PRINCIPLE RESPONSIBILITIES AND RESULTS
1. Serve as assessment and course placement expert/professional resource for students, faculty, staff, and community partners. Interpret statutes, policies, and guidelines (Minn State, Riverland, and assessment vendor) to develop, communicate, and implement operating procedures and processes effectively with and through stakeholders.
Direct and administer all Assessment Center testing activities and processes for new, continuing, and returning students at the college on all three campuses and in the local high schools ensuring the academic integrity of exam administration and the security of the testing environment.
Collaborate with all Riverland departments, staff, faculty, administration, and community partners to identify assessment needs, equity gaps, unnecessary barriers, and strategies to improve student success and college enrollment. Collaborate with the Registrar’s office and academic deans and faculty for course additions/deletions to assure consistency with Accuplacer (and NextGen Accuplacer) placement data cut scores.
Select, gather, and analyze appropriate assessment data and develop recommendations to assist with student retention and success for prospective, current and former students, Riverland faculty, staff, sponsoring agencies, other educational institutions, technical college administrators, and State Board staff, within parameters set by law and ethical standards. Prepare reports for college administrators, Minnesota State and federal agencies so the college remains in compliance with regulatory and funding requirements.
Provide support services for pre and post-test preparation, workshops, study tools, and tips. Use technology (assistive devices) in working with students needing accommodations to complete the assessment. Communicate with students, family members, or counselors regarding special needs of individuals who have previously been attending high school with an Individual Educational Plan (IEP) and need accommodations for testing (in conjunction with Accommodations Specialist).
Serve as the coordinator and technical support person in implementing Minnesota State assessment policy, procedures and technology updates. Collaborate with all assessment vendors to maintain certification, to develop, update, and amend contracts, and to coordinate administration of assessments.
Act as the Riverland assessment services liaison for MinnState Multiple Measures; is an active member of the MinnState Multiple Measures planning committee. Co-lead Riverland’s Multiple Measures and Developmental Education Committee.
Develop testing exemption criteria in consultation with the appropriate academic dean and by following Minnesota State policy. Serve as decision maker for students who are seeking course placement exception appeals.
Identify and train staff to be able to interpret and advise students regarding Accuplacer test scores, processing of applications and exemption policy. Identify and train staff to be able to proctor assessments. Create and maintain all correlation tables, assessment documents and tools to explain and simplify course placement and college readiness.
2. Provide advising services to, prospective, current and returning students in the areas of admissions, assessment, transfer, academic programs, career, registration, financial aid, navigating online and e-learning tools, and student life services and make referrals to community services as needed to ensure students’ correct course placement, retention, success, and educational goal attainment.
Plan and implement supportive activities and events related to academic, career, financial aid, and transfer. Identify career and educational options and requirements to maximize student achievement, retention, persistence, and educational goal attainment – including but are not limited to cultural enrichment activities, workshops, or individual sessions on interpersonal processes, stress management, time management, decision making, financial literacy, study skills major selection, and any other workshops that would aid in the participants’ success.
Track and report on advisees’ academic progress, identify at-risk students and develop and implement academic recovery plans and retention strategies to ensure student retention and successful completion of their academic programs. Ensure college data integrity, reliability and accuracy of student records. Identify and help resolve student record data integrity issues. Maintain the confidentiality of student information as required by FERPA
Participate in college enrollment activities, including representing the college at community events and partnership building opportunities, orienting prospective and new students to the College, and participating in new student registration activities so that prospective and new students receive accurate information, student admissions increase, and students feel welcomed to the College community and complete their academic programs.
3. Serve as the Credit for Prior Learning Coordinator, a member of the Credit for Prior Learning (CPL) committee and an expert in CPL, attending trainings and staying current on the topic. Promote cooperation and serve as the liaison between academic affairs and student affairs. Maintain the CPL website with current and accurate information. Maintain the CPL student survey and evaluate results to identify students who could benefit from CPL and which courses they should pursue for CPL. Develop, communicate, interpret, implement, and maintain policies, processes, and procedures for CPL. Train advisors to identify students eligible for CPL and promote CPL to college community.
Serve as a member of the Bridges to Healthcare committee. Promote cooperation and serve as the Riverland Liaison between Riverland Community Colleges and internal and external community resources including but not limited to Workforce Development, Inc., Adult Learning, and Mayo Health Systems and other community employers. Develop, communicate, interpret, implement, and maintain policies, processes, and procedures with internal and external partners for the Bridges to Healthcare program. Evaluate students’ assessment results and career goals to identify potential students and advise them of different program options, including Bridges to Healthcare. Develop and maintain Career Pathways within the Bridges to Healthcare program.