Assessment is key to understanding and improving the College's effectiveness in all areas. Institutional effectiveness is the process of gathering and analyzing data to make informed decisions that ensure ACC is meeting its intended outcomes. The Academic Outcomes Assessment unit and others within the office of Institutional Planning, Development, and Evaluation facilitate this process.
Assessment at ACC takes place at all levels of the institution. In the area of instruction, Program-level Student Learning Outcomes (PSLOs), General Education Competencies, and Course-level Learning Outcomes are assessed, with the assessment plans, results, and ensuing action strategies for general education and PSLOs described in the TracDat database. This information also guides the departments’ planning of longer-term goals. All of a discipline’s PSLOs should be assessed within a three year period.
The assessment process aligns with the Institution’s mission statement and strategic plan.