Using results to inform and improve programs and learning is the foundation of assessment work. But what if the data or our interpretation is faulty?
Sometimes it can feel difficult to get excited about Institutional Effectiveness, not only as an individual but for a campus. Recently in a webinar Mount Saint Mary’s University shared their assessment and program review transformation, where Dr. Michele Starkey, Dr. Laurie Wright Garry, and Dr. Elizabeth Sturgeon reviewed some great stories and strategies for fostering […]
While writing an accreditation report is challenging, many will confess the on-site visit intimidates them even more. It doesn’t have to! Dr. Josephine Welsh has participated at many levels of accreditation, and shared her insights in her webinar. The Visiting Team The most critical aspect of this part of the accreditation process is actually empathy […]
Most assessment, accreditation, and IE directors didn’t set out to be in their roles. Typically the jobs were filled by organized faculty and staff with a true desire to understand and improve their institution. Happily this important field is growing, and is filled with people like YOU. While yes, assessment and accreditation do “check some […]
Fall semester is such an energizing time on campus! It is also a perfect time to begin thinking about your assessment plan for the year. Specifically, what instruments you want to use for measures. It is unfortunately common to gather data, only to discover it does not tell us what we set out to discover […]
While curriculum maps have been around for years, unless you have a pedagogy background you may not have ever created one. They are a useful visual representation of how a program’s learning outcomes are sequenced for students, and also a tool for faculty to make meaningful adjustments as well as streamline assessment. Read on for […]
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.
Reports can be boring, or worse – not useful. Incorporating story-telling into how we share student learning evidence presents not only a more enjoyable read, but a more comprehensive picture of our unique institutions and programs.
What’s missing in a lot of student learning assessment? Students! While it might sound wildly creative, including our most important stakeholders is easier (and more beneficial) than you might think.