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Assessment for Student Learning

Western Dakota Technical College views assessment as a continuous improvement model that demonstrates the complementary activities of teaching, learning, and assessment.  Assessment is not a single event, but an evolutionary process that faculty and staff plan, conduct, analyze, and follow-up on.

Institutional Learning Outcomes

Western Dakota Technical College has identified four outcomes that all graduates of the college shall possess and refer to these learning outcomes as Institutional Learning Outcomes (ILO).  ILO’s are on a four-year assessment rotation to ensure a comprehensive evaluation of the outcomes.

Institutional Learning Outcomes

ILO Assessment Rotation

Program Learning Outcomes

All programs at Western Dakota Technical College have Program Learning Outcomes (PLO) that identify the outcomes graduates from each program shall possess.  The Program Learning Outcomes are linked to the Institutional Learning Outcomes to ensure that learning taking place in programs aligns with Institutional Learning Outcomes.


Course Learning Outcomes

Every course at Western Dakota Technical College has Course Learning Outcomes (CLO) that identify the outcomes students shall possess by completing the coursework.  The Course Learning Outcomes are linked to the Program Learning Outcomes through course mapping to ensure that learning taking place in the course aligns with Program Learning Outcomes.

Program Competencies

Program Competencies are derived from a program's national or accreditation standards and/or industry skills standards.  Program Competencies are linked to courses and are part of the Program Course Map.

Assessment Process

The assessment process at Western Dakota Technical College is structured around the academic calendar with planning occurring at the beginning of each semester, and check points built into the second through fourth weeks of the semester to provide feedback. Information and data gained from assessment is incorporated into each program’s unit planning and program review.

WDTC Annual Assessment Process

Assessment Coordinators Speaking Engagements

Speaking Experience

Event

Date

Location

Gen Ed Speed Dating, What is that?

Texas Association of Higher Education and Assessment

Fall 2021

San Antonio, Tx

Creating Sustainable Assessment Through Sustainable Processes and Professional Development CATYC Fall 2021 Kansas City, MO
HLC Assessment Academy Poster Fair HLC Annual Conference Spring 2021 Virtual
Creating Sustainable Assessment Through Sustainable Processes and Professional Development HLC Annual Conference Spring 2021 Virtual
Creating Sustainable Assessment Through Sustainable Processes Texas Association of Higher Education and Assessment Fall 2019 San Antonio, TX
Creating Sustainable Assessment Through Foundations and Processes Community College Conference on Learning Assessment (Valencia College) Spring 2019 Orlando, FL
Tamara Dewes


Assessment Coordinator and Instructor - General Education

(605) 718-2984
Tamara.Dewes@wdt.edu
Admin - D225B

Justin Jutting


Assessment Coordinator and Program Director - Electrical Trades Autonomous Equipment Technician

(605) 718-4703
Justin.Jutting@wdt.edu
Admin - D225A

Tiffany Howe


Vice President for Teaching and Learning

(605) 718-2905
Tiffany.Howe@wdt.edu
Admin - D220


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