Although some colleges have separate curriculum and program review processes, at LCC
they are combined into one standardized instrument that all faculty are required to
use, according to an established schedule. All faculty work on the same sections at
the same time, on designated assessment days held each quarter. Please note that the
curriculum approval process, which goes through the college's Curriculum Committee,
is completely separate from assessment (although curriculum changes are typically
noted in assessment reports).
We use this term to refer to general education outcomes, things that all students
should gain while at LCC. The faculty at LCC have adopted four Global Skills: Communication,
Critical Thinking, Quantitative Literacy, and Teamwork. Not to be confused with general
education requirements for degrees, which pertain to distribution requirements. Faculty
have primary responsibility for assessing Global Skills at LCC, which is done through
an annual Summer Assessment Institute for academic transfer programs, and within each
program for professional/technical areas.
LCC has a set of Key Performance Indicators, or KPIs, that define effectiveness across
the institution. We do have defined KPIs for program outcomes as well as Global Skills,
in addition to a number of other institutional measurements. Those KPIs reflect the
work occurring through the Curriculum and Program Review process and Global Skills
LCC has deconstructed its mission statement into five areas that represent different
aspects of college operations. Four of the five represent the student lifecycle, and
the fifth represents the organization and community.
Each Mission Area has a corresponding set of Key Performance Indicators (KPIs). Administration
has the primary responsibility for tracking our KPIs, but we do have many faculty
participants on our related review teams. Monitoring our KPIs is primarily about compliance
and overall institutional performance.
LCC reports on its institutional outcomes (KPIs) in a series of Monitoring Reports
that get presented to the LCC Board of Trustees throughout the year. Monitoring Reports
are posted on the LCC website.
Each of the Monitoring Reports has an assigned review team that analyzes data and
participates in planning each year. LCC employees receive open invitations in the
spring and fall to join a team. All are welcome.
For purposes of Curriculum and Program Review at LCC, a program can either be a specific
degree or certificate or an academic discipline. Since we don't have majors per se
at LCC, academic transfer faculty are advised to select an important foundation course
or series of courses to address through the review process. In disciplines where sequential
courses are involved (such as math, English and the sciences), the sequences should
Academic transfer faculty who are unsure about what to assess should consult with
their dean, Instructional Assessment Committee representative, or department chair.
A guide listing specific criteria for grading or scoring academic papers, projects,
The knowledge, skills and/or abilities that a student should achieve within a defined
educational experience, such as a course or program.