While assessment in higher education has matured, the technology available to support it has exploded in the past decade. There are so many options available, it can be difficult to narrow them down. However, there is a larger question to answer. Can a software tool be successful without an already well-established institutional effectiveness and assessment […]
with Dr. Anthony Stanowski President and CEO Commission on Accreditation of Healthcare Management As our communities increase calls for accountability, higher education accreditation has more visibility than ever before. Thoughtfully deciding what standards indicate the quality of institutions and programs so that students, families, government officials, and employers know and believe in the quality of […]
The Council for the Advancement of Standards in Higher Education (CAS) has promoted standards in student affairs, student services, and student development programs for over 20 years.CAS helps you create a culture of assessment while preparing you for regional accreditation. Your institution can leverage CAS to ensure an excellent review by using its program to focus on mission fulfillment, collect constructive data, and enact quality action plans for improvement.
Recently Weave convened a group of accreditors to talk about the impact of the global COVID-19 pandemic on accreditation site visits. The five panelists shared their experiences so far, and discussed future planning for virtual and hybrid site-visits.
Decades ago, setting up annual assessment plans to assess student learning outcomes was the focus of much of our work. As we move forward, we recognize the potential value of stepping back from that annual cycle to take a broader look at program effectiveness. It’s the view from 10,000 feet so to speak, and it allows us to take a less iterative look at how programs contribute to the overall mission of the school, as well as how students learn both inside and outside of the classroom.
Are you involved in accreditation success for your institution? Wish you could hear from someone who’s been there? We talked with colleagues from three Texas community colleges about their accreditation struggles and success stories, and their challenges, successes, and surprises are useful to anyone working on this project.
With 35 years of data collected, we sought to identify the current trends that both work and need improving by asking the tough questions: Can assessment help us understand how and why, as well as what students learn? How can assessment help us to educate and develop the whole student?
A picture is worth a thousand words, but when it comes to assessment data, how do you make that picture? Through data visualization, you can tell the story of your critical data to a broader audience – be it faculty, students, stakeholders, or accrediting bodies.
An accreditation event is one of the most enormous yet often invisible projects an institution undertakes. It is also imperative that it be done well, and if approached in the right way can yield some inspiring change. The entire process is an opportunity to shift the culture around assessment and accreditation at your institution. Sounds daunting? It can be, if you don’t have a comprehensive plan.
When I first joined Virginia Tech, we were two years away from our ten-year reaccreditation report and I was tasked with making sure roughly 240 degree programs were in compliance with accreditation standards. Although we had a strong faculty and curriculum, many people weren’t used to setting learning outcomes and preparing for accreditation. I, of […]