Rockford, Illinois

Assessment for Student Learning

Welcome to Rock Valley College's Assessment Website. Faculty and administrators are very serious when it comes to the quality of education students receive. For this reason both faculty and administrators understand the need for assessing what and how students are learning in the classroom and around campus.


Assessment Updates

Course Assessment
Master Course Syllabus Review/Mapping Templates and assessment methods for courses being assessed in calendar year 2014 were due on March 1, 2014. Faculty should already have collected assessment data from Spring 2014 courses. Contact RVC-Research for questions about what to do with these assessment results.

Program/Discipline Assessment
Course assessment results should be used to inform program/discipline assessment. Additional resources are available on the Program/Discipline Assessment web page.

Program Review
Program reviews for FY2015 are due to Vice Presidents on April 1, 2015. The areas under review this year include Building Construction Certificates, Sustainable Building Science, Sustainable Energy Systems, Nursing Programs, Nurse's Aide and CNA Certificates, Marketing Certificates, Humanities and Fine Arts, Theater Major Courses, Vocational Skills - Continuing Professional Development (Business, Computer, Education, Health, Technology), Business Professional Institute (BPI), and Financial Aid.

A roll-out meeting for those who will be engaged in program review will be held in October. 

Institutional Student Learning Outcomes (ISLO)
The new ISLO are being rolled out to students in Summer/Fall 2014. All course objectives must be aligned to the revised ISLO using the new Master Course Syllabus Template before syllabi are distributed to students in academic year 2014-2015.

Community College Survey of Student Engagement (CCSSE)
The CCSSE is an indirect measure of student learning focused on institutional practices and student behaviors related to success. RVC participates in CCSSE every other spring on an alternating cycle with the Collegiate Assessment of Academic Proficiency. CCSSE was last administered Spring 2014 in randomly selected courses and the results are due to be distributed to participating colleges in July 2014.

Collegiate Assessment of Academic Proficiency (CAAP)
The CAAP is a nationally-normed standardized test produced by ACT. RVC uses the Critical Thinking module, which aligns with the ISLO for Analytic Reasoning. CAAP is administered by the Office of Institutional Research in odd calendar years. Results from Spring 2013 were reported in the July 2013 Assessment for Student Learning Key Performance Indicator Report. The next scheduled administration is Spring 2015. Classes will be selected randomly for participation.