Assessment, Teaching and Learning
The statewide Assessment, Teaching, and Learning community includes educators, administrators, and institutional researchers - representing both 2-year and 4-year institutions in Washington - who provide ongoing campus leadership to improve teaching and learning through assessment and faculty development.
The office of Assessment, Teaching and Learning operates as part of the Education Services Division of the Washington State Board for Community and Technical Colleges. The staff in this office support the Assessment, Teaching and Learning community in the following ways:
- Communicating in ongoing and regular ways about assessment, teaching and learning.
- Convening the statewide community at various retreats and conferences.
- Supporting specific local, regional, and statewide communities of practice, collaborative projects, and related efforts in assessment, teaching and learning that are beneficial to the community as a whole.
In October 1989, the Higher Education Coordinating Board endorsed a Student Outcomes Plan developed by the State Board for Community and Technical Colleges to:
- Assess the results of students' participation in a community college education,
- Identify strengths and weaknesses, and to
- Improve the quality of the educational experience for students attending community colleges.
Initially, the legislature provided funding for only system level assessment activities. Later, the 1990 legislature provided supplemental funding for each community college to undertake local institutional assessment activities. The funding has been integral in providing and supporting the on-going assessment activities of the system and each college.
A system-wide professional development structure is necessary to achieve:
- HECB strategic master plan goal of "...providing training and professional development for ... higher education faculty and staff to ensure strong, culturally competent educators."
- SBCTC system direction goal of using "...technology, collaboration and innovation to meet the demands of the economy and improve student success."
- Technology Task Force goal of creating "...a system of lifelong learning and change management for faculty, staff and college leadership."
- SBCTC Board commitment to increasing the cultural competence of all employees who work within the CTC system.
To gain momentum toward building a system-wide structure that will support ongoing instructional improvement - with a strong emphasis on cultural competency, instructional technology, and the scholarship of teaching and learning - SBCTC faculty development staff implemented a state-wide Faculty Learning Communities Initiative in 2009.
Please take time to view our site and if we can answer any questions or if you would like to share your ideas/comments about this work, please be sure to contact us.
Bill Moore, Policy Associate
Noreen Light, Faculty Development Coordinator
Instructional Services Specialist
State Board for Community & Technical Colleges
Assessment, Teaching & Learning
PO Box 42495
Olympia, WA 98504-2495
"In times of change, learners inherit the Earth, while the learned find themselves beautifully equipped to deal with a world that no longer exists."
- Eric Hoffer
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