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Program Assessment

NEO A&M Assessment

What is Assessment?
Assessment is the systematic collection, review, and use of information about educational programs undertaken for the purpose of improving student learning and development (Palomba & Banta 1999). Assessment is a process that focuses on student learning by:

Setting student learning outcomes/goals for an academic program,

Evaluating the extent to which students are reaching those goals,

Using the information for program development and improvement.

Academic Assessment at NEO is divided into:

General Education Assessment 
Evaluation of student achievement of basic skills competencies and general learner goals.  The purpose of assessment of general education is to evaluate student achievement of institutionally recognized competencies in general education including communication, analytical, and critical thinking skills.

Program Outcome Assessment 
Evaluation of student achievement of expected outcomes in the major.  Every NEO degree program should have an assessment plan that describes expected student learning outcomes for the degree program and the methods used to evaluate student achievement of those outcomes.  An assessment plan articulates what faculty expect students to know and be able to do upon degree completion, identifies appropriate tools for evaluating the extent to which students are achieving those outcomes, and describes how faculty evaluate student achievement of the program’s expected learning outcomes and use that information to work towards continuous improvement of their academic program.  The same assessment measures will be applied to distance education courses/programs as to all other conventional courses/programs, with two exceptions:  assessment of communication will be required in all distance education courses implementing a course management software component and a standard survey will be administered to all students enrolled in online courses.  This survey will include, but not be limited to, instructor performance, content, comprehension, and technical concerns.

Annual Academic Assessment Report 2004-05 
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Annual Academic Assessment Report 2005-06
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Annual Academic Assessment Report 2006 - 2007
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Institutional Assessment – consists of  entry level and mid level assessment.  All degree and certificate seeking students enrolled at Northeastern Oklahoma A&M College (NEO) were required to participate in entry‑level assessment and placement.  The preliminary screening instrument for recent high school graduates and non‑graduates 20 years of age and younger, was the Enhanced ACT, with established cut‑scores in the sub‑tests of English, mathematics, reading and science. Adult students 21 years of age and older were screened with either the Enhanced ACT and/or the Computerized Placement Test (CPT).  General education is an integral part of the curriculum at NEO.  The College uses two instruments to assess students’ competencies related to general education.  The Academic Profile Test is administered to students who are enrolled in transfer programs and the Test for Adult Basic Education (TABE) is administered to students enrolled in a technical/occupational program.  The Testing and Assessment Center personnel administer the assessment tests in the freshmen orientation courses.  The assessments are conducted again at the end of the cohort group’s program of study.  A comparison of the assessment results enables the College to determine value-added particularly in the realm of “general education”.

Institutional Assessment Report 2004-05
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Institutional Assessment Report 2005-06
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Template Page  -  This page will allow you to view and download assessment templates.