“Success is the sum of small efforts, repeated day in and day out.” Robert Collier
The Gottschall Access Program (GAP) uses a variety of different tools to evaluate the students’ progress, satisfaction with their courses and overall program. This includes:
- Individual action planning, personal action planning and goal setting -- The drawing up of individual action plans will be carried out during the initial assessment session and then reviewed at regular intervals to gauge whether goals have been met. An action plan can include personal objectives, priorities and reflections on progress.
- Learning Outcomes -- Each courses offered through the Gottschall Access Program will have designated Learning Outcomes. Students will be assessed on assignments, which may be tailored for varying learning styles; projects; as well as class participation and team collaboration.
- Diary or personal journal – Students will be encouraged to write about progress towards soft outcomes. Issues of confidentiality will be considered. Writing exercises will be accommodated based on the student’s skills and abilities – this may include use of specific writing apps.
- Recorded observations of group or individual activities -- There will be in place comprehensive documentation systems that will allow for the recording of additional anecdotal evidence of outcomes achieved and progress made.
- Portfolio assessment -- The construction of a portfolio is the selection and aggregation by individuals of evidence of their own achievement of particular skills (which may include soft skills). Portfolios may be paper-based or electronic. Compilation will begin in the first year of the program.
- Assessment of Soft Skills -- for purposes of this program, Soft Skills are defined as intra- and inter-personal (socio-emotional) skills, essential for personal development, social participation and workplace success. These skills will include:
Communication and Listening; Confidence and Self-Promotion; Creativity and Problem-Solving; Leadership and Collaboration; Multi-Tasking and Goal-Setting; Strategic and Critical Thinking; Patience and Respect; Technological Proficiency; Time Management; Work-Ethic. A specific rubric has been designed to assess each of these areas.