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Technology Plan 2004-2007

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Assessment

Description
The Assessment Office is heavily dependant on optical-scanning technology for the scoring of its tests. This technology is somewhat old, but functional with support from Information Systems. The scanners and PCs comply with Information Systems minimum standards and should remain useful in the near future.
 
The major challenge of the next few years will be the implementation of the new student record system. This will require a complete evaluation of our business processes, a significant staff training and development effort, and a review of our hardware needs.
 
Computerized assessment testing is on hold for the time being. The college currently cannot afford the usage and license fees charged by the test publishers.
  
Student Services Impact
When computerized assessment testing is implemented, it will impact not only the assessment process, but also how we deliver our new student orientation and advisement services. There will be changes in work schedules, facility needs, calendar of events, and post-test advising.

Approximate Number of Students Served
The Assessment Office serves approximately 5000 students each year.
 
Support Impact
The new student record system will require a huge amount of training and support from Information Systems. This is in addition to their support of existing hardware and software used by Assessment.
 

Year 1 (2004-2005)

Objective
Maintain up-to-date technology that meets District Information Systems standards.
 
Utilize software that promotes student success and access.
 
Assist the college and District in implementing the new student record system.
 
Ensure that the Assessment Office uses the most up-to-date, student-friendly, and effective test instruments.
 
Action to Meet Objective

  • Participate in the Student Services PC replacement plan.
  • Ensure that necessary software supported and funded by Information Systems is included in the Districtís Information Technology Plan.
  • Identify and obtain program-specific software funded by the college.
  • Participate in task forces, committees, staff development sessions, and other activities that support the implementation of the new student record system.
  • Continue the evaluation of computerized assessment tests and search for funding sources.
     

Year 2 (2005-2006)

Objective
Same as prior year. These objectives are ongoing.
 
Action to Meet Objective
Same as prior year, with modifications made as needed depending on progress in completing the 2004/05 objectives.
 

Year 3 (2006-2007)

Objective
Same as prior year. These objectives are ongoing.
 
Action to Meet Objective
Same as prior year, with modifications made as needed depending on progress in completing the 2005/06 objectives. 
 

 


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