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following year
.
Technical Skills Assessments (TSAs), required by PTE, help instructors to know if
students are meeting those learning outcomes. TSAs measure and document the technical
knowledge and skills developed by the student during the program of study. The State Division
of Professional-Technical Education has developed a state approved list of TSA’s for most
programs of study
(
).
One example of how TSAs are used to drive program improvement can be seen in the legal
technologies program. Several years ago they faced a federal mandate to implement a national
technical skills assessment (TSA). Performance on the TSAs identify areas of weakness,
compare EITC students with similar students across the country, and ultimately seek to ensure
consistency in assessing the skills necessary for this field of study. Because the instructor
noticed a deficit in students’ mastery of grammar in the prior year’s TSA, she initiated, in
collaboration with the General Education division, targeted instruction to her students in the
grammar portion of the assessment. Results showed that this instruction resulted in a 100%
pass rate on the grammar portion of ALS Certification exam.
Faculty play an active role in the selection of new faculty. Hiring committees are routinely
comprised of faculty and other stakeholders. The VP for Instruction and Student Affairs
appoints the committee chair, who recruits the rest of the committee. Applicants submit
paperwork through the Human Resources (HR) office where personnel electronically submit the
packets to each member of the committee. Hiring of new faculty is a fairly rigorous process.
Interviewing is often a two-step process, with a phone interview narrowing the field for the top
three or four candidates, and then a final interview where
candidates are asked to prepare a
15-20 minute lesson to present to the interview committee. Candidates are ranked according
to specific criteria developed by the hiring committee, and references are checked before an
offer is made. The committee makes
its
recommendation for hiring, but the final decision is
made by the president.
2.C.6 Faculty and Library Resources
EITC faculty members vary in their use of library and information resources. In fall semester
2012, the Instructional Advisory Council (IAC), in conjunction with the librarian, developed a
Library Needs Assessment form (Appendix 2.C.) for faculty to fill out on a semester-by-semester
basis. This form provides a way for faculty to order materials relevant to their curriculum. In
courses that involve research, many students are instructed on the use of library databases
(Ebsco) either by the librarian or their instructor. Some instructors will require that students
visit the library and either write a report on their findings or complete some other activity that
introduces them to the resources available to them. Appendix 2.C. provides one example of
this. In addition to books, media, and periodicals, the library also has 36 networked computers,
which are available to students, faculty, and the community (w/ guest pass).
Information Resources personnel assist instruction at every level, from maintaining computer
equipment and instructional technology to trouble-shooting problems through an automated
help desk function that is available to all college personnel. At the beginning of each semester,
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