Capacity for Meaningful Learning Assessment in Community Colleges, is a new book by Jerry Somerville, which he has self-published under a Creative Commons Attribution 3.0 license. It is available for download at http://jasomerville.com/resources at no charge as long as the conditions of the licensing agreement are followed. The book is a result of an investigation of community colleges by a community college researcher/practitioner with the focus of understanding student learning assessment at a fundamental level—identifying the institutional characteristics that are critical for a meaningful and sustainable learning assessment process. The article is an overview of the book written by the author.
The purpose of this book is to share what I have learned from my research and professional experience, with the hope that you will discover, as I did, some useful insights about community college capacity to establish meaningful and sustainable learning assessment processes. Through my research I have identified 10 factors that form the foundation on which to build meaningful and sustainable student learning assessment processes.
Iraq and Afghanistan veterans are returning to college campus in large numbers. These are the largest numbers that colleges have experienced since after the Vietnam War. The articles in this edition identify the ways colleges are helping our veterans address mental health issues, personal issues, and career paths in a jobless marketplace.