Baselines

To establish baselines, CCC&TI's QEP Committees gathered and synthesized the following types of information:

For more on student perception information, download the full QEP Report and see page 23.

Establishing writing baselines

During spring semester of 2006, CCC and TI began collecting writing samples from selected capstone courses and sophomore literature courses to establish benchmarks for future writing assessments. 

These writing samples are stored electronically and will provide baseline data for writing assessments that will continue through the duration of the QEP. During summer 2006, these writing samples were evaluated using the QEP rubric. Based on the QEP holistic rubric (a score of 1 being lowest, 5 being highest), preliminary analysis is detailed in the following chart:

Writing Sample Analysis Spring 2006

Score

Number of Writing Samples

Percentage

5

7

8%

4

22

26%

3

33

39%

2

17

20%

1

6

7%

Total

85

 

Percentage scoring 3 or higher:

 

 

73%

Courses evaluated include:

During summer 2006, additional writing samples will be collected from BIO 140 (Environmental Biology) and BUS 242 (Business Ethics).  During fall 2006, writing samples will also be collected from industrial programs to complete the baseline data. 

Each year of the QEP, writing samples from these capstone courses will be analyzed as a part of QEP assessment.  We expect to see increases in the percentages of students scoring 4 and 5 on the holistic rubric as the QEP is implemented.

Our criteria for success for this benchmark is that 80% of writing samples from capstone and sophomore literature classes will indicate scores of 3 or higher on the holistic rubric.