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Engaging with Assessment


Posted on Dec 4, 2019

In an effort to improve the quality of programming we provide to our students, Rock Valley College has been increasing the depth of our conversations regarding assessment.  One of the ways in which these conversations occur are at the monthly Assessment Workshops.

Twice a month, the Director of Outcomes Assessment and Institutional Research host Assessment Workshops for Career and Technical Education and Liberal Arts and Sciences.  At these workshops, faculty members collaborate on the best practices in assessing outcomes at both the program and course level.

While some assessment practices such as traditional exams and papers continue to stand the test of time, these assessment workshops also serve as a forum for faculty to discuss other opportunities for assessment such as portfolio-based grading, collaborative group projects, and other unique opportunities for authentic assessment.

Unlike usual committee meetings, these workshops aim to be hands-on opportunities for faculty members to work together to create and utilize high impact practices to capture the holistic nature of the learning taking place all over campus.

Moving forward, RVC hopes to expand these workshop to co-curricular areas of campus, aiming to honor the learning that occurs not just in the classroom but also in student services, through campus program offerings, and across campus at large.

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RVC Snapchat/Instagram Takeover

RVC Snapchat/Instagram Takeover


Posted on Sep 9, 2019

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Share Your RVC Story!

Share Your RVC Story!


Posted on May 22, 2017

Rock Valley College recently graduated 1,236 students this spring, and as always, we have been inspired by the stories we’ve heard along the way. Has Rock Valley College changed YOUR life in some way? We want to hear about it. We would love for your story to be shared with others on our blog, website, and social media.

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Surveying the field

Surveying the field


Posted on Nov 19, 2014

Placing the basesOn one of the last warm days of the fall, a group of students from Rockford East High School’s EMITT (Engineering, Manufacturing, Industrial Technology and Trades) Academy visited Rock Valley College to get a look at a unique construction project, and to get a little hand’s on experience.

RVC is in the midst of renovations to one of its original classroom buildings (CL-I), and the college’s Assistant Professor of Building Construction Technology Dan Bawinkel gave them a behind the scenes tour.

“The tour of that building was a pretty rare opportunity to see something built as uniquely as that classroom building.  It was built in the 1960s and it’s a cast-in place building,” Bawinkel said.

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