Norming on the Guide to Assessment Rubric

Results of Norming on the Guide to Assessment rubric This image captures the data from OAI’s norming work on the first 2 dimensions of the May 17 Guide to Assessment rubric. The sample being assessed is the Sociology self-study from December 2009.

The red data are from Gary & Nils’ presentation to the Assessment, Teaching and Learning conference (“Compared to what?”) the end of April in Vancouver. ATL is a statewide conference hosted by the State Board of Community and Technical Colleges. We shared the rubric and the Sociology self study, divided the audience of 40 into 4 groups and had each group rate (un normed) the self-study using the rubric. We captured their data and displayed it in real time as a radar plot. From that effort we recruited several audience members to serve as external raters of the May 17 self studies.

Assessment Report Card for Provost’s Council (May 2010)

We might anticipate response to this report to be presented to the Provost’s council by the Vice Provost tomorrow.

attached file Assessment Report Card 5-10-10

Flexing the May Report deadline

Hi [Program Point],
We discussed the update on your recent assessment meeting, which was a great start.  Your OAI contact also shared that you may be feeling a bit stressed by the May timeline, so I want to say we’d rather keep working together to get a pithy, focused, and clear document that reflects the real* work you are doing.  So if you need more time and if you are open to the ongoing collaboration, when the results start coming in we’re happy to help pull together a report ready outline, find some time to sit down with you, and help get the report into shape.  If that goes into June or so, that’s fine on this end.
Let me know.


*”real” is the operative word that makes flexibility possible.
Dr. Gary R. Brown, Director
The Office of Assessment and Innovation
Washington State University
509 335-1352
509 335-1362 (fax)

MCC site permissions

FW: MCC site permissions Continue progress in building our capacity and refining our work

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From: Joshua Yeidel
Date: Tue, 04 May 2010 12:12:04 -0700


During the process of building the report for NWCCU 2009, we discovered that it is not a good idea to link sites to assessment reports.  There are three issues we encountered:

Link rot.  Sites move, but all the inbound links aren’t necessarily changed (or, in the case of links in PDF’s, they are not changeable).

Page updates.  People don’t necessarily want to freeze their sites just because they included them in a report, but the updated site may not say or show the same information that made it relevant to the report.

Permissions.  The report is a showcase, but the site may not be (or may not always be).  If part of the site is public and part not, there is increased chance of misunderstandings and errors causing confidential information to become public.

Audience focus.  Websites often have many functions which can be distracting or confusing when the reader is interested in an exhibit of a very particular point.

I recommend that departments wishing to include web pages as evidence convert the pages to PDF and include them as files in the Exhibits folder. This avoids all of the issues above.

On Windows systems, programs such as PDFCreator and CutePDF (both free) can be used to “print” any printable document (including a web page as viewed in a browser) to a PDF file.  On Mac OS X, there is a built-in “Save as PDF…” command in the “PDF” drop-down menu in the Print dialog box.

We hope to have the library for May reports available today or tomorrow.

On another topic:  per-document logins are not affected by “contribute” vs. “read-only” permissions.  The issue and the workaround are documented here:

— Joshua

On 5/4/10 10:07 AM, “Green, Kimberly” wrote:


MCC is going to link their sharepoint site in their assessment report to OAI.  Who will be able to see it?

Could you add the oai ad group? (I think it needs to be contribute, bc with just read permissions a person has to log in every darn time they want to read a doc.)

And could you add me as an owner, since I’m the point person there?

Or is there a better way?   (I expect that History will have a similar need re reporting.)


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