In fall 2014, the Community College of Rhode Island participated in a pilot project titled Multi-State Collaborative Project to Advance Learning Outcomes Assessment (MSC), which is a partnership among the State Higher Education Executive Officers Association, the Association of American Colleges and Universities and nine states. The project focuses on three general education outcomes identified as common and essential for all disciplines: quantitative literacy, written communication and critical thinking.
Twenty-one CCRI faculty members submitted writing samples while faculty from the other eight participating states blindly analyzed them. Recently, results were shared with the General Education Committee, the Department Chairs’ Council, and departments and faculty members that participated in the pilot.
Data was presented at the September 2016 Department Chairs’ meeting and it was found that two areas required further development, one within written communication: Sources and Evidence, and one within Quantitative Literacy: Assumptions. A motion was approved to adopt Sources and Evidence as an academic quality improvement indicator for this academic year.
Our Sources and Evidence kickoff campaign began on Oct. 28 when the college welcomed Bonnie Orcutt, professor of economics at Worcester State University, to present a workshop titled “Sources and Evidence: Improving our Students’ Writing.”
This year, each academic department will be working to evaluate and improve upon the writing abilities of our students in the areas of sources and evidence. Specific writing assignments will track information related to the proper use of sources that writers use to develop, define or shape their ideas. Faculty will work with students to support their ideas using evidence that is high quality, credible, and relevant. Proper citation will also be considered.
Be on the lookout for our campaign on sources and evidence on each of CCRI’s four main campuses!