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Small Changes, Big Rewards: Integrating the Disparate Threads of Undergraduate Education to Create a Learning-Centered Institution C arol Burton, Assistant Vice Chancellor, Undergraduate Studies Melissa Canady Wargo, Director, Assessment Western Carolina University AASCU July 24-27, 2008.

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Small Changes, Big Rewards: Integrating the Disparate Threads of Undergraduate Education to Create a Learning-Centered InstitutionCarol Burton, Assistant Vice Chancellor, Undergraduate StudiesMelissa Canady Wargo, Director, AssessmentWestern Carolina UniversityAASCUJuly 24-27, 2008


Introduction
Introduction Threads of Undergraduate Education to Create a Learning-Centered Institution

  • Our roles at WCU

  • Our roles in developing & implementing integrated learning at WCU

  • Synthesis: A pathway to intentional learning www.wcu.edu/sacs/qep


Overarching goal
Overarching Goal Threads of Undergraduate Education to Create a Learning-Centered Institution

To empower students to integrate knowledge and skills from their academic and co-curricular experiences to become intentional participants in their own learning.


Objectives
Objectives Threads of Undergraduate Education to Create a Learning-Centered Institution

  • Outline process used to develop and refine model for integrated learning

  • Describe organizational changes

  • Discuss assessment framework

  • Share lessons learned


Western carolina university

9,000 students Threads of Undergraduate Education to Create a Learning-Centered Institution

Rural, WNC

480 full-time faculty

130 degree programs

UNC System

Public, Regional

Boyer Model

Endowed Professors (25+)

Honors College (1250+)

Regional Stewardship

Civic Engagement

Western Carolina University


Integrated learning at wcu
Integrated Learning at WCU Threads of Undergraduate Education to Create a Learning-Centered Institution


Learning relationships source dr l dee fink

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Courses within their Major

Other Courses at the University

Co-Curricular Activities

Other Life Experiences

Learning Relationships Source: Dr. L. Dee Fink


Process development of theme
Process-Development of Theme Threads of Undergraduate Education to Create a Learning-Centered Institution

  • Early Stage: Broad-based involvement; iterative 2-year data collection and data review

  • Mid Stage: Narrow focus and further refinement; 9 month institutional conversation

  • Late Stage: Development of plan and institutional buy-in; 6 month drafting and revising


Process implementation
Process - Implementation Threads of Undergraduate Education to Create a Learning-Centered Institution

  • Pilot Phase: 3 – 5 years

  • Program Assessment: 5 – 6 years

  • Full Implementation: 6 – 10 years


Organizational structure
Organizational Structure Threads of Undergraduate Education to Create a Learning-Centered Institution

  • QEP Steering Committee

    • QEP Technology Committee

    • QEP Assessment Committee

  • Liberal Studies Committee

  • Council on Undergraduates’ Early Experiences

  • Strategic Planning Committee


Alignment with nat l trends
Alignment with Nat’l Trends Threads of Undergraduate Education to Create a Learning-Centered Institution

  • AAC&U Integrative Learning: Opportunities to connect (2007)

  • AAC&U/Carnegie Statement on Integrative Learning (2004)

  • Keeling Learning Reconsidered (2004)

  • AAC&U Greater Expectations: A new vision for learning as a nation goes to college (2002)

  • Boyer Scholarship of Engagement (1995)


Office of undergraduate studies
Office of Undergraduate Studies Threads of Undergraduate Education to Create a Learning-Centered Institution

  • QEP Oversight

  • Service Learning

  • Liberal Studies

  • American Democracy Project

  • Undergraduates’ Early Experiences


Implementation
Implementation Threads of Undergraduate Education to Create a Learning-Centered Institution

Academic units:

  • Chemistry

  • Recreation Therapy

  • History

  • Health Information Administration

    Examples of non-academic units:

  • Coulter Faculty Center

  • Residential Living

  • Mountain Heritage Center


Assessment framework
Assessment Framework Threads of Undergraduate Education to Create a Learning-Centered Institution

Learning Domains

  • Understanding of self

  • Intellectual flexibility and versatility, and

  • Integrated learning


Assessment framework1
Assessment Framework Threads of Undergraduate Education to Create a Learning-Centered Institution

Learning Outcomes

  • Integrate information from a variety of contexts

  • Solve complex problems

  • Communicate effectively and responsibly

  • Practice civic engagement

  • Clarify and act on purpose and values


Assessment framework2
Assessment Framework Threads of Undergraduate Education to Create a Learning-Centered Institution


Assessment framework3
Assessment Framework Threads of Undergraduate Education to Create a Learning-Centered Institution


Assessment framework4
Assessment Framework Threads of Undergraduate Education to Create a Learning-Centered Institution

Dimensions of assessment

  • Process evaluation; evaluation of institutional support and effort (Inputs)

  • Student Learning Outcomes assessment (Outputs)


Assessment framework5
Assessment Framework Threads of Undergraduate Education to Create a Learning-Centered Institution

Goals of assessment

  • Students’ ability to integrate information across content and context

  • Effectiveness of program/service

  • Impact of formative and analytic mechanisms to guide improvements


Lessons learned
Lessons Learned… Threads of Undergraduate Education to Create a Learning-Centered Institution

  • Incorporate student learning outcomes

  • Project a realistic budget and accompanying timeline for implementation

  • Include faculty rewards/development to support plan

  • Carefully define terms, e.g., “engaged learning,” for all constituents

  • Do homework; build grassroots support

  • Connect plan to strategic, other key plans


Lessons learned cont d
Lessons Learned…cont’d Threads of Undergraduate Education to Create a Learning-Centered Institution

  • Create an effective, realistic, assessment plan at outset

  • Learning goals should drive assessment

  • Use assessment to show successes

  • Include student voice in any plan

  • Student learning is not limited to the classroom


Questions
Questions Threads of Undergraduate Education to Create a Learning-Centered Institution


Contact us
Contact Us Threads of Undergraduate Education to Create a Learning-Centered Institution


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