Community College of Allegheny County (CCAC)

Community College of Allegheny County

League of Innovation Award

Boyce team wins Innovation of Year award 2010–2011

A team at Boyce Campus that developed a way to expand classroom technology has been recognized with the Innovation of the Year award from the League for Innovation, adding to a CCAC President’s Innovation Award they received last fall. Physical Therapy faculty members Norman Johnson, DPT, Carol Stokes and Stephen Bannister, DPT, devised and implemented computerized testing that incorporated Blackboard instructional technology for the Physical Therapist Assistant program. The computerized testing has resulted in measurable benefits, including an 11% increase in retention among first-year Physical Therapist Assistant students and a 94.5% average pass rate on the physical therapist licensure exam. CCAC’s computerized tests were designed to model the national licensure exam. In addition, the computerized tests have significantly reduced the costs and resources of copying printed exams—a savings of 25,000 sheets of paper per year.