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The Assessment Office serves to help campus-wide assessment efforts. 

The office assists units with the assessment of academic and institutional program reviews, goals, and outcomes, and serve as the Unit Administrator and provides training for AWC's Tk20 system.

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Mission Statement

The Assessment Office supports the College Vision by providing college-wide leadership in assessment, program review, and the collection of the educational data. These information services enhance the college's culture of evidence and assist administrators and faculty in data-driven decision making at all levels of the college. We are dedicated to accessibility, communication, and innovation.

Learning-Centered Values

  • Arizona Western College graduates will demonstrate competency in critical inquiry, communication, civic discourse, quantitative analysis, scientific literacy, and digital literacy.
  • Arizona Western College graduates will demonstrate expertise in their selected fields of learning.
  • Arizona Western College graduates will be able to interact, communicate, and work effectively with partners, teams, and networks.
  • Arizona Western College graduates will be able to participate actively in the political, ethical, and aesthetic aspects of community life.

Statement of Purposes

The College...

  • creates an environment for growth through impassioned teaching and learning that encourages higher orders of thinking and performance, advocates the free exchange of ideas and is responsive to changes in technology, delivery structures, and markets;
  • awards associate degrees and certificates to students who successfully complete programs of study and prepares students for work, for meeting personal goals or for transition into other studies;
  • enhances the cultural climate through visual and performing arts and offers physical and recreational development to the community;
  • assists students to achieve success by providing support services, including academic advising, career counseling, financial direction, learning support and activities for student enrichment;
  • establishes opportunities for lifelong learning through partnerships with public/private schools and colleges, universities, governmental agencies, and economic development organizations; and
  • provides access to learning for students, staff, and community through environmentally safe and sound facilities and equipment.


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Form/File Name File
Assessment/Tk20 Glossary of Terms Download
AWC Academic Program Assessment Plan Rubric Download
AWC Academic Course Level Assessment Plan Rubric Download
AWC Institutional Department Assessment Plan Rubric Download

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Form/File Name File
Faculty Assessment Workshop 1 Download
Faculty Assessment Workshop 2 Download
Administrative Departments Assessment (Part 1) Download
Administrative Departments Assessment (Part 2) Download
Formative and Summative Assessment Download
Characteristics of Good Measuring Instrument Download
Writing Measurable Learning Outcomes Download
Writing Effective Rubrics Guide Download
Rubric Template Download
Assessment Template Download
SMART Process to Developing Measures Download
Measures and Goal Statement Workshop Download
Direct and Indirect Assessment Link
Selecting an Assessment Measure Link
Designing Effective Rubrics Link
Assessment Basics Link
LMU Assessment Resources Link
AALHE Assessment Resources Link
SALG Website for Instructors (create free evaluation tools) Link
How Do We Analyze Data? Download

Annual Report

Form/File Name File
2018-2019 Assessment Report Download

Institutional Benchmarks

Quantitative Analysis: 70% or more of students enrolled in GE courses designated Quantitative Analysis will be able to identify and extract relevant data from given mathematical or contextual situations; and/or select known models or develop appropriate models that organize the data into tables or spreadsheets; and/or obtain correct mathematical results and state those results with appropriate qualifiers.

2016- 2017 Proficiency Results

Competency Measures Proficient
Demonstrate a fundamental understanding of exponential and logarithmic functions Set up and evaluate an exponential growth model 48%
  Find the doubling time 45%
Investigate linear functions and use them to model real world data Finding the line of best fit 60.6%
  Finding the correlation coefficient and interpreting 51.6%
  Using the line to make a prediction 49.2%
  Average rate of change 53.5%

Freshman Composition I, ENG 101, benchmark: 75% of AWC students in Freshman Composition I classes will demonstrate a writing proficiency of a level of “3”(competent) or above (proficient, strong, and superior) on a writing artifact evaluated by a blind juried assessment team comprised of disciplinary scholars. This percentage will be determined by a random sample of ENG 101 writing artifacts.

Writing in the Discipline (Writing Intensive-WI) : 70% of AWC students in Writing in the Discipline (Writing Intensive) classes will demonstrate a writing proficiency of a level of “2”, or proficient, on a writing artifact evaluated by a blind juried assessment team comprised of disciplinary scholars. This percentage will be determined by a random sample of WI writing artifacts. Results are available on the Writing Assessment webpage.

State/National Exam Outcomes

Radiologic Technology National Registry, Spring 2019 15 10 5
Nursing NCLEX, Fall 2018-Spring 2019 54 54 0
Nursing Assistant (C.N.A.) State Board, Fall 2018-Spring 2019 99 78 21
Paramedic EMS- NREMT-EMS, Spring 2019 1 0 1
EMT-B- NREMT, Fall 2018-Spring 2019 22 17 5
International Fire Service Accreditation Congress Hazmat First responder Awareness (FRA) & Operations (FRO), Spring 2019 21 13 8
National Wildfire Coordinating Group- Wildland Firefighter, Spring 2019 22 22 0
Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA)- Incident Command System, ICS 100 & ICS 200, Spring 2019 22 22 0
OSHA 10 Hour, Fall 2018-Spring 2019 25 25 0
OSHA 30 Hour, Spring 2019 15 13 2
Culinary Arts ServSafe, Fall 2018-Spring 2019 24 3 21
Drafting AutoCAD Certification, Spring 2019 5 4 1
Air Conditioning EPA Section 608, Fall 2018-Spring 2019 29 27 2
Refrigerant Handling Certification, EPA 609, Fall 2018-Spring 2019 35 34 1
Welding- AWS D1.1-SMAW/FCAW/GMAW, Spring 2019 11 7 4
Automotive ProCut, Spring 2019 21 21 0

Assessment Committee

Mission Statement

The Assessment Committee is dedicated to providing support, resources, and opportunities for faculty, staff, students, and administrators to discuss, conduct, and share thorough, thoughtful, critical analysis and reflection of student learning, services, and business practices provided at Arizona Western College and to encourage students to become agents in their own learning.


  • Support and sustain a culture of assessment.
  • Share information about assessment practices of curricular, co-curricular, institutional services, and business practices and develop a shared language and demonstrate understanding of assessment across the institution.
  • Survey faculty, administrators, staff, and students on their understanding of assessment and current assessment efforts.
  • Solicit feedback about faculty, staff, administrator, and student needs related to assessment.
  • Provide opportunities for professional development on academic, departmental, and organizational goals and learning outcomes assessment.
  • Encourage the use of assessment plan data to improve teaching, learning, services, and business practices.
  • Develop, publish, and maintain a current display of academic, departmental, and organizational learning outcomes that align with the Institutional Learning Outcomes (ILO).
  • Collect, analyze, and recommend interventions based on student feedback regarding their understanding and application of Institutional Learning Outcomes (ILO).
  • Provide opportunities for students to develop an understanding of assessment and how learning outcomes relate to teaching and learning through course and program assignments, exams, and projects.
  • Encourage students to become agents of their learning by:
    • Insuring they are being taught all identified learning outcomes
    • Questioning how learning outcomes relate to course and or program assignments, activities, and or projects
  • Engage in rater reliability activities with other community colleges in the state.

Membership Requirements and Structure

Committee members will be required to:

  • Participate in the completion and submission of a course, program, departmental, and or organizational assessment plan annually.
  • Participate in one or more Institutional Learning Outcomes (ILO) student feedback activity.
  • Act as a resource and champion of the Assessment Committee to help faculty, staff, students, and administrators develop an understanding of the purpose and value in conducting and recording an assessment of teaching, learning, services, and business practices.
  • Engage in diverse, creative, and innovative discussions in support of institutional assessment.

Committee membership should include:

  • faculty chair
  • the Director of Assessment
  • the Assessment Specialist
  • one faculty rep from each academic division (chair position will satisfy one division)
  • two administrators
  • students
  • the Coordinator of Student Leadership and Activities
  • three Classified employees

Assessment Committee Members:

Martha Martinez Chair, faculty
Angel Luna Faculty
Sarah Snyder Faculty
Scott Donnelly Faculty
Robert Killin Faculty
Monica Ketchum Faculty
Eva Aviles Admin
Shara Skinner Admin, notifies SGA of meetings
Tim Smith Faculty
Jacqueline Quinonez Staff
Vanessa Weaver Staff
Miguel Sanchez Faculty
Luis Vizcarra Student

Assessment Committee Meeting Minutes

File Name File
November 6, 2018 Download
December 4, 2018 Download
January 10, 2019 Download
February 12, 2019 Download
March 5, 2019 Download
April 9, 2019 Download
May 7, 2019 Download
September 10, 2019 Download
September 24, 2019 Download
October 8, 2019 Download
November 11, 2019 Download
December 10, 2019 Download
February 4, 2020 Download

Assessment Timeline

The steps Arizona Western College has taken to change the culture of assessment:

  • 2007-2013 – academic assessment was discussed and monitored through the Learning Excellence Assessment Process (LEAP)
  • 2013-2015 – academic assessment was encouraged through academic division Assessment Coaches
  • 2016-2017 – institutional assessment (academic & departmental) encouraged and monitored through the Assessment and Program Review Office
  • 2017-2018 – creation of the Assessment Coalition, made up of students, faculty, and administrators to discuss assessment across the institution and to educate all on the purpose and benefits of assessment
  • 2018- Assessment Coalition was morphed into an official Assessment Committee made up of students, faculty, classified staff, and administrators to discuss, monitor, and assess newly implemented institutional learning outcomes, to educate all on the purpose and benefits of assessment, and encourage students to become agents of their learning by questioning how the learning outcomes are related to learning activities and assignments

Assessment Day Resources

Form/File Name File
Fall 2019 CAMP Presentation Download
Fall 2019 Assessing with Rubrics Download
Fall 2019 Formative vrs Summative Assessment Download
Fall 2019 How to Write Measures and Goal Statements Download
Fall 2019 Student Presentation Download
Fall 2019 Rubric Worksheet-docx Download
Fall 2019 Rubric Worksheet-pdf Download
Fall 2019 Committee Assessment Download

Contact Info

Phone: (928) 344-7651
Location: CTE 123
  • Monday - Thursday: 7:00am - 5:00pm