Technical Community College (SOWELA) evaluates student achievement with respect
to outcomes relevant to its mission, to "… empower
learners in transfer, career, and technical education to excel as globally
competitive citizens.” Pursuing higher education takes courage, stamina,
and a great deal of personal responsibility, and we can assure our students
that we make every effort to make their journey as smooth as possible. The
"SOWELA Family” is here when our current and prospective students need us.
Community College uses an array of assessment strategies to evaluate success with
respect to measuring student achievement as it relates to the accomplishment of
the College mission. Expected outcomes of each program area are identified and
assessed to measure the extent to which a program is meeting its stated outcome
goal. However, the acquisition
and retention of knowledge by any student is contingent upon the student’s
desire and ability to learn, and their application of appropriate study
techniques and knowledge thus acquired to any course or program.
As a comprehensive technical community
college serving the citizens of the five-parish area of Southwest Louisiana,
SOWELA provides educational and training opportunities for those seeking higher
education by offering high quality credit technical programs that will prepare students
for career employment in two years or less, programs and services designed to
help students transfer to four-year colleges and universities, and non-credit
programs designed for continuing education, life-long learning and personal
solidify SOWELA’s efforts in improving its programs and services to our
students and to the community, the College ensures that students are achieving
success by accomplishing the educational and life goals they have set for
themselves in coming to SOWELA. Therefore, the College has a stake in student
success and has committed to raising the quality of our outputs and outcomes in
specific performance areas.
dedicated faculty and staff are student-focused and pride themselves in
providing the pedagogical expertise, personal assistance, and student support
services needed to enable each student to achieve success in their chosen
program of study. Whether a prospective student recently graduated from high
school, completed high school many years ago, or is now returning to school to update
their skills, to improve a current job situation, or for the purpose of life-long
learning, we have the educational program that will help put these individuals on
the path to both a rewarding career and the fulfilment of personal enrichment.
As a strong
community partner that strives to help improve the economy of Southwest
Louisiana, SOWELA provides programs and services focused on strengthening the
area workforce. This has been accomplished by establishing partnerships with
business and industry in the region in order to help enhance the skills of our
students who form the bulk of the local workforce, and prepare them to compete
more successfully in the 21st century global economy. Our students are the
beneficiaries of these partnerships - partnerships that have contributed
immensely to our enhancing of student achievement.
of the foregoing, the College has developed its mission statement in relation
to its Open Door, Open Access policy. SOWELA’s mission statement states that
the College "… provides traditional, distance
and life-long learning experiences and awards associate degrees, technical
diplomas, and certificates that empower learners in transfer, career, and
technical education to excel as globally competitive citizens.”
As a complement of the mission statement, the
College has developed vision, value, and philosophy statements that guide its
commitment to student achievement and fulfills the purpose for which the
institution was established and in which our potential and current students
have come to expect.
Following the above commitment statements, the
College developed strategic plan priorities that will assist in ensuring the
continual monitoring of the accomplishment of the student achievement goals.
Institutional Goals in Relation to Student Achievement and Satisfaction
In light of the above mission, vision, values
(MVV) statements, and strategic direction, the College has established the
following Institutional Goals related to Student Achievement.
- Achievement of Student Learning Outcomes (SLO) (Degree, Diploma, Certificate, General Education, and Transitional Studies)
- Develop Program Review for Relevance and Updates
- Enhance Successful Articulation and Transfer/Dual Enrollment
- Enhance Student Retention and Graduation Rates
- Increase Student Satisfaction
- Increase Student Placement and Employer Satisfaction
As stated previously
in this document, SOWELA uses an array of assessment strategies to evaluate student
success and achievement as it relates to the accomplishment of the College mission.
To assist in accomplishing this, expected learning outcomes are identified and
established for each program. These student learning outcomes are periodically
reviewed and assessed to ensure that they measure the extent to which a program
is meeting its stated outcome goal and student success and achievement.