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BUILDING A CULTURE OF ASSESSMENT AT ALBANY STATE UNIVERSITY. Ian Sakura-Lemessy Ruth Salter Amitabh Singh. Workshop Goals. Explain and describe new assessment process and timeline Illustrate key elements of new five-column reporting format

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BUILDING A CULTURE OF ASSESSMENT AT ALBANY STATE UNIVERSITY

Ian Sakura-Lemessy

Ruth Salter

Amitabh Singh


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Workshop Goals

  • Explain and describe new assessment process and timeline

  • Illustrate key elements of new five-column reporting format

  • Describe and explain new web-based submission process

  • Detail key aspects of new assessment plan due September, 2008


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What is Assessment?

Academic Assessment is the systematic and ongoing

method of gathering, analyzing and using information

from measured outcomes to improve student learning.

Academic assessment involves three tasks:

  • Identify student learning outcomes

  • Measure whether the department is achieving the student learning outcomes, and

  • Provide steps for improvement based on the results of data


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What is Evaluation?

Evaluation uses assessment information to

support decisions on maintaining, changing, or

discarding instructional or programmatic

practices. These strategies can impact:

  • The nature and extent of learning or the provision of academic support services

  • Curricular decision making

  • Correspondence between learning and the aims and objectives of teaching and service provision

  • The relationship between learning and the environments in which learning takes place


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Changes in ASU’s Assessment Reporting (2008-2010)

  • Converted from a one-year reporting cycle to a two-year cycle

  • Implementation of a new web-based submission format for all assessment reports

  • New five-column reporting format

  • Assessment activities coordinated by Dr. Ruth Salter and Mr. Amitabh Singh


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New timeline

  • Summer, 2008 : Assessment workshops

  • September, 2008: Submit plans

  • September ‘08 - April ’09: Implement plans and provide mid-term results

  • August ’09 - April ‘10: Continue implementation

  • April 2010: Submit findings and changes to be implemented based on the findings


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Assessment TimelineSeptember 2008

  • Assessment plan must be submitted via ASU’s new electronic submission process in the five-column format that is available on ASU’s assessment website.

  • Be sure to use the form that applies to your academic or administrative unit.

  • You can also view a demo at the accreditation website that explains the online submission process in greater detail.

    URL: http://asu-sacs.asurams.edu/assessment.aspx


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Elements of the Assessment Plan

Department or Program Goals:

  • Each academic unit must submit an assessment plan with one major unit goal.

  • Each Administrative or educational support unit must submit two goals.

    Outcomes:

  • For each goal, all units must submit three objectives (student learning or administrative outcomes) for each goal.

    Means of Assessment:

  • Each academic unit must submit three means of assessment for each student learning outcomes.

  • Each administrative unit must submit at least one means of assessment for each objective.


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Spring 2009

Each unit must submit an annual progress report indicating action steps toward closing the loop on the 2008-2010 assessment cycle.


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Spring 2009

Describe and discuss the evaluation method (means of assessment) for each outcome.

  • Target Audience

  • Data Collection

  • Tools Used

  • Data Analysis


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Spring 2009

Implementation of Assessment

Describe who will be doing what and when they

will be doing it.

  • data collection

  • analysis of data

  • writing the results

  • reporting them

  • making decision on results and in what time frame?


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Spring 2009

This is also an opportunity to list your resource or research limitations, if there are any

  • Who is responsible for what?

  • Time Line: this time-line should demonstrate action steps taken in meeting critical tasks related to completing assessment report

  • Allocation of Resources

  • Data, technical support, surveys and other needs


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Spring 2010

Full report documenting results of 2008-2010 two-year assessment plan submitted via the web-based submission process. The final report should include goals, objectives, expected outcomes and documentation of use of results (closing the loop).

  • What did the results of your assessment show?

  • What did you learn about the outcomes assessed?

  • What was your assessment plan not able to tell you?

  • Based on your results, what decisions were made about program, planning, policy and your assessment plan?

  • What was changed? What was kept? And how have they affected: Planning, Budgeting and Policy


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WHO NEEDS TO COMPLY

  • All degree granting programs

  • All administrative and academic support units



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Assessment Plan Due September 2008

  • See Handout

  • Only three columns of the five-column format should be filled

    • Goal

    • Objectives

    • Means of assessment


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How to develop goal statements

  • Must be linked to your unit’s mission and the overall mission of Albany State University

  • Must be general and broad


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Goal or Objective?

  • Both are used to describe intended results of education activities

  • Both provide direction for assessment

  • What’s the difference: level of precision


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Goals

  • Express results in general terms

  • Describe broad learning concepts like clear communication, problem solving, ethical awareness

  • Often come from the University’s mission statement


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ASU’s mission

The primary mission of Albany State University is to educate students to become outstanding contributors to society. Offering Bachelor's, Master's and Education Specialist degrees and a variety of non-degree educational programs, the University emphasizes the liberal arts as the foundation for all learning by exposing students to the humanities, fine arts, social sciences and the sciences. Global learning is fostered through a broad-based curriculum, diverse University activities and the expanding use of technology.


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Sample goals from ASU’s mission

The primary mission of Albany State University is to educate students to become outstanding contributors to society. Offering Bachelor's, Master's and Education Specialist degrees and a variety of non-degree educational programs, the University emphasizes the liberal arts as the foundation for all learning by exposing students to the humanities, fine arts, social sciences and the sciences. Global learning is fostered through a broad-based curriculum, diverse University activities and the expanding use of technology.


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Sample Goals from the Mission

Upon completion of the baccalaureate degree ASU graduates will:

  • Contribute to society

  • Apply a strong foundation in the liberal arts to work and life activities

  • Think globally

  • Use technology effectively


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Objectives/Outcomes

  • Express results in specific terms

  • Describe specific behaviors students should exhibit

  • Always come from the faculty who teach and assess the program or staff who implement and assess the service


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Elements of Expected Outcomes (Objectives)

  • Describe and outline expected outcomes in clear and concise language

  • Expected outcomes may include the following:

    • Intended Program Outcomes

    • Intended Process Outcomes

    • Intended Student Learning Outcomes

    • Intended Student Development Outcomes

    • Intended Faculty Development Outcomes

    • Intended Staff Development Outcomes


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Blooms Taxonomy

  • Knowledge

  • Comprehension

  • Application

  • Analysis

  • Synthesis

  • Evaluation


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Cite

Define

Describe

Identify

Indicate

Know

Label

List

Match

Memorize

Name

Outline

Recall

Recognize

Record

Select

Knowledge Verbs


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Arrange

Classify

Convert

Describe

Defend

Diagram

Discuss

Distinguish

Estimate

Explain

Extend

Generalize

Infer

Locate

Outline

Paraphrase

Predict

Restate

Summarize

Translate

Comprehension Verbs


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Apply

Change

Compute

Construct

Demonstrate

Discover

Dramatize

Employ

Illustrate

Modify

Organize

Operate

Practice

Prepare

Solve

Use

Schedule

Manipulate

Application Verbs


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Analyze

Appraise

Break down

Calculate

Categorize

Debate

Determine

Diagram

Test

Relate

Differentiate

Distinguish

Examine

Experiment

Identify

Infer

Outline

Question

Select

Solve

Analysis Verbs


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Arrange

Assemble

Collect

Combine

Compile

Compose

Construct

Create

Design

Devise

Explain

Formulate

Generate

Perform

Re-construct

Revise

Synthesis Verbs


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Appraise

Assess

Choose

Compare

Conclude

Contrast

Evaluate

Grade

Rate

Evaluation Verbs

  • Criticize

  • Decide

  • Relate

  • Revise

  • Score

  • Select

  • Summarize

  • Support

  • Value


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Sample Outcomes/Objectives from the Goals

Upon completion of ASU 1200

  • 100% of the students will document completion of 120 hours of community service

  • 100% will communicate clearly in a 2 page written paper

  • 90% of the students will have a passport

  • 100% will use RamMail for course activities


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Means of AssessmentAcademic units

Academic units must submit three means of assessment for each student learning outcome (objectives)

  • One means of assessment must be a “direct” measure of evaluation

    • Require students to display their knowledge and skills as they respond to the instrument itself.

    • Examples: Objective tests, essays, presentations, and classroom assignments

  • One means of assessment may be “indirect”

    • Students reflect on their learning rather than to demonstrate it

    • Examples: Surveys, interviews and focus groups

  • The final means of assessment can either be a direct or indirect measure


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Means of AssessmentSupport units

Non-Academic units (support units) must submit at least one means of assessment for each learning outcome


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RESOURCES

  • Assessment Workshops

  • Survey design and analysis assistance, data resources, and other support from IR&E

  • Resources available on the web


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Your turn…

  • Questions?

  • Comments?

  • Suggestions?


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Demonstration

Amitabh Singh will demonstrate the submission process


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Contacts

Assessment Support:

Ruth Salter, ACAD 383G ext. 3986

Technical Support:

Amitabh Singh, President’s Building

ext. 7845


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