From: Brown, Gary
Sent: Sunday, November 08, 2009 1:14 PM
To: Peterson, Nils; Ater-Kranov, Ashley
Cc: Green, Kimberly; Desrosier, Theron; Jacobson, Jayme K; ‘Jane Sherman’
Subject: a of a beta 2
Attached is a working version of A of A Beta 2. I’m trying to build into our Assessment of Assessment rubric and template some of Friday’s language from NWCC&U, focused so far mostly in the template (Nils, for Rocket Science mock model report update). I’m working mostly on the digest form right now so more alignment with expanded criteria will be necessary in the ongoing iterations. I’ll be working on squeezing in more language from NWCC&U, though it is deliberate in the level of abstraction they use’a very clear position taken that we operationalize it ourselves as one size will not fit all universities. Our authority, such as it is, will come from the stance the WSU Executive Council takes and our ability to convey the principles of assessment as useful.
The meeting was literally a reading and Ron Baker’s interpretation of the new standards, which are somewhat different from what was recently posted. What is key will be clarifying for ourselves the language of:
Used everywhere and in different ways, we will want our language to align as much as possible with the way NWCC&U is using the terminology. Ron Baker appears to have worked on point to revise and explain the standards, so if we have questions we can go to him. Jane will be here in December and we hope to confirm our approach to the language at that time, but the working clarification I have so far come to understand (awaiting confirmation) is that Core Themes equates to WSU’s four strategic “goals”: http://www.strategicplan.wsu.edu/a of a set beta 2 (Yes, we have lots to operationalize in the four goal language in ways that programs and faculty can really make use of in practice). Our institutional goals for meeting the core themes in the learning realm are still the six Gs of the B. Programs will have objectives which are generally measurable (though function more like discrete program goals in this scheme) and outcomes which are what is actually measured. We may have many objectives, for instance, but focus at any given time on actually doing that measurement to determine if we have achieved our outcomes.
(Jane, please weigh in if this corresponds to your understanding. Needless to say, terminology can be a real bottleneck, is debated among experts, and we have little time to count dancing pin-headed angels, or something like that ..)
Anybody want to join me in CLA point meeting Tuesday 10:30-12:00? CLA has a mix of chairs and good folks identified to make assessment happen in their programs.
I also want to get the revised A of A and template out to all Liaisons this week, sooner rather than later, and start setting up meetings to walk them through the Rocket Science mock report.
Dr. Gary R. Brown, Director
The Office of Assessment and Innovation
Washington State University
509 335-1362 (fax)
attached draft reporting template and rubric a of a set beta 2