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  • 1. Nothing So Near Can Take You So Far

2. Collaborative Assessment: Getting Help at All Levels
Elizabeth NesiusWriting Center CoordinatorPassaic County Community College
3. This presentation will focus on the Passaic County Community College Writing Initiatives use of collaboration in the area of assessment of these courses. PCCC applies the technologies used in the classes to the process of assessment, which allows for input from all levels at the college: student, instructor, administrative, and the college as a whole through the Institutional Research Department.
4. Writing Initiative
Title V Grant: $2.5 million over 5 years
Develop 20 Distinct, Writing Intensive Courses (with multiple sections, across 3 campuses)
Support students and faculty with an on-ground writing center and online tutoring
Develop and provide online resources for technology and writing
Students required to take 2 WI courses (1 if getting AAS degree)
5. Writing Intensive Courses
Spring 2010Additional Courses
Current WI Courses
Critical Thinking
Cultural Anthropology
Introduction to Literature
Introduction to Psychology
Introduction to Philosophy
Introduction to Political Science
Western Civilization I
Western Civilization II
Art Appreciation
Computer Concepts and Applications
U.S. History II
Music Appreciation
Environmental Science
Additional Sections of Certain Original Courses
6. Assessment
Grant calls for improvement in student writing as they move through the program
Student writing assessed by Initiative administrators at various points in program
At the beginning of the first WI course
At the end of each WI course
As they get close to graduation (via College Writing Exam)
7. Assessment Input: A Little of Everything
Assignments and grades from instructors
Feedback and reports from tutors
Usage and student needs from Writing Center
Writing and reflections from students
Test scores and surveys from Institutional Research
8. Instructor Input: LibGuides
9. 10. Tutor Input: WC Online
11. Writing Center Input: WC Online
12. Student Input: eFolio
13. 14. Institutional Research: Reports
15. Initiative Assessment
Initiative Administrators assess 3 areas
Critical Thinking
Information Literacy
Rubric for each
Combine/compare with others assessments for final analysis and report
16. Findings
Early in program: of the way through
Early results show that student writing is improving
Student consciousness of writing and writing process is improved
Students are very satisfied with and make use of services
17. Thank You!
Elizabeth Nesius
Passaic County Community College
Writing Center Coordinator
18. LibGuides
Writing Initiative:
Writing Center:
Some Course Guides
19. Links to eFolios
Political Science
Critical Thinking
20. Helpful Links
WC Online: