Central project earns national Innovation of the Year award

 A project to develop student learning outcomes at Central Arizona College has won national recognition from the League for Innovation in the Community College.

Central’s project is among three dozen across the country to receive a 2006 Innovation of the Year award from the international consortium headquartered in Phoenix.

"These innovations represent ‘capstone achievements and the continuing renewal of the spirit of innovation and experimentation upon which the League was founded,’”  said Linda Heiland, executive director of curriculum learning and assessment support services.

Central’s project, submitted by Heiland and Linda Day, curriculum support analyst, received winning scores in all criteria areas, including quality, cost effectiveness, timeliness, efficiency, creativity and replication.

Heiland and Day traced the development of the learning outcomes and proficiency standards for all Central courses and programs. They noted that the project “has grown and become a quality initiative for the institution” that has resulted in “documented improvement in the quality of student learning.”

They hailed the “hard work and dedication of the Central Arizona College faculty and staff. They dedicated many hours to making the project a reality.”

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