PITTSBURGH—A team at the Community College of Allegheny County (CCAC) that developed a system to effectively survey students online has won a second award for innovation.
CCAC’s Survey of Student Opinion (SOSO) team has been recognized as one of 50 Innovation of the Year Award winners by the League for Innovation. The group also won a CCAC President’s Innovation Award in 2009.
The team created an anonymous, secure and efficient assessment system for students in online courses. The system replaced surveying online students by email, which had a very low student participation rate. The new survey showed a 30 percent increase in student participation. It enables students to participate actively with honest and constructive feedback on their experiences with online courses and teaching. The feedback from students helps instructors improve their teaching, which subsequently benefits student learning.
The SOSO team includes Kris Birch, Dwight Bishop, Donald Broderick, Justin Busch, Mark Czapko, Frances Dice, Je X. For, Carl Francolino, Jason Lander, Ronald Logreco, Leelavati Murthy, Augustine Obiaku, Mary Kate Quinlan, Kris Roka, Mark Spano, Brenda Trettel, Ping An Wang and Rochelle Yakin.
The Innovation of the Year award, now in its 28th year, was devised as a way to recognize significant innovations reflecting capstone achievements and the continuing renewal of the spirit of innovation and experimentation upon which the League for Innovation was founded. The award is designed to recognize faculty, staff and administrators at member colleges who have designed and implemented a significant innovation. Granting this award provides a venue for showcasing these innovations and the dedicated community college educators who are working to create new programs, improve processes and enhance the opportunities available in their communities.
The League for Innovation is an international organization dedicated to catalyzing the community college movement. The organization hosts conferences and institutes, develops web resources, conducts research, produces publications, provides services and leads projects and initiatives with its member colleges, corporate partners and other agencies in its continuing efforts to make a positive difference for students and communities.
The Community College of Allegheny County is the largest institution of postsecondary higher education in Pennsylvania. The college serves 30,000 credit students through 170 degree and certificate programs and offers thousands of lifelong learning non-credit and workforce development courses to 35,000 students annually. Incorporating a learning-centered environment committed to the future of the region, CCAC continues to expand its reach through innovative programming and accessible instruction offered via convenient day, evening, weekend and online courses. With four campuses and six centers serving Allegheny County and surrounding communities, CCAC endeavors to fulfill its mission to provide affordable access to quality education and offer a dynamic, diverse and supportive learning environment that prepares the region’s residents for academic, professional and personal success in our changing global society.