Assessment Office

Institutional Assessment and Research Office

In 1998, OLC created the Institutional Assessment and Research Office to support the institution’s planning and budgeting efforts and to coordinate and implement outcomes assessment processes across all departments and work teams of the institution. The Institutional Assessment and Research Office assists departments in devising and strengthening assessment plans; it collects departmental reports, and compiles, analyzes, and summarizes a variety of data to be used in institutional planning and external reporting.

Contact Information:

Institutional Assessment and Research Office
Oglala Lakota College
P.O. Box 490
Kyle, South Dakota 57752
Phone:   605-455-6035
Fax:  605-455-2787

OLC’s Assessment strategy follows the sequence from:

  • Institutional Strategic Plan based on the college’s vision, mission, and purposes and taking account of internal and external exigencies.
  • setting annual department or program goals and objectives in line with the institutional strategic plan and priorities Strategic Plan
  • establishing intended program outcomes;
  • deciding on evaluation methods
  • implementing the assessment plan
  • reporting results and advancing hypotheses about the results
  • making decisions and recommendations

In addition to general department and work team assessments that consist of self-assessment and assessment by others of the department’s or work team’s performance, a major assessment effort is devoted to assessing students’ academic achievement.

The assessment of student academic achievement addresses what students know, do, and believe and what their evaluation is of the college’s efforts in aiding their education.

Assessing Student Outcomes has three components: 

  1. The developmental education program is designed to ensure college-readiness of students in an open admissions College.
  1. The General Education program ensures that students have a broad base of knowledge and skills as they enter into the world of work.  Included in these goals  are:  understanding and familiarity with Lakota culture and history, and knowledge of the fundamentals of Lakota language; computer/information literacy; critical thinking skills; an appreciation of the cross-cultural and historical dimensions of contemporary issues; and appreciation of the fine and performing arts; and the development of an ethical perspective.

    A general education component is required in all curricular offerings, including certificates, diplomas, and degrees.

    OLC’s faculty exercises oversight of the general education program and works 
    with the administration to regularly assess the program’s effectiveness in relation 
    with the organization’s stated goals for student learning.
  1. Assessment of Student Learning in the major.  Each academic department devises and assessment plan of student learning that is demonstrated and
    measurable.

    Multiple measures will be employed to assess student outcomes:
    • Direct Measures which include:
      • pre-and post tests, exit tests, standardized tests, the oral proficiency inventory (OPI) for Lakota language; department constructed exit tests, portfolios, and capstone courses.
    • Indirect Measures include:
      • measures to assess a student’s academic standing
      • measures to determine student satisfaction
      • measures to determine student success after graduation
      • measures to determine graduate satisfaction
      • measures to determine employers’ satisfaction with graduates.

Other assessments will be conducted of students who have discontinued their studies and of processes that may affect student outcomes (for example, advising, scheduling, student support services.)

At the end of the academic year, an annual assessment report will be available to departments, administration, and the Board of Trustess.