CCBC recognized for its "Sustained Excellence in Assessment" in inaugural class of designees

Aug 24, 2016 | by Jacquie Lucy | 443.840.4668 (office) | 443.761.2482 (cell)

The only Community College to receive this national designation

Baltimore County, Md.
– The Community College of Baltimore County has been named one of the 10 institutions receiving the inaugural “Excellence in Assessment” designation. According to the national release, the EIA program spotlights “institutions successfully integrating assessment practices across campus, providing evidence of student learning outcomes and using assessment results to guide institutional decision-making and improve student performance.” Designees were awarded in two tiers, excellence and sustained excellence. CCBC was awarded a Sustained Excellence designation, reflecting a sustained or evolved integrated campus-level assessment over a period of at least five years.

“The goal of assessment at CCBC is to ensure the best conditions for learning, encourage best practices, and inspire creativity and innovation. CCBC has been lauded for its work in assessment and has been a national leader in assessment of student learning for many years,” according to Rose Mince, dean of Curriculum/Assessment at CCBC.

President Sandra L. Kurtinitis remarks, “We are gratified to be recognized in the inaugural class of this national designation for excellence in assessment. CCBC is dedicated to student success and works hard to use data to determine which initiatives have merit and which do not. As much, we recognize that data needs to be interpreted with both our hearts and our heads, endowing measurement with meaning well beyond that of an exercise.”

The sponsors of the EIA program are the Voluntary System of Accountability (VSA), a public college and university transparency initiative led by the Association of Public and Land-grant Universities (APLU) and the American Association of State Colleges and Universities (AASCU), in partnership with the Association of American Colleges & Universities (AAC&U) and the National Institute for Learning Outcomes Assessment (NILOA).

The other recipients of the EIA designation are: Cameron University, Capella University, Indiana University-Purdue University, Indianapolis, Kansas State University, Mills College, Mount St. Joseph University, Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology, University of Wisconsin-Madison and Zayed University.


About the Community College of Baltimore County (
CCBC offers hundreds of programs and thousands of courses helping people of all ages, backgrounds and interests earn degrees, transfer, launch or advance careers, and prepare for in-demand jobs.

Providing accessible, affordable and high-quality education since 1957, CCBC educates more than 70,000 students each year, including half of all Baltimore County residents attending college in Maryland as undergraduates. Committed to student success and the development of lifelong learners who strengthen our regional workforce and enrich our community, CCBC has also been selected to participate in Achieving the Dream, a national student success initiative. In 2011, the Chronicle of Education honored CCBC as one of only 26 community colleges across the nation named “Great Colleges to Work For.”

CCBC is accredited by the Middle States Commission on Higher Education, 3624 Market Street, 2nd Floor West, Philadelphia, PA 19104 (267-284-5000). The Middle States Commission on Higher Education is an institutional accrediting agency recognized by the U.S. Secretary of Education and the Council for Higher Education Accreditation.

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