About Assessment at Colorado Mountain College

Assessment is an ongoing process aimed at understanding and improving student learning

Teaching, learning, and assessment are part of an integrated, collaborative learning experience and follow a continuous cycle. It involves making our expectations explicit and public; setting appropriate criteria and high standards for learning quality; systematically gathering, analyzing, and interpreting evidence to determine how well performance matches expectations and standards; and using the resulting information to document, explain, and improve performance.

When it is embedded effectively within larger institutional systems, assessment can help us focus our collective attention, examine our assumptions, and create a shared academic culture dedicated to assuring and improving the quality of higher education.

The overarching goals of CMC’s assessment program are:

  1. To foster an institution-wide view of assessment as a necessary response to a demand for accountability,
  2. To respond to accreditation demands, specifically NCA’s Five Criteria for Accreditation, and also meet other national, regional, or state agency accreditation standards, and
  3. To train faculty and staff in assessment processes and encourage professional development in outcomes based assessment.

CMC’s Vision:

We aspire to be the most inclusive and innovative student-centered college in the nation, elevating the economic, social, and environmental vitality of our beautiful Rocky Mountain Communities.

CMC’s Mission:

CMC offers a dynamic and innovative teaching and learning experience serving a diverse population in a student-centered, inclusive , and personalized learning environment. Through a comprehensive array of programs and courses of study, CMC provides a high-quality education that is affordable and accessible, helping all students meet their individual educational goals. CMC measures its success through student success.