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The Institutional Assessment Office organizes Hawai'i Community College assessment to sustain continuous improvement for instructional activities and support services.

  • provides training and support to develop, align, and assess institutional, unit, program and course outcomes.
  • maintains and publishes assessment documentation and reports.
  • collaborates with administrators, divisions/departments/units leadership and faculty/staff to provide assessment activities that foster continuous improvement.

What is Assessment at Hawaiʻi Community College?

Assessment is the process of gathering information/data on student learning and services for the purposes of evaluating and improving the learning environment.

Learning Outcome Approach

Hawaiʻi Community College engages in systematic assessment of learning outcomes to ensure continuous improvement and create increased opportunities for student success.

The learning outcome approach makes student learning more meaningful and effective. Students are able to identify relevance and value in their education.

The approach increases student success by building educational experiences based on what students will be able to do with their acquired knowledge and skills. These diverse and rich educational experiences correlate directly to the desired learning outcomes.

Our Process

  1. Develop student learning outcomes.
  2. Design course to achieve student learning outcomes.
  3. Create methods to assess student learning outcomes.
  4. Engage in the teaching-learning process.
  5. Assess whether or not student learning outcomes are achieved.
  6. Participate in discussions on ways to improve instruction and student success.
  7. Make changes to achieve learning outcomes and for continuous program improvement
  8. Document process and report results

Our Learning Outcomes

Assessment Schedule

Assessment plans and rubrics are due annually by December 1, with the assessment report due the following June 1. Assessment plans, rubrics, and reports are posted on the college intranet website.

Assessment Effectiveness


College programs:27
Programs with Student Learning Outcomes: 27
Percentage of total: 100%

Programs with ongoing learning outcome assessment: 27
Percentage of total: 100%

Institutional Learning Outcomes

Institutional Learning Outcomes: 3
ILOs with ongoing assessment: 3*

* New Institutional Learning Outcomes (ILOs) were adopted Fall 2012 by the College Council. The College Council developed an ILO Assessment Plan in Spring 2013. The ILO assessment was implemented during the 2013-14 academic year and the assessment results will be reviewed by College Council in Fall 2014.

News & Updates:

  • The Assessment Committee is no longer ad hoc and has a strong membership comprised of newcomers and some who have served previously. The membership list and contact information is located here.
  • Click here for the 2013-14 Course Assessment Planning Form
  • Click here for the 2013-14 Course Assessment Reporting Form
  • Click here for the 2013 Support Unit Assessment Planning and Reporting Form
  • Have you found the tutorial for assessment planning and reporting?

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Appropriate assessment can lead to
joyful learning and joyful teaching.

--Hughes & Gullo, 2010