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General Studies Assessment. Leslie Rach Gallaudet University, October 2008 Email: [email protected] Top Five Reasons to be your Department’s Assessment Coordinator. Bi-weekly flow of coffee and danish from Pat’s office.

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General studies assessment

General Studies Assessment

Leslie Rach

Gallaudet University, October 2008

Email: [email protected]


Top five reasons to be your department s assessment coordinator
Top Five Reasons to be your Department’s Assessment Coordinator

  • Bi-weekly flow of coffee and danish from Pat’s office.

  • Filling up spare hours formerly spent obsessing about the election.

  • Endless opportunities for career advancement.

  • The occasional chance to hobnob with MSCHE members.

  • It beats being a sub-prime mortgage lender.


The general education assessment cycle
The General Education CoordinatorAssessment Cycle



Click the highest number of a statement that is true for you
Click the highest number of a statement that is true for you.

  • I’m new to classroom assessment.

  • Classroom assessment of students is routine for me.

  • I’ve helped implement program assessment.

  • I run program and/or institutional assessment.


Have you ever used clickers to collect data
Have you ever used clickers to collect data? you.

  • Not yet.

  • No. It’s a bad idea.

  • Yes. I’m glad I did.

  • Yes. It was a bad idea.

  • I’m tired; can’t you just lecture?


Which of the following best describes your department s view of assessment efforts on campus
Which of the following best describes your department’s view of assessment efforts on campus?

  • It is critical for improving student learning experiences.

  • It takes away faculty time from doing original research in the discipline.

  • It’s okay as long as I don’t have to do it.

  • I want to learn more about it; I wish I had time.


What is the highest step your department has achieved even partially
What is the HIGHEST step your department has achieved, even view of assessment efforts on campus?partially?

  • Write Learning Outcomes

  • Develop Assessments

  • Collect & Analyze Data

  • Decision Makers Discuss Results

  • Faculty Alter Instruction Based on Results

  • None of the Above


What is the highest step your department has achieved completely
What is the HIGHEST step your department has achieved view of assessment efforts on campus?completely?

  • Write Learning Outcomes

  • Develop Assessments

  • Collect & Analyze Data

  • Decision Makers Discuss Results

  • Faculty Alter Instruction Based on Result

  • None of the Above


Click on the easiest step for your department
Click on the EASIEST step for your department view of assessment efforts on campus?

  • Write Learning Outcomes

  • Develop Assessments

  • Collect & Analyze Data

  • Decision Makers Discuss Results

  • Faculty Alter Instruction Based on Results


Click on the hardest step for your department
Click on the HARDEST step for your department view of assessment efforts on campus?

Write Learning Outcomes

Develop Assessments

Collect & Analyze Data

Decision Makers Discuss Results

Faculty Alter Instruction Based on Results


If you reached step 4 even partially which step actually happened next
If you reached step 4, even partially, which step actually happened next?

  • Rewrote Learning Outcomes

  • Altered Assessments

  • Collect & Analyze Data

  • Decision Makers Discuss Results

  • Faculty Altered Instruction Based on Results

  • Nothing Happened.


Which step is of most concern to faculty
Which step is of most concern to FACULTY? happened next?

Write Learning Outcomes

Develop Assessments

Collect & Analyze Data

Decision Makers Discuss Results

Faculty Alter Instruction Based on Results

None of the above


Gallaudet undergraduate student learning outcomes
Gallaudet Undergraduate Student Learning Outcomes happened next?

Continued next slide…


Skills based happened next?outcomes are easier to assess than dispositions and knowledge. General Studies has gone through an assessment cycle with the following two outcomes:

Continued next slide…


  • Dispositions and knowledge happened next?outcomes have proven to be more difficult to assess than skills. We do not yet have instruments to assess these outcomes:

Continued next slide…


Average mean student writing scores
Average (mean) Student Writing Scores happened next?

Emerging

Mastering




What actions would you recommend
What actions would you recommend? happened next?

  • Based on the writing data I showed, what can we do:

  • 1. at the course level?

  • 2. at the program level?

  • 3. at the institutional level?


Photo credits
Photo Credits happened next?

  • Rubik’s Cube courtesy of cybertvnews.com


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