HLC Innovative Practices

Higher Learning Commission

Innovative Practices

Completing the Assessment Data Documentation

Each semester, faculty are expected to complete a Course Assessment Record (CAR) document for at least one course outcome for at least one course (more are encouraged). The assessment data that is collected at the course level helps provide assessment at the program and institutional level, as well. On a yearly basis, the CAR data is compiled into a Course Assessment Record Database (CARD), first by division and then by the institution. These composite data are then evaluated by the Office of Institutional Effectiveness and Planning (IEP) to look for trends across the curriculum – especially in the area of General Education. An annual report is published related to the CARD. Programs are formally evaluated on five‐year cycles using a Program Review (PR) process. During the Program Review, the PR committee will complete the Program Assessment Record (PAR) using assessment data previously reported on the CAR.

In the past, data had to manually transferred from one document to another – a time-consuming retyping of the information from the CAR to the PAR or CARD. Beginning in fall 2009, LCCC faculty will be entering data electronically into the Electronic Course Assessment Record (eCAR) site that has been created using Microsoft SharePoint. This site will have many benefits:

  1. Course information will be present in the system and available to the faculty menu via pull-down menus;
  2. The site can be accessed easily from both on and off campus;
  3. The data will be input in a much more consistent format which will lead to more reliable and comparable data; 
  4. The data will be directly entered into an electronic database and downloadable to an Excel spreadsheet;
  5. The downloaded data can be easily manipulated by faculty and staff to extract needed information (training will be provided at a future time); 
  6. The electronic data can be easily transferred (via cut‐and‐paste) to other documents, as needed;
  7. The electronic format will save reams of paper each semester, which is great for the environment. The paper versions of the CAR will no longer be used.


Exterior Campus Lighting Project

Work will begin Monday morning on replacing the light fixtures on the west loop road (main road in front of the College. Workers will be installing  new fixtures from the north and south ends concurrently. The road will be partially blocked in order to do the work.
Please be very careful and slow down.

15 to Finish: Add a Late-Start Class Today

Take at least 15 credit hours per semester and you'll be closer to graduation and closer to your career. There’s still time to add a class to your schedule. Late-start courses begin Feb. 23 and March 23.
Click here to see the short-term class schedule and to register.

MyTuition Guarantee

LCCC students now have the opportunity to participate in the MyTuition Guarantee. This new program holds tuition and fee rates for students registering in fall 2014 and spring 2015 for up to three years or until the completion of a degree, whichever comes first.
Click here to learn more and to complete the Completion Pledge. 


Students can save up to 80 percent on the cost of a traditional college degree. Learn more at www.lorainccc.edu/myuniversity.

Dean's List

Congratulations to the hardworking students who were named to the Dean’s List for fall 2014.  If you think you made the Dean’s List for fall semester, check your LCCC email account for an official confirmation from LCCC. See the full list of students named to the Dean’s List at www.lorainccc.edu/deanslist.

Earn College Credit For Work and Life Experience

Attend an information session for Prior Learning Assessment and find out about the methods used to help you earn college credit for what you have learned through work and life experiences.
Click here to learn more and register.

Financial Aid Filing Fairs

LCCC will offer free help for anyone filing a FAFSA form - regardless of the college they plan to attend - at a series of Financial Aid Filing Fairs held in February and March. Click here for details and to register online.

Sign Up for Text Alerts

Sign up to receive text message alerts in the event of campus emergencies, campus closings, campus power outages and severe weather announcements at www.lorainccc.edu/alerts.

Softball Team Tryouts

The LCCC Softball Team will host tryouts from noon to 1 p.m., February 21 and 22 in the Ewing Center Field House. Learn More.

MBA Program Begins in Fall 2015

Beginning in fall 2015, Youngstown State University’s Williamson College of Business Administration will offer a master’s of business administration degree through the University Partnership. Learn more.