Once a month, we highlight departments, programs, and committees from across the college that have great things happening motivated by a desire to improve student learning.
"We have not experienced any downsizing of our student population due to a robust short term "stackable" certification process. . ." Ben Macri, Chair of Automotive/Motorcycle Technology, Construction, and Building Maintenance
A hearalded accreditation standard requires that course student learning outcomes are aligned with degree student learning outcomes. The ACCJC has determined that we meet the standard but May's HIGHLIGHT features the innovative ways City College of San Francisco supports alignment--stackable degress and certificates!
According to InsiderHigherEd, "one of the most promising alternative credentialing movements – the manufacturing industry’s system of stackable certificates – has actually led to a deeper, more symbiotic relationship between employers and colleges.
City College's Ben Macri, Chair of Auotmotive/Motorcycle Technology, Construction & Bulding Maintenance Department, has been pursuing stackable curriculum for awhile. He describes the results below:
The Automotive Program is Nationally Certified and is currently completing its 5 year accreditation cycle similar in complexity to that of CCSF's. We offer 6 stackable certificates building up to an AS degree but allow students to complete a section and return to a work site with recognized national certification skill sets. Our new five year certification cycle will include one new certificate to complete our series in Heating and Air-conditioning.
Our Auto Body program has 4 stackable certificates to meet the same certifying body's training standards. There is an AS degree forthcoming in this field as well.
Our AS degree Motorcycle Technology Program has 3 stackable certificates independent of any national body as none exists but substantiate professional training in motorcycle repair and maintenance to any shop in the nation.
Our Construction Program currently has 4 stackable certificates and one more on the way toward a vacillating/cycling in training-out to the work-place, upgrade process. In this program, we have credit and non-credit student cohorts learning together in the same classroom with learning outcomes based on educational and workplace needs. Construction will soon be joining the AS degree stable of Workplace training.
We have not experienced any downsizing of our student population due to a robust short term "stackable" certification process, speeding up hiring, and reconnecting to job upgrade training.
Assessment activities during the past academic year were strong, progressive, and supported campus wide! Congratulations to the entire community for achieving so much in one year. In this article, we look back at assessment activities during the academic year, marking important milestones.
AUGUST: The CCSF campus community did not allow the disheartening news over the summer stand in the way of progress. Spring 2013 Assessment progress reports were due in late August. We had unprecedented response. 93% of courses, 94% of programs, 100% of counseling, and 93% of student services reported assessment activities.
SEPTEMBER: The entire campus community came together for Positive Pathways to Accreditation: College-wide Robust Dialogue. The scope of the day extended past outcomes assessment work; however, important SLO dialogue occurred, including campus-wide dialogue on the preliminary GE Area C results. Over 450 evaluations were received after the event, filled with ideas to share with presenters and college leaders and input on the GE-Area C results. The median satisfaction score for the event was 8 out of 10.
OCTOBER: Work on assessing the Critical Thinking and Information Competency ILO began in earnest. The SLO Committee of the Academic Senate conducted its first validation of instructional assessment reports. The college released its Annual Assessment Plan, setting benchmarks for the frequency of outcomes assessment. The college received a Feedback Memo for the ACCJC verifying that we meet the Proficiency standard!
NOVEMBER: The SLO Coordinators created an SLO Scorecard to better inform the community about the on-going progress made in assessment since the March 15th report was submitted to the ACCJC. SLO Workgroups for GE Area A & GE Area E were formed and discussed procedure for the spring semester.
DECEMBER: The final GE Area C Assessment Report was released to the college and discussion, still on-going, about implementation of the recommendations began.
JANUARY: The campus community immersed itself in professional development activities including assessment, teaching, and learning sessions at the January FLEX Day.
FEBRUARY: The SLO Committee released its Summary Report of Fall 2013 reporting. Over 80% of student services and counseling were at SCQI and 62% of instructional courses--showing that we are steadfastly marching forward. The campus community demonstrated that it maintain robust reporting as a matter of course. The ILO Assessment Work Group concluded data collection for ILO#1. A vigorous vetting process for new assessment software concluded and a generous donor purchased CurricUNET META for the campus. This integrated software will be used for curriculum development, SLO reporting, and program. Many faculty members of the SLO Committee attended the Accreditation Institute in LaJolla, CA.
MARCH: Professional development opportunities continued and the SLO Faculty Leaders and the Assessment Planning Team met to discuss the Institutional Set Standards for the college.
APRIL: The SLO Committee released the 2013-2014 SLO Impact Report, demonstrating connections between assessment and program improvement. The report was discussed in various participatory governance committees. The Student Service Outcome Team was formed and met to validate student service assessment reports.
MAY: The final report for the Critical Thinking and Information Competency Institutional Learning Outcome was released and discussions are happening campus-wide about the findings. Course, program, service, and unit coordinators participated in Get It Done Day, a day of collegial assessment reporting.
LOOKING AHEAD: When we return to campus in the fall, the process of training faculty and staff on CurricUNET META will begin. GE area E & A workgroups will conclude their assessment activities and assessment of the Communication ILO#2 will begin.
Most importantly, we will all work together to create meaningful change at the college.