Assessment at Mid
Assessment at Mid: Mid has had a robust and evolving assessment program for over two decades. The college assesses student outcomes at the classroom, course and program level.
- At the classroom level, our faculty work to provide a learning environment that engages and works for all of our students.
- At the course level, assessment is concerned with standardizing the learning outcomes and assessment activities across every section of the course.
- At the program or degree level, assessment is concerned with the range of intellectual skills as well as the broad, specific, and applied knowledge to help the student be successful not just in their first job but in any new job or educational program they engage after graduation.
Our goal is to ensure that regardless of which delivery system the student uses to access Mid, the outcomes of the course and the standards for assessment are the same. Mid's faculty work in course, program, and college-wide cohorts to make sure that student learning is the primary focus of course work at the college.
Degree Qualification Profile (DQP)
Degree Qualification Profile (DQP): In the last few years, the college has moved to an assessment model based on the Degree Qualification Profile or DQP. The DQP emphasizes assessment that is based on student work and not just tests. It also emphasizes the knowledge and skills a student acquires over the course of a degree or program instead of just looking at assessing individual courses. We believe that a degree is more than a bundle of credit hours, and that students should leave Mid with broad and transferable skills as well as the specific and applied knowledge of their program. We assess student generated artifacts in the following areas:
- Intellectual Skills: Our General Education Program is dedicated to developing students with a range of intellectual skills necessary to succeed and adapt to multiple work and educational environments. (see the General Education page for more detail)
- Broad and Integrative Knowledge: Mid graduates will learn about the cultural and historical context of their work and studies and have the ability to write, research, problem solve, use quantitative reasoning, frame ethical issues and work collaboratively.
- Specialized Knowledge: Graduates from our Health and Occupational areas will have mastered the content of their programs and leave ready to take the next step in their careers. Transfer students will leave with a strong base in their chosen field.
- Applied and Collaborative Knowledge: Mid students have a variety of ways to directly apply their knowledge through internships, clinicals and laboratory environments. Mid’s General Education Program has several options emphasizing collaborative learning.
- Civic and Global Learning: Mid gives students an opportunity to engage in their local community and we prepare students for the global contexts they will find when they join the workforce or continue their education.
For more information on the DQP and the role of the Lumina Foundation visit: www.DegreeProfile.org