Assessment of Student Learning


DACC’s Philosophy of Learning Outcomes Assessment

Assessing learning outcomes at DACC means articulating what students need to learn and then making sure they learn it.  This requires intentional and systematic assessment of student learning founded on the following actions:

  1. establish and communicate learning outcomes to students;
  2. provide opportunities for students to achieve the desired learning;
  3. use clearly defined processes and thoughtful tools to measure student learning;
  4. analyze evidence to determine if students have achieved desired learning; and
  5. use results to inform next steps to improve student learning.


Learning Outcomes Assessment and Institutional Goals

Learning outcomes assessment supports DACC’s Strategic Plan by facilitating student completion. DACC is committed to improving teaching in order to increase learning. By assessing student learning, the college can better identify connections between student learning and persistence, retention, and ultimately completion of a credential – certificate, associate’s degree, or transfer to a four-year institution. The college also recognizes that smaller successes can also be measured: students may enroll for only a class or two for personal improvement, to acquire a specific skill, or to meet the needs of an employer.


Persons Responsible for Assessment of Student Learning

Learning outcomes assessment is the job of many individuals who sometimes work collectively while at other times work individually. For example, faculty in a program work collectively to establish assessment plans and conduct assessment projects based on research questions. Individual faculty members conduct assessments at the classroom-level, often on projects designed to help them improve specific aspects of their own teaching. Ultimately, however, reporting assessments falls to individuals in the following ways:

  • Individual faculty are responsible for reporting on classroom assessment in their annual evaluations notebooks
  • Department Chairs/Program Directors are responsible for reporting on program assessment annually
  • The Faculty Council Assessment Committee is responsible for reporting on college-wide assessments
  • The Associate Vice President for Academic Affairs is responsible for curating all academic assessment reports to ensure that learning outcomes assessment is being conducted at all levels.


For more information about Assessment at DACC, please contact Dr. Jennifer Hodges, Associate Vice President for Institutional Effectiveness, at  or 575-527-7734.