Student Success Initiative

SPC studentsThis initiative will focus on implementation of classroom critical thinking activities, supported by key club and student leadership programs and tools that assess and document critical thinking, such as student ePortfolios. Students will be exposed to critical thinking throughout the College and will be offered opportunities to create, collect, and reflect on their own artifacts within their ePortfolios. 

A Collegewide assessment rubric template and discipline-specific assessments will be used by faculty to evaluate the students’ critical thinking skills. Academic programs will be selected for implementation over five years, and lead faculty and staff will receive advanced professional development geared to their disciplines or field. Key student organizations will be included in the five-year rollout process.

Student Success Resources

Student programs, activities and games helping students think critically.

student success initiative

Process Measures

Objectives Project Expected Outcomes Indicators 2008 2009 2010 2011 2012
1. Enhance students’ critical thinking skills across the curriculum through “teaching for critical thinking” classroom activities.

1. Discipline-specific classroom activities that promote development of students’ critical thinking

1. Number of academic programs
4
5
12
9
4
and faculty (and staff) participating in development of critical thinking activities
26
44
43
46
17
2. Develop general and discipline-specific assessment tools and strategies for measuring students’ critical thinking skills, including collection of student artifacts through ePortfolio.

1. General assessment tools and strategies
2. Discipline-specific assessment tools and strategies
3. ePortfolio artifacts

1. Number of discipline-specific critical thinking assessments

2
5
13
5
4
2. Number of students using ePortfolio
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3. Implementation of critical thinking programs supported by key student organizations. 1. Student programs and activities 1. Number of student activities
8
7
6
3
1

Assessments

# Goals Pilot Program Expected Outcomes Year 5 Expected Outcomes Assessments

1-1.

Enhance students’ critical thinking skills through “teaching for critical thinking” classroom activities across the curriculum.

1. By 2009, participating Academic Roundtables (ARTs) and individual faculty will have developed instructional portfolios with discipline-specific activities promoting critical thinking.

Y

1. By 2012, all students will have demonstrated improvement in critical thinking skills, as evidenced by scores on external tests and ratings on the Assessment Rubric for Critical Thinking (ARC).

 

Direct
1. MAPP test
2. iSkills test
3. ARC template

Indirect
1. Employer surveys
2. Alumni surveys
3. CAPRs
4. Student surveys and focus groups

2. By 2012, key stakeholders will report positively regarding improvements in critical thinking skills of SPC graduates.
2. By 2009, students will report an increase in instructional practices improving critical thinking skills in the pilot programs.
*
3. By 2012, students will report an increase in instructional practices improving critical thinking skills in the majority of modified courses or class activities across the curriculum.

1-2.

Develop and use general and discipline-specific assessment tools and strategies for measuring students’ critical thinking skills.

1. By 2009, the universal rubrics will have been defined, piloted, and critiqued.

Y

1. By 2012, a majority of programs will have at least one discipline-specific critical thinking assessment tool or strategy for measuring students’ critical thinking skills.

 

1. Instruments (surveys, portfolio reflections) related to faculty feedback on effectiveness of critical thinking assessments.
2. By 2009, any discipline-specific assessments developed under the auspices of the QEP will have been piloted.
Y
3. By 2009, ePortfolios will have been implemented and student ePortfolio artifacts collected in selected academic programs. 
*

1-3.

Collect student artifacts through ePortfolio.

1. By 2009, ePortfolios will have been implemented and student ePortfolio artifacts collected in selected academic programs. 

*

1. By 2012, a range of artifacts will have been collected that demonstrate student growth in critical thinking skills in selected courses across the curriculum.

 

1. ARC template

1-4.

Implement critical thinking programs supported by key student organizations.

1. By 2009, key student organizations (SGA, PTK) will have conducted student programs promoting development of critical thinking skills.

Y

1. By 2012, each key student organization will have had at least one activity related to critical thinking annually.
2. By 2012, the majority of students participating in student programs focusing on critical thinking skills will report that the activities add value to their development of these skills.

 

1. Instruments (survey, focus group, or “debriefings” from student activities) related to student reports of critical thinking activities

Assessment of Critical Thinking

By 2012, all students will have demonstrated improvement in critical thinking skills, as evidenced by scores on external tests and ratings on the Assessment Rubric for Critical Thinking (ARC).

Critical Thinking Areas

DIRECT MEASURES

INDIRECT MEASURES

CAT

MAPP

iSkills

ARC

e-Portfolio

Recent Alumni

Employer Survey

CCSSE

Communication

X
X
X
X
X
X
X

Problem Solving

X
X
X
X
X
X

Evaluation

X
X
X
X
X

Analysis

X
X
X
X
X
X
X

Synthesis

X
X
X
X
X
X

Reflection

X
X
X
X