The Office of Strategic Planning & Assessment supports educational programs in assessing learning outcomes at the course level, program level, and institutional level for continuous improvement.
Core Assessment: From Annual to Bi-Annual Cycle
After three consecutive years of assessing all 7 Gen. Ed. competencies/Core Objectives annually, Lone Star College is ready to enter into a bi-annual cycle of assessment. This bi-annual cycle will allow faculty members to assess selected Gen. Ed. Competencies/Core Objectives for one year and then implement changes based on the assessment results for the subsequent year, thus providing more time for faculty to implement changes and engage in the review and revision of the assessment process and methodologies.
Specifically, in AY 2021-22, sampled faculty members will assess Oral Communication, Written Communication, and Critical Thinking Skills, whereas the other four Core Objectives will not be assessed, but rather be involved in the “Review and Revision” phase (implementing changes recommended from the previous year while revising the assessment assignments and rubrics based on faculty feedback.)
In AY 2022-23, the assessed three core objectives will be rotated to the phase of “Review and Revision”; whereas the other four core objectives will be engaged in the “Assessment” phase.
For more detailed explanation of this bi-annual cycle of assessment, please see a visual chart from the link below:
Lone Star College (LSC) follows a five-stage assessment process to gauge LSC students' mastery of the 7 Gen Ed competencies/Core Objectives. See the following chart for more details:
In AY 2018-19, over 80 volunteer faculty participated in the Core Assessment. They aligned their assignments with LSC Core Assessment rubrics and collected over 900 artifacts for scoring. Another group of faculty (53 of them) participated in the scoring of these artifacts. The results of the assessment were discussed on the Curriculum Team Day, and recommendations were made based on the results to improve students' mastery of the Core Objectives.
In AY 2019-20, LSC scaled up the Core Assessment by increasing the sample size of faculty participating in the Core Assessment. Selected faculty were notified by the VPIs and Chris Tkach (Executive Director of Strategic Planning & Assessment).
II. Core Assessment Resources:
Please utilize the following resources to support your Core Assessment efforts:
III. Directions on How to Submit Student Artifacts:
After you have collected student artifacts for Core Assessment, you can submit them to your campus Core Assessment email. Click on the following link to access specific instructions on how to prepare the submission files and what the campus email addresses are:
Each campus has a Core Assessment faculty representative to support faculty's Core assessment efforts. These faculty representatives are also in charge of their campuses' Core Assessment emails. Please refer to the following chart for the campus Core Assessment emails: