2013-14 Unit Plan
Assessment

Mission Statement

The Assessment Center works diligently to ensure students receive quality information and assessment and placement services in a setting that is friendly and non-judgmental.  The Assessment Center is responsible for establishing student basic skill placement levels in reading, English, math and English as a Second Language (ESL) through the administration of assessments, evaluation of transcripts, test scores and degrees from other institutions.  Testing accommodations are provided for students with disabilities and non-native speakers, including an English as a Second Language assessment for placement into ESL courses.  Prerequisites for Reading, English, Math, Biology, Chemistry and Physics courses are communicated to students and staff and electronically enforced through the evaluation of transcripts from other colleges.  Computerized placement files are maintained and linked to registration within Colleague.  An interpretation of placement levels and course eligibilities are provided to students as part of the College’s pre-enrollment activities.  Statistical research data is generated and disseminated to instructional and Student Services staff for the purpose of monitoring the effectiveness of the College programs and curriculum planning.  The Center adheres to the NCTA Professional Standards Guidelines and has achieved National College Testing Association’s (NCTA) Test Center Certification.

Program Description

The Center administers over 4,500 placement tests per year at on and off campus (Chico and Glenn County Centers) sites.  Expansion of the Reg2Go Program which involves administering the BSA on site for the participating high schools (currently 33 high schools), providing test accommodations for an increased number of students with special needs (e.g., students with disabilities, ESL students, and international students).  

The Center workload has been expanded by the quantity of transcripts and test scores necessitating an evaluation by the Assessment Center (4,000 evaluations annually) due to a measurable increase in the number of students who are coming to Butte College from out of the area.  Additionally, an evaluation of the chemistry and biology requirements for a selection of Biology and Chemistry courses are being conducted by the Assessment Office (started in April 2010) with other instructional departments seeking a comparable service.  

Future Development Strategy

Strategy 1



Initiatives
  • Focusing on student success
  • Valuing a culture of learning

  • Supporting Rationale


    Supporting Rationale Alignment
  • Supports Previous Program Review Recommendations
  • Maintaining core programs and services
  • Increasing student success
  • Strategy 2



    Initiatives
  • Focusing on student success
  • Valuing a culture of learning

  • Supporting Rationale


    Supporting Rationale Alignment
  • Increasing student success
  • Establishing new initiatives that support the Strategic Direction
  • Strategy 3



    Initiatives
  • Valuing a culture of learning

  • Supporting Rationale


    Supporting Rationale Alignment
  • Supports Changes from Student Learning Outcomes Assessment
  • Maintaining core programs and services
  • Increasing student success
  • Strategy 4



    Initiatives
  • Focusing on student success

  • Supporting Rationale


    Supporting Rationale Alignment
  • Maintaining core programs and services
  • Strategy 5



    Initiatives
  • Focusing on student success

  • Supporting Rationale


    Supporting Rationale Alignment
  • Establishing new initiatives that support the Strategic Direction
  • Required Resources

    One-time Requirements

    1. Installation of security surveillance camera and monitoring software: $800
    2. Installation of 6-9 lockers for test candidates personal items: $500
    3. Front counter check-in partition: $500

    On-Going Requirements

    1. 3 Federal Work Study (FWS) students to provide customer service and test proctor support: $17,280.
    2. Seasonal student assistant employees during January, July, August: $9,000.
    3. Convert the 50% Special Programs Clerk position to Full-Time (100%) position: $33,240.
    4. Convert the 60% Special Programs Clerk position to Full-Time (100%) position: $24,720.
    5. Staff Development Conferences - NCTA and ACT National Conferences: $3,000.
    6. Computerized COMPASS test units: $25,000.
    7. Operating expenses for office materials, supplies, scanner maintenance, copying, etc.: $3,000.

     

    Current Revenue Stream

    $326,251 - District

    $85,311 - Categorical (Matriculation): Becky Kenshol (Assessment Technician)

    Augmentation Requests

    Original Priority Funded Program, Unit, Area Resource Type Description Account Number Object Code One-Time Augment Ongoing Augment Supporting Rationale
    1 Yes Assessment Operating Expenses COMPASS Test Units 11-000-709-1-632001 54511 $0.00 $25,000.00 Costs for the use of 2nd part test instrument is based on the number of units administered in one year.
    2 Yes Assessment Personnel 3 Federal Work Study students 12-170-700-1-645000 52368 $0.00 $17,280.00 To provide customer service and test proctoring support during the fall and spring semesters.
    3 Yes Assessment Personnel Seasonal student assistant support 11-000-709-1-632001 52468 $0.00 $9,000.00 To provide customer service and test proctoring support during January, June, July and August when FWS funds are not available.
    4 Yes Assessment Operating Expenses Office supplies and materials 11-000-709-1-632001 54511 $0.00 $3,000.00 Operating budget for copying, office materials and scanner maintenance.
    5 Yes Assessment Equipment Installation of a security surveillance camera and monitoring software 11-000-709-1-632001 56410 $800.00 $0.00 Provide test security and integrity to testing process.
    6 Yes Assessment Facilities Installation of 6-9 lockers to store peronal items 11-000-709-1-632001 56410 $500.00 $0.00 To provide students with storage for persona items during testing; to improve the security and integrity of the testing process.
    7 Yes Assessment Personnel Convert the 60% Special Programs Clerk to 100% 11-000-709-1-632001 52190 $0.00 $24,720.00 Increase in transcript and test score evaluations in the past year due to EAP, SAT/ACT, CLEP and AP exam evaluations. These will be necessary to support future enforcement of other prerequisites at the College.
    8 Yes Assessment Personnel Convert the 50% Special Programs Clerk to Full-time (100%) 11-000-709-1-632001 52190 $0.00 $33,240.00 Increase in transcript and test score evaluations in the past year due to EAP, SAT/ACT, CLEP and AP exam evaluations. These will be necessary to support future enforcement of other prerequisites at the College.
    9 Yes Assessment Operating Expenses Staff Development - NCTA and ACT National Conferences 11-000-709-1-632001 55200 $0.00 $3,000.00 Participation and travel to the NCTA and ACT conferences are an essential part of staff development and improving services to students.
    10 Yes Assessment Equipment Front counter partition 11-000-709-1-632001 56410 $500.00 $0.00 Provide a more secure environment for test check-in.
    Total(s) $1,800.00 $115,240.00