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Assessment Plan 

The needs of students are at the heart of assessment at North Central Missouri College. In order to best meet student needs, the assessment plan is based on an I-E-O Model.


Source: Austin (1993)

  • Input (I) is what incoming students bring with them. Examples of inputs include ACT/SAT scores, COMPASS testing, and high school or transfer GPA.
  • Environment (E) is the measure of change including all student experiences (coursework, student sservices, campus activities, etc.). In the student learning environment, some measures of student learning include:
    • Course Assessments
    • Program Reviews (Academic, Non-Academic, and General Education)
    • Surveys of student engagement
  • Output (O) is the measure of outgoing students’ skills and knowledge. In student output, four dimensions of student learning are measured, which include:
    • Workforce Readiness
    • Transfer Readiness
    • Content Knowledge and Discipline-Specific Knowledge and Skills
    • Soft (non-cognitive) Skills

The evoluation of this multi-dimensional approach is built on a faculty-driven foundation represented by its Assessment Team, whose members represent all parts of the college community. The college's approach to assessment recognizes that effectiveness as an institution must include data from all three components of the I-E-O model. Thus between a student’s first class and graduation or transfer, data is gathered concerning the college learning environment. These records are used by the institution for the purpose of improving teaching and learning (Dwyer et al, 2006).

NCMC Assessment Plan (Revised, 2014)

 Four Dimensions of Student Learning