Quality Collaboratives (QC) Case Study: Leveraging Campus Efforts That Are Already Underway
QC Dyad: Mount Wachusett Community College (MWCC) & Fitchburg State University (FSU)
Contact: Christopher Cratsley, director of assessment (FSU); Ruth Slotnick, director of assessment (Bridgewater State University, previously MWCC); Michelle Paranto, assistant dean of curriculum and instruction (MWCC)
Mount Wachusett Community College (MWCC) and Fitchburg State University partnered on a three-year Quality Collaboratives (QC) dyad project that focused on engaging faculty and staff in defining shared learning outcomes, developing common rubrics, and providing tools for faculty to create appropriate assignments to support and assess these learning outcomes. This change effort has been successful and sustainable because it embedded the work in existing efforts at each institution and was supported at the state system level by the Massachusetts Vision Project (http://www.mass.edu/visionproject/home.asp). The leadership for our “Assessment and Curriculum Scholars” was supported through a constructive framework of professional development workshops and institutes as well as the flexible adaptation of nationally-recognized standards and rubrics, including the Degree Qualifications Profile (DQP: http://degreeprofile.org/).
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