Governing Board Meeting
February 13, 2001
A special meeting and strategic conversation of the Maricopa County Community College District Governing Board was scheduled to be held at 6:30 p.m. at the District Support Services Center, 2411 West 14th Street, Tempe, Arizona, pursuant to A.R.S. Section 38-431.02, notice having been duly given.
Donald R. Campbell, President
Nancy Stein, Secretary
Ed Contreras, Member
Gene Eastin, Member
Linda B. Rosenthal, Member
Carol Scarafiotti for Linda Thor
Tessa Martinez Pollack
Nick Balich - Absent
CALL TO ORDER
The meeting was called to order at 6:30 p.m. by President Don Campbell.
(A-1) CONSIDERATION OF EMPLOYMENT OF DIRECTOR OF DEVELOPMENT Ð Approve Steven W. Schenk as Director of Development.
MOTION NO. 9017
Linda Rosenthal moved that the Governing Board approve Steven W. Schenk as Director of Development. Motion carried 5-0.
II) REVIEW OF REPORT OF THE MARICOPA COMMUNITY COLLEGE DISTRICT GOVERNING BOARD'S GOAL ON POST-SECONDARY STUDENT COMPETENCIES
Anna Solley introduced the conversation. Introduced were co-presenters, Jeanne Canham and Teresa Toney. Dr. Solley referred to the report that had been distributed which was prepared by the members of the District Student Academic Achievement Assessment Committee. The goals of the committee were provided which include supporting assessment efforts across the district as well as addressing the Governing Board goal on post-secondary student competencies. Due to the uniqueness of each college, each has its own assessment committee. The committees address each individual college's needs, although assessment at all of the colleges is faculty owned and driven. All of the colleges are committed to quality teaching and learning, continuous improvement, meeting the Governing Board's goals, and following NCA guidelines. Teresa Toney reviewed the Board's planning cycle and how the material from the goal monitoring reports is utilized. Jeanne Canham provided examples of the challenges in assessing skills. The purpose provided for the meeting was to continue discussion on student assessment, the focus being on results of assessment efforts from the individual colleges and what changes and interventions are being made and have been learned to improve teaching and learning.
The group was requested to visit the presentations on assessment efforts and results by the individual colleges in the employee lounge. Upon their return they were asked to answer three questions. The results are as follows:
What have you learned this evening about each college's progress toward assessing the Governing Board Goal on Student Competencies?
- Liked the in-depth involvement and intensity or enthusiasm of the presenters
- We found flaws, but were not hiding them
- It took lots of hard work and there were good outcomes
- Liked the collaboration between colleges
- We have come a long way since the beginning document (matrix) and since last year
- Impressed with the intensity of explanations
- Pleased to learn about number of faculty involved and wish for 100% involvement
- Found strong amount of legitimacy behind the cohorts, the rubrics, etc.
- Faculty have taken results back to the classroom, benefits of results
What have you learned this evening about the challenges faced by the colleges in these assessment efforts?
- Challenging to get students to the exam, and to get them motivated to do well
- Humanities is difficult to measure (competency in humanities)
- Once you have some data; figuring out what to do with the data, and how to fold it into planning, budget, etc.
- Trying to find workshops, conferences, training programs for faculty
- How to teach these skills
- Need more time to learn about what is going on everywhere
- Time consuming
- Critical thinking is especially difficult to measure
- Performance on assessments is or can be influenced by diversity of the participants
- Maintaining motivation is a challenge
- Need support for assessment activities
What other question, comments or suggestions do you have regarding assessment of student competencies?
- Use more rooms next time (too loud)
- All board members were not able to get to all college sites
- Maybe do contests, or reward winners to sustain energy and motivation
- Course management software may provide leverage
- Enthusiasm apparent tonight Ð energizing
- Students benefit from these undertakings and these outcomes
- Willingness to try new approaches to find ways to improve
- Set aside days to dialogue on selected topics (e.g. motivations, participation, measures...)
- Outcomes will evolve over time
- Writing reports on assessment is not as productive as spending time on teaching and learning
- These outcomes are or should be embedded across the curriculum
- Motivation in the past has been to satisfy external agencies Ð need consistent reporting to
- NCA about what is happening in all of MCCD, rather that separately
- Communicating back to campuses about what we are all doing is vital
- Looking for a closer look at what is going to be done with the goals
- Is there the possibility of standardization across the district? Maybe some consistency... yes
- Assessment efforts need to focus on teaching and learning and improvement
- "Trick" the student in to being assessed through random sampling
- It should lead to improvements in teaching and learning and curriculum
- Other challenges faced by parts of the system include mandatory placement, etc.
The meeting adjourned at 8:15 p.m.
Governing Board Secretary
Governing Board Minutes