University of Nevada Las Vegas May 13, 2010. Moving Forward with Student Learning Assessment. Linda Suskie Vice President Middle States Commission on Higher Education. What’s the Big Deal with Assessment?. New England Association of Schools and Colleges, NEAS&C
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Moving Forward with Student Learning Assessment
Middle States Commission on Higher Education
What’s the Big Deal with Assessment?
Examined inputs, not outcomes
Title IV funds only to colleges with Federally recognized accreditors
Accreditors must comply with HEOA criteria
1986: First outcomes assessment language
1998: Assessment language strengthened
Regional accreditors rewrote standards
Learning is a partnership
Assessment is a tool
Research on effective pedagogies & student success
2007 Spellings Commission
2008 Higher Education Act negotiations
Public information on quality & effectiveness
Easy to find & understand
Systematic – not anecdotes
Other calls for accountability
Evidence-informed planning & decision-making
The Critical Role of Campus Leaders
Assessment permeates campus culture
campus leaders are truly and actively committed to assessment.
Why do we teach?
What do we most want students to learn?
Why those things and not others?
How do we help students learn those things?
How do we know they’re learning it?
Value efforts to improve teaching.
Assessment results = teaching effectiveness?
Assessment = scholarship?
Do we respect campus values?
Do we respect school, college & discipline values?
Do we respect what everyone has been doing?
Do we value collaboration?
Who are your assessment champions?
Faculty-led assessment steering committees?
What are they empowered to do?
Are they the right people?
Are they effective?
Realistic, flexible expectations
Simple, effective reporting requirements
Teachers are entitled to freedom in the classroom in discussing their subject.
AAUP 1940 Statement of Principles on Academic Freedom & Tenure
4. How Do We Support Assessment?
New programs & courses
Other new initiatives
Only do what’s useful
Quick & easy assessment tools
Realistic about quality
Academic program review
Use assessment results to inform important decisions.
Help faculty find time.
Freedom to fail
Constructive feedback on assessment reports
Administrative performance review
Faculty promotion & tenure
Outcomes: Student learning
Cost and cost-effectiveness
5. How Do We Value Assessment Efforts?
Recognition for teaching/learning grants