16. Waukesha County Technical College (WI)
    Critical Life Skills Assessment
    www.wctc.edu/home/info/adm/skills.htm

Community College Connections Mathematics

Here are community colleges doing work that may be of particular interest to the Mathematics CLIP. Note: These are yet to be identified. As you identify colleges of interest please send an email to Sarah Phinney so we can add to this list.

Other Higher Education Institution Connections

As CLIP members identify places of interest, they should send an email to Sarah Phinney so that she can add in the links so others can make use of it.