Assessment

 

Institutional Outcomes: Institutional outcomes include the knowledge, skills, and aptitudes students acquire as a result of their experience at FSCC. Institutional outcomes represent a broad range of competence which applies to students in every program. This includes certificates, transfer, or degree programs, and are a reflection of FSCC’s mission and core values. These outcomes extend to co-curricular and non-curricular experiences as well. FSCC has identified three institutional outcomes:

 

  • Personal Responsibility: Fostering personal integrity and professional growth.
  • Social Responsibility: Prepare students for civic and community engagement, including social and cultural awareness, inclusion, and citizenship for the betterment of the community.
  • Academic Success: Be in good standing by meeting institutional expectations and making academic progress towards earning their credentials.

 

General Education: Through general education curriculum, students gain understanding of various concepts and practices that serve as a foundation for continuous learning and achievement of personal goals. The General Education curriculum provides students competency in academic skills by integrating a range of courses from multiple disciplines. All associate degrees at FSCC require general education curriculum, and general education assessment is integrated into degree assessment. FSCC has outlined four general education outcomes based on the skills students are expected to demonstrate upon completion of general education curriculum. 

 

  • Mathematical: Students will employ scientific and mathematical principles within the program disciplines.
  • Communication (oral and written): Students will demonstrate effective written and oral communication.
  • Technology Skills: Students will demonstrate effective use of technology.
  • Critical Thinking: Students will apply critical thinking skills to evaluate possible resolutions to a given scenario.

 

ETS Proficiency Profile Results-

 

Co-Curricular

Co-curricular experience is learning outside of the curriculum. FSCC students have the opportunity to participate in a variety of co-curricular activities that are offered by both academic and non-academic departments on campus. Co-curricular programs are guided by three overarching objectives: Academic Support, Campus & Community Engagement, and Personal Growth & Leadership. Each co-curricular program is working on developing student-oriented outcomes that would help achieve these objectives. Some of the co-curricular programs directly assist students with their academic work, while others give them a chance to learn valuable life skills. Under these programs, not every event is evaluated; instead, the emphasis is on those that reflect the mission of the college and are aligned with institutional outcomes.  

 

Objectives:

  • Academic Support
  • Campus & Community Engagement
  • Personal Growth and Leadership

 

List of Programs:

  • Phi Theta Kappa Honor Society
  • Library 
  • Advising 
  • Student Nursing Organization (SNO) 
  • TRIO 
  • Student Success Center 
  • Skills USA 

 

Co-Curricular Assessment:

In the spring of 2021, various members of the Open Pathways committee attended the HLC session titled Co-Curricular Assessment: Perspective, Insight, and Advice. As a result, a Co-Curricular subcommittee was created to initiate a plan that would focus on improving the overall quality of student experiences through participation in co-curricular activities. The membership of the committee consists of Director of Library Services and PTK advisor, Division chair for Agriculture and Meats Judging Coach, Associate Dean of Instruction & Institutional Effectiveness, and Vice President of Academic Affairs. After viewing the session, the subcommittee refined the definition of co-curricular. The current definition of co-curricular is:

“The FSCC co-curricular experience is learning that supports the academic curriculum.  The experience includes but is not limited to involvement in activities, programs, and/or engagement in service learning through mutually supportive relationships of the college and community.”

 

Co-curricular activities of each identified program have been mapped to the co-curricular goals. Sponsors of these activities (faculty/staff) conduct assessment of student learning in their targeted activities through both direct and indirect methods. Sponsors complete the co-curricular activity form for each event describing the students’ involvement and send it to the committee at the end of the year. The report includes logistics, satisfaction survey, summary, and planning for improvement to the event. 

Co-Curricular Mapping:

 

Objectives

Programs/Activities

 

Academic Support

Campus & Community Engagement

Personal Growth & Leadership

TRIO

X

 

X

Student Success Center

X

 

 

Library

X

X

 

PTK

 

X

X

Advising

X

 

 

SNO

 

X

X

Skills USA

 

X

 

 

 

2021-22 Results:

  • Academic Support 
  • Campus & Community Engagement 
  • Personal Growth and Leadership
  • Academic Support

 

Library

One shot Instruction: Every semester, the Director of Library Services is invited to present in multiple sections of College Orientation, English 101, 102, and speech classes. In the one-shot presentation, students are instructed on academic integrity, how to research, and how to locate resources in the library and within licensed databases at the Kansas State Library. Students in attendance are required to participate, but no grade is given.

 

Action Plan: This activity is very beneficial to students; therefore, we will continue to do it. However, the assessment of this activity has only been completed via formative observation. A more precise assessment tool will be developed and utilized within these one-shot lessons.

 

Student Success Center and TRIO

Tutoring: The TRIO Student Support Services Program and the Student Success Center work closely together to provide academic tutoring services for all the FSCC students.

Monday through Friday, 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., professional and student peer tutors are available for face-to-face or virtual sessions. We provide tutoring in a variety of areas, including College Algebra, English 101, History 101, Computer Science 101, and many others. The professional tutors specialize in General Biology, Math and help with other areas including proof reading and editing papers. Tutors advise students on how to prepare and study for tests in many subject areas. Our peer tutors are available to help students as needed throughout the semester. They work one-on-one or in groups with students. A total of 263 students took advantage of the free tutoring program in fall 2021 and spring 2022. Between the two professional tutors and five student peer tutors, the total number of hours tutored were 755.23 for 2021-22 academic year.

 

Action Plan: Continue offering free tutoring services to the students and encourage more students to take advantage of the program.

 

TRIO

Financial Aid Workshop: TRIO offered a financial aid workshop for its students where they were able to meet the Director and Assistant Director of Financial Aid office. The students were presented information regarding loans, grants, and scholarships. They shared how to apply for FASFA, and included presentation on smart money/loan management. A survey was utilized after the event where 70.5% of the students agreed that the event was meaningful and 82.3% would recommend the event to other students.

 

Action Plan: TRIO will continue to assess the needs of the students and will offer similar workshops.

 

Campus & Community Engagement 

 

PTK and Library 

Common Read Project: FSCC library partnered with Phi Theta Kappa chapter (main campus) to host and deliver a campus and community event. Students, faculty, and community members were invited to join in a common book reading of two books. This activity was partially funded by Phi Theta Kappa and a Humanities Kansas Grant. The themes for the common read included: Culture & Diversity and Expressions of Truth. The books read were A Choice of Weapons by Gordon Parks and The Other Wes Moore by Wes Moore. There was a total of 15 participants including students, community members, and FSCC employees. Participants met weekly for a total of 7 weeks to discuss the previous week’s reading. A guest speaker followed the completion of each read.

 

Action Plan: Continue the common read program incorporating topics such as social justice issues, diversity, and topics of awareness.  

 

Student Nursing Organization

The 15th Annual Care to Share Fall Festival: Hollie Souza, Student Nursing Organization sponsor reached out to Lavetta Simmons Care to Share organization to see if they needed help with their annual fall festival event. Care to Share is a local nonprofit organization that helps cancer patients and their families. SNO was able to actively engage in the event by setting up for the event, running games, rides and the pumpkin patch. With SNO’s support, Care to Share was able to raise more than $10,000 for local cancer patients in 6 hours.

 

Greyhound Pantry: SNO contributed to the Greyhound Pantry by purchasing $300 in supplies. Greyhound Pantry is the college’s food and clothing pantry run by President’s Ambassadors. The SNO officers were tasked with purchasing nutritious snacks and personal hygiene items. The nursing students were especially excited about this project because they were able to provide necessary items to their fellow students.

 

Kids Fair: SNO partnered with Community Relations Committee to offer a free Kids Fair for the children in our community. SNO purchased 100 teddy bears to give to children who did not have one. Students enjoyed roleplaying scenarios, including how to care for your teddy and how to dress a wound. Nursing students practiced their professional, leadership, and clinical skills such as head-to-toe assessment and pediatric care.

 

Action Plan: SNO will continue to help with this event in the future and find more events where the students will have the opportunity to be involved in the community. SNO members will seek similar events by contacting the Fort Scott Chamber, local organizations, and community members.

 

Skills USA

Dream Big Little Ones: 18 FSCC carpentry students participated in building bunk beds for a non-profit organization, Dream Big Little Ones to provide beds for families in need. Director of CTEC reached out to Dream Big Little Ones after finding out that the cost of bunk beds was a hardship for the organization. The students built 12 bunk beds and painted them. The materials were provided through private donations. Director of Dream Big Little Ones was grateful and very complimentary of our students’ willingness to give back to the community.

 

Action Plan: Director of CTEC will reach out to other organizations so that students have an opportunity to enhance their skills while giving back to the community.

 

Personal Growth and Leadership 

 

TRIO

Decisions Workshop/Cool Speak: TRIO celebrated First Generation Day by hosting a Good Decision workshop for students. Juan Cangas from CooLSpeak was invited to the campus to give a presentation on his life, decisions he made, and how he was able to turn his life around despite some of those decisions.  He challenged our students and encouraged them to find their own motivation to succeed and make positive choices in their lives. He was a first-generation student. He spoke to 210 students and 26 faculty and staff the benefits of going and staying in school. The students interacted well with Juan during his presentation and few students spoke with him after the presentation about their lives. A survey was utilized at the end of the presentation and the results were encouraging: 56 students participated in the survey, 89% of the students rated his performance either 9 or 10, and will recommend Juan to others.

 

Action Plan: TRIO will continue to provide more opportunities for students to be engaged in school.

 

Co-Curricular Plan: (To be Completed by Summer 2024)

  • Define co-curricular objectives.
  • Assist programs in developing measurable student learning outcomes.
  • Map co-curricular objectives to institutional learning outcomes.
  • Support co-curricular programs in collecting data and reporting results.
  • Identify other programs that can be part of the co-curricular practices.

 

Phi Theta Kappa Student Learning Outcomes

  1. Phi Theta Kappa students will achieve personal and professional goals related to academic achievement.
  2. Phi Theta Kappa members will demonstrate leadership qualities by meeting the 5-Star Chapter plan requirements.
  3. Phi Theta Kappa members will engage in community service.
  4. Phi Theta Kappa members will engage in lively fellowship for scholars and stimulation of interest in continuing academic excellence while facilitating positive change.

 

Library Student Learning Outcomes

  1. FSCC students will demonstrate knowledge and understanding of academic integrity after receiving academic integrity support and education.
  2. FSCC Students will be able to identify, access, interpret, and use information effectively for academic success, research, and lifelong learning.
  3. FSCC students will be able to access collections aligned with areas of research, curricular foci, or institutional strengths.
  4. FSCC students, faculty, and community will be able to discover information in all formats through effective use of technology and organization of knowledge.

 

Advising Student Learning Outcomes

  1. Students will demonstrate understanding of college policies and academic standards in order to graduate or transfer in a timely manner.
  2. Students will demonstrate knowledge of campus resources, programs, and support services that promote academic success and retention.
  3. Students will show understanding of both short and long term academic and career goals.
  4. Students will demonstrate an understanding of how to maintain and preserve their financial aid assistance.

 

Student Nursing Organization Student Learning Outcomes

  1. Students will engage in campus and community activities.
  2. Students will raise awareness/funds for SNO and nursing program.
  3. Students will seek benefit and needed support by being part of the SNO program.

 

Program Level Outcomes

To view the program outcomes, please click on a department below.

Agriculture

  • Agriculture
  • John Deere Technology

Business

  • Accounting
  • Administration
  • Business
  • Computer
  • Economics

Communication & Humanities

  • Art
  • English
  • Foreign Language
  • History
  • Literature
  • Music
  • Philosophy
  • Religion
  • Speech
  • Theatre

Construction Trades

  • Construction
  • HVAC
  • Masonry
  • Welding

Cosmetology

  • Cosmetology
  • Manicuring

Criminal Justice

Education

  • Elementary
  • Physical Education
  • Secondary

Harley-Davidson Motorcycle Technology

Math​ematics

Nursing & Allied Health

  • Allied Health
    • EMT 
    • Health Aides
  • Nursing
    • Nursing
    • Nutrition

Social & Behavioral Science

  • Geography
  • Political Science
  • Psychology
  • Sociology​

Science

  • Biology
  • Chemistry
  • Engineering
  • Physical Science