Quality Collaboratives (QC) Case Study: Learning from the Commensurability Hypothesis
QC Dyad: J. Sargeant Reynolds Community College (JSRCC) & Virginia Commonwealth University (VCU)
Contact: Scott Oates, director of assessment and institutional effectiveness (VCU)
The QC project provided an opportunity for our separate campuses to advance fledgling work on projects that sought to bring together faculty development, assessment, and curricular alignment. At Virginia Commonwealth University (VCU), we were attempting to move forward pilot projects for course-embedded assessment in our general education program; at J. Sargeant Reynolds Community College (JSRCC), the assessment coordinator was engaging faculty and administrators about a project institute focusing on course, assignment, and pedagogical alignment. The grant resources from QC would help move these projects along. In addition, the QC project was timely given that VCU’s provost had charged academic deans to “grow” the transfer student pipelines. Similarly, the community colleges under the aegis of the Virginia Community College System (VCCS) were expected to improve evidence of the success rates of students who transferred to baccalaureate degree programs.
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