Our model, an “adult dose,” and the note that silenced the SACS discussion list


From: SACS Commission on Colleges Discussion Forum [mailto:SACS-L@LISTSERV.UHD.EDU] On Behalf Of Brown, Gary
Sent: Tuesday, January 26, 2010 1:00 PM
To: SACS-L@LISTSERV.UHD.EDU
Subject: Re: [SACS] assessment reflection reporting

Hi Rebecca (and  SACS folks),

We provide a template for reporting that includes 5 dimensions (available athttp://oai.wsu.edu/) :

1.      Program Description
2.      Assessment Team and System
3.      Goals, Outcomes, and Measures
4.      Analysis and Action Plan
5.      And Leadership

We understand that leadership should be integral with the team and system, but since the leadership dimension has proved to be so pivotal, we have broken it out.

In addition to the template, we have a rich rubric and levels that guide the assessment of every program’s assessment efforts.

Each program report on each of the preceding dimensions is rated as absent, minimal, emerging, established, effective, or outstanding.  Scores are provided by assessment experts independently and external experts are encouraged in this formative process.

Each program’s rating is dynamic to encourage continuous improvement, and program scores roll up into college and institutional reports. (The process is new and action plans are being developed and rated this term.)

We have survived the first round of ratings with mostly appreciation for the guidance and recognition of the growing importance of this kind of work.  Obviously there are (vocal) outliers.

Gary

Dr. Gary R. Brown, Director
The Office of Assessment and Innovation
Washington State University
509 335-1352
509 335-1362 (fax)
browng@wsu.edu

From: SACS Commission on Colleges Discussion Forum [mailto:SACS-L@LISTSERV.UHD.EDU] On Behalf Of Lewis, Rebecca J
Sent: Tuesday, January 26, 2010 11:23 AM
To: SACS-L@LISTSERV.UHD.EDU
Subject: [SACS] assessment reflection reporting

Hello All,
UT Arlington has a mature assessment process with pretty standard documentation – an assessment plan; a results report, which documents any proposals for improvement; and a report that documents any improvements that were based on assessment.  However, we are looking for a way to contextualize and to some extent summarize assessment findings.

We are considering asking Deans and VPs to create a reporteach assessment cycle reflecting on the most meaningful outcomes and findings as well as on faculty/staff engagement in the assessment process. We are also hoping this will increase administrative engagement and awareness about assessment across campus.  Below my signature are the proposed contents for this report.

Is anyone out there doing something like this already?  If so, what are you asking to have included in the report?  How is it working on your campus?
I would also like feedback about the proposed contents.

Thanks for your assistance with this!

Rebecca Lewis
Assistant Director of Outcomes Assessment
Institutional Research, Planning and Effectiveness
817-272-5133
UEP Home Page

Dean/VP Assessment Reflection Report
Reflection on important and meaningful outcomes and findings:
A.     How did the units in your school/college or division choose the outcomes to be assessed?
B.     Please describe a few of the most significant findings from the assessments conducted by your units during this cycle.
C.     For colleges/schools, are there any instances where improved student learning can be demonstrated as a result of assessment and subsequent improvements to programs and services?
D.     For divisions, are there any instances where improved productivity and/or efficiency can be demonstrated as a result of assessment and subsequent improvements to programs and services?
Reflection on faculty/staff engagement in the assessment process:
E.      Describe the level of faculty/staff engagement in the assessment process.
F.      Describe any particular examples where faculty/staff have shown initiative and excitement about assessment and the opportunities that assessment can create?
G.    What can the college/school/division do to improve communication about assessment within the unit(s)?
H.     What can the college/school/division do to increase faculty/staff engagement with regard to assessment?
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