To ensure that Chadron State College graduates are prepared to work in their chosen professions, as well as to satisfy all assessment-related requirements of accrediting and approval bodies for quality programs, CSC conducts systematic assessment of candidates, programs, and operations. Assessment requirements to maintain state approvals and national accreditation are very specific, quite extensive, and complex. Each department has developed an assessment plan to meet these requirements. Several tools are used by CSC to manage assessment plans including Tk20, a system that allows students to submit a variety of assessments (course embedded assignments, field experience evaluations, program specific observations, portfolios, etc.) that are used to measure student performance. These assessments are then connected to other student performance data such as scores on entrance and certification tests taken outside the College and grades in courses. Programs then use these multiple sources of data to examine and improve courses and make curricular and procedural revision that are needed to improve student learning. (Adapted from University of West Georgia Tk20 Information and Associate Dean of Research & Assessment, Dr. Debra Cobia)
Chadron State College uses the TK20 software system as a data management and reporting tool. The software enables the college to gather and manage academic, non-academic, and institutional data in a productive way.