The office of Institutional Research, Assessment, and Accreditation strives to conduct meaningful assessment tied to key student indicators. Data captured from such assessments facilitates evidence-based decisions, faculty and staff input, and the development of a culture of assessment at TMCC; such practices contribute to “continuous improvement of student learning” and increased engagement and success for all campus units. Below are a few artifacts of assessment at TMCC.
Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System (IPEDS)
As a college that participates in federal student financial aid programs, TMCC submits information on enrollments, program completions, graduation rates, faculty and staff, finances, institutional prices, and student financial aid. Though this data is reported to IPEDS as a form of compliance, TMCC also uses this data to understand long-term institutional trends on the basic data points tracked. In understanding such trends, TMCC can understand its trajectory for success and its comparison to other institutions. Learn more about IPEDS.
Survey of Entering Student Engagement (SENSE)
This survey captures student impressions on key indicators of engagement for first-year students during the first several weeks of the fall semester. Data captured from this survey allows TMCC to better understand and improve first-year experiences to reduce barriers for students as they begin to grow within the institution. Learn more about SENSE.
Institutional Capacity Assessment Tool (ICAT)
The ICAT is a survey delivered to all TMCC staff and faculty to assess seven key “capacity” areas of successful institutional practice. This broad survey tool allows for critical inquiry into the following seven areas: Leadership and Vision, Data & Technology, Equity, Teaching & Learning, Engagement and Communication, Strategy & Planning, and Policies & Practices. Through assessing these areas TMCC is able to hone institutional-level practices to assure that students receive systemic support across units and campus divisions. Learn more about ICAT.
Ruffalo Noel Levitz Student Satisfaction Inventory
This survey is administered to all students on campus on a voluntary basis, and collects information that supports understanding of key indicators of student engagement and satisfaction with multiple areas of the college experience. By comparing our own data to others that take this survey nationally, TMCC is equipped to highlight opportunities for development as well as to celebrate areas of success for all students. Learn more about the RNL SSI.
Community College Survey of Student Engagement (CCSSE) and the Community College Faculty Survey of Student Engagement (CCFSSE)
Administered in spring semester of calendar year 2018, the CCSSE collects feedback from students about numerous dynamics of engagement throughout their academic journeys. This survey was administered in collaboration with many other participating tribal colleges, which allows for context and understanding between and amongst this unique institution type. Furthermore, this nationally used survey is commonly distributed to thousands of other institutions in the nation, allowing for an additional point of comparison to better understand areas of high engagement and areas in need of focus a TMCC.
A unique dynamic of this survey is that faculty have the opportunity to take the CCFSSE in the same semester as students, providing yet another comparison point between student experiences and faculty perspectives. Identifying these differences can help to bridge the gap between institutional services and student needs.