Effingham, IL-(Radio Effingham)- February is the month to celebrate appraisal at Lake Land College. Students and staff are encouraged to participate in this year’s activities to learn more about the importance of assessment.
According to Lisa Madlem, director of assessment and program review at the college, the assessment process at Lake Land is critical to helping students and staff make informed decisions that ultimately improve the teaching and learning process.
“Assessment sounds simple enough, but in reality it is a complex process that systematically measures student performance to improve the quality of educational programs, courses and the institution as a whole,” Madlem said. “Essentially, assessment is what students need to know, appreciate, or be able to do upon completion of a course, program, or interaction with a department.”
Lake Land College uses institution-wide measures and program- and course-specific measures to assess student achievement. Learning outcomes have been established for each of the associate degree and certificate programs, as well as for all courses and departments of the College.
During Assessment Week February 7-11, Madlem will offer online activities for students, faculty, and staff. Additionally, a student quiz will be available for a chance to win a $100 Walmart gift card or a $200 Amazon gift card for the grand prize.
“Overall, the college actively evaluates courses, programs and institutional departments,” Madlem said. “Each component of the assessment is intended to assess the student experience and we continually learn from the assessment process to make the changes and action plans necessary to ensure that every student at Lake Land College enjoys a continuous learning environment.”
The assessment is an important step in the development of Lake Land College’s programs to better respond to its students and their growing skills to prepare them to enter the workforce or transfer to a four-year college.
Lake Land College District 517, located in Mattoon, Illinois, serves the second largest community college district in the state, with a total population of 189,869. The Lake Land College District comprises all or part of 15 counties and 31 public school districts in rural east central Illinois. Counties served by Lake Land College include: Christian, Clark, Clay, Coles, Crawford, Cumberland, Douglas, Edgar, Effingham, Fayette, Jasper, Macon, Montgomery, Moultrie and Shelby.