Eastern Idaho Technical College
In a recent survey of faculty on the sections of this standard, several mentioned that they
review the learning outcomes on the first day of class and then measure students’ grasp of the
learning outcomes throughout the semester through a variety of assignments, metrics, exams,
projects, simulations, and supervised work experience. At the end of the semester, some
students are asked to self-assess their progress in meeting the intended learning outcomes for
the course. Students’ honesty in responding to these surveys is remarkable and very useful in
determining course effectiveness and achievement of learning outcomes. See Appendix 2.C for
one example of a student self-assessment instrument .
2.C.3 Awarding of Credit and Degrees
Credit and degrees, wherever offered and however delivered
are based on documented
student achievement. They are awarded based upon the grading guidelines set forth by the
college and assessment of learning outcomes and assignments for each course. Transfer
coursework is transcripted based on equivalency and reviewed by program managers and the
general education division manager (if the course is for general education credit). Faculty
award grades based upon learning outcomes, student performance, and industry standards.
Standards for grading are listed on p. nine of the catalog
Instructors, all of whom use the Blackboard Course Management System, record grades for
required assignments in a timely manner, so students always know how they are doing.
Each program’s curriculum and learning outcomes are consistent with industry expectations
and standards and are vetted by the programs’ advisory committees. After graduation, surveys
are sent to alumni employers to measure their performance on the job. This is also an added
opportunity for faculty to examine course outcomes to ensure they are meeting industry
standards. Programs also have industry certification tests or technical skills assessments that
students take prior to graduation to ensure the knowledge they have gained is relevant to the
profession they are entering. For example, students in the Medical Assisting Program take an
exam administered by the American Association of Medical Assistants (AAMA). In 2011 and
2012 all graduating students sat for the exam, and they had a pass rate of 100% for both years.
In addition, the Practical Nursing Program (LPN) students and the Registered Nursing (RN)
Program students take a nationally certified exam which is administered by the National
Council Licensure Exam (NCLEX), and these programs have had a 100% pass rate for the past
three years, a statistic that is far above the national average.
Students in the Professional Truck Driver Program achieve a Class A CDL with HazMat Tanker
and Double and Triple Endorsement upon completion of the program. Both requirements are
necessary to work nationally in the transportation industry.
Industry certification is noted on
the catalog page for each program if it is required or recommended.
Many programs also include internships, also referred to as practicums, supervised work
experience, or externships. Industry qualification tests and internships are required only for
AAS programs, not certificates. Table 8 below outlines the AAS programs with certification
exams and internships.