Computation GE Learning Outcome Assessment for 2014-15

The Computation GELO was examined during the 2014-15 school year - the final report can be downloaded from the General Education Program Review page   


                 The Computation General Education Learning Outcome (GELO) was assessed during the 2014-15 school year at Merced College. Faculty mapped their course Student Learning Outcomes (SLOs) to the Computation outcomes, and set the overall benchmark for success at 70% which was not met as only 57% of the GELO courses met their individual benchmarks. Success for the Analyze portion of the GELO was 67% ± 17%, suggesting a wide distribution for this outcome. Over the past 5 years, staffing for the Computation GELO courses was comparable to the Merced College district, yet more Productive (WSCH/FTEF) with higher FTES/section. The number of sections offered every year ranged from 101 to 138, with a % fill rate similar to the district. The % fill for GELO courses offered as District Education courses over the past 5 years was around 63%, similar to the district. Success and completion rates in the Computation GELO courses are consistently lower compared to the district over the last 5 years. While the number of DE sections for the computation GELO course is still low, success and completion rates are lower than traditional face-to-face courses, similar to the statewide trend. Demographics of students enrolling in the computation GELO courses mirror the college for gender, age range, and ethnicity. Interestingly, it appears younger students (<19) are taking GELO courses as DE offerings compared to students >19.

                 As a result of the assessment, faculty are increasing use of a new online tutoring service, SmartThinking. Textbooks with new supplemental material are going to be utilized and the booklet used to prepare incoming students for the Accuplacer test will be updated. Future assessments of Merced College’s General Education Learning outcomes will require more faculty and staff participation in the planning, especially the LRC and student services. For the next Computation GELO, Computer Science and Accounting courses need to be targeted to examine the technology outcome.

                 It is recommended that Merced College focus on forming a GELO academy, providing a core of faculty and staff who can plan and continue to work on GELO assessment. Individual workgroups of faculty and staff are needed to verify mapping of individual course outcomes to each GELO. Awareness of the GELO Program outcomes, and their relation to the college mission, needs to be emphasized across the campus using a variety of student centered competitions. Finally, the Office of Grants and Institutional Research at Merced College will need to explore the data format for future cohorts of students being assessed in the GELO courses.

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