A Culture of Assessment Promotes Student Success

Community colleges under pressure to increase completion rates and student outcomes are increasingly relying on assessments to measure their progress and fine-tune their programs to achieve better results.
Lake Area Technical Institute (LATI) in South Dakota collected and analyzed data on  students, graduates and businesses to make sure its education programs are meeting employers’ needs.
LATI’s success in connecting its graduates to jobs helped it earn recognition as one of 10 finalists for the $1-million Aspen Prize, which will be awarded to community colleges that have dramatically improved student outcomes. The Aspen Institute cited the college’s success rate of 98 percent. According to LATI Vice President Michael Cartney, 76 percent of graduates are employed, and 22 percent are continuing in higher education.
LATI President Deb Shephard also was honored at a White House Champions of Change event in September in honor of the college’s high graduation and job placement rates. Read more.
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