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Origins and Development of the Lumina “Degree Qualifications Profile (DQP)” Peter Ewell National Center for Higher Education Management Systems (NCHEMS). SHEEO Annual Meeting July 13, 2012.

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Sheeo annual meeting july 13 2012

Origins and Development of the Lumina “Degree Qualifications Profile (DQP)”Peter EwellNational Center for Higher Education Management Systems (NCHEMS)

SHEEO Annual Meeting

July 13, 2012



How Is Quality Reflected in Goal 2025? degrees and credentials to 60 percent by 2025

  • Increasing the number of degrees requires attention to quality and transparency

  • Learning is valued by employers

  • High-quality degrees are essential element to a knowledge economy

  • .


Background
Background degrees and credentials to 60 percent by 2025

Qualifications Frameworks in Many Other Countries

Bologna Process Common Outcomes Benchmarks (e.g. “Dublin Descriptors”)

AAC&U LEAP Outcomes Statements and Rubrics

State-Level Outcomes Frameworks in U.S. (e.g. UT, WI, CSU, ND, VA)

Some Alignment of Cross-Cutting Abilities Statements Among Institutional Accreditors


Lumina degree profile
Lumina Degree Profile degrees and credentials to 60 percent by 2025

Three Degree Levels: Associate, Bachelor’s, and Master’s

Five Learning Areas: Specialized Knowledge, Broad/Integrative Knowledge, Intellectual Skills, Applied Learning, and Civic Learning

Framed as Successively Inclusive Hierarchies of “Action Verbs” to Describe Outcomes at Each Degree Level

Intended as a “Beta” Version, for Testing, Experimentation, and Further Development Beginning this Year


How the panel approached its work
How the Panel Approached Its Work degrees and credentials to 60 percent by 2025

Wide Literature Review (Other National QFs and Outcomes Adopted by U.S. Colleges and Universities)

Emphasis on Application and Integration (as Distinctively “American” Undergraduate Attributes)

But Confined to Things that Institutions Actively Teach (Therefore Few Values or Attitudes Included)

Emphasized Civic Learning as an Area Particularly Important for a Functioning Democracy


An example communication skills
An Example: Communication Skills degrees and credentials to 60 percent by 2025

Associate Level: The student presents substantially error-free prose in both argumentative and narrative forms to general and specialized audiences

Bachelor’s Level: The student constructs sustained, coherent arguments and/or narratives and/or explications of technical issues and processes, in two media, to general and specialized audiences

Master’s Level: The student creates sustained, coherent arguments or explanations and reflections on his or her work or that of collaborators (if applicable) in two or more media or languages, to both general and specialized audiences


An example engaging diverse perspectives
An Example: Engaging Diverse Perspectives degrees and credentials to 60 percent by 2025

Associate Level: Describes how different cultural perspectives would affect his or her interpretations of prominent problems in politics, society, the arts, and/or global relations

Bachelor’s Level: Constructs a cultural, political, or technological alternative vision of either the natural or human world, embodied in a written project, laboratory report, exhibit, performance, or community service design; defines the distinct patterns in this alternative vision; and explains how they differ from current realities

Master’s Level: Addresses a core issue in his/her field of study from the perspective of either a different point in time, or a different culture, political order, or technological context, and explains how the alternative perspective contributes to results that depart from current norms, dominant cultural assumptions, or technologies—all demonstrated through a project, paper, or performance


What happens next
What Happens Next? degrees and credentials to 60 percent by 2025

  • Growing Number of Lumina-Funded Follow-On Projects Designed to “Test Drive” the DQP (HLC, WASC, SACS, CIC, AASCU, AAC&U, etc.) Involving More than 120 Institutions

  • Other Efforts Consistent with DQP that are Not Directly Funded by Lumina (e.g. MA)

  • Results of Projects (and other efforts) Will be Used to Refine the DQP Further in 2014.


Testing the dqp the context opportunities and challenges
Testing The DQP : degrees and credentials to 60 percent by 2025The Context, Opportunities, and Challenges

  • Debra Humphreys

  • Association of American Colleges and Universities

  • [email protected]

  • www.aacu.org


National context
National Context degrees and credentials to 60 percent by 2025


National context1
National Context degrees and credentials to 60 percent by 2025

  • 1) Increasing Demand for Public Higher Education

  • 2) Declining Funding Sources

  • 3) Declining Public Confidence and Skepticism about Value

  • 4) Lack of Clarity about What a Degree Actually Represents

  • 5) Lack of Solidly Researched Assessment Tools for Full Range of Competencies at High Levels

  • DQP and Quality Collaboratives Respond Directly to 4 and 5.


There is a demand for more degrees and credentials to 60 percent by 2025numbers of college educated workers.

There is a demand for engaged and informed citizens, who are knowledgeable about themselves and the world around them

There is also a demand that those educated workers and citizens have higher levels of learning and knowledge, and some new and different skills and abilities.

The Quality Collaboratives Project and the DQP Also Respond to Long-term Trends: The World is Demanding More


Quality collaboratives
Quality Collaboratives degrees and credentials to 60 percent by 2025

  • QC is a three-year project funded by Lumina Foundation and the Hewlett Foundation and based on the DQP.

  • 9 states and 20 individual campuses working in state systems and/or 2-year/4-year partnerships

  • Campuses and systems are testing the use of the DQP to map, assess, and document student achievement across levels of learning .

  • Project outcomes: new assessment frameworks and approaches; policy frameworks to track student progress and achievement; and models of faculty development and leadership.


Opportunities
Opportunities degrees and credentials to 60 percent by 2025

  • DQP builds on research about how people learn and is designed to ensure both knowledge and ability to integrate and apply

  • DQP builds on LEAP and other efforts that have credibility among faculty and includes outcomes already endorsed by accreditors and employers

  • DQP Combines Vision with Strategy—Focuses on what students actually are required to do (projects, papers, research)

  • Opportunity to Do Assessment Right and Increase Achievement and Completion at the Same Time!


Challenges
Challenges degrees and credentials to 60 percent by 2025

  • Progress on articulating outcomes, but not enough connecting of outcomes explicitly to gen ed or major requirements;

  • We aren’t building faculty capacity/support fast enough;

  • Assessment approaches still localized rather than systemic; more disciplinary than cross-cutting;

  • Progress on assessment, but methods are still very local and reporting of results too confusing for public;

  • Pressures to advance completion at reduced costs present dangerous opportunity to skip over defining quality or assessing achievement in meaningful ways.


What is the role of sheeos becoming facilitators as well as regulators
What is the Role of SHEEOs? degrees and credentials to 60 percent by 2025Becoming Facilitators as well as Regulators

  • Use participation in DQP projects as opportunity to facilitate intercampus collaboration about common goals and assessment approaches (statewide mtgs, task forces, working groups);

  • Draw positive attention to the work of faculty and academic administrator change agents (focus on mid-level campus leaders);

  • Use participation in nat’l initiatives to draw public attention to the need for broad learning outcomes in the knowledge economy;

  • Use or modify LEAP VALUE Rubrics to provide statewide frameworks for assessing student work.


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SHEEO Annual Meeting | July 13, 2012 degrees and credentials to 60 percent by 2025

Assessing Student Learning:The Work in Progress in Massachusetts

Richard M. Freeland, Commissioner


The work in progress in massachusetts
The Work in Progress in Massachusetts degrees and credentials to 60 percent by 2025

The Challenge

  • Develop a system-level program of learning outcomes assessment that:

    • Allows Massachusetts to compare educational results with other states

    • Does not depend on standardized testing


The work in progress in massachusetts1
The Work in Progress in Massachusetts degrees and credentials to 60 percent by 2025

Why This Is Important


The work in progress in massachusetts2
The Work in Progress in Massachusetts degrees and credentials to 60 percent by 2025

The Context

  • Part of A comprehensive initiative to strengthen public higher education in Massachusetts

  • Relationship of college completion agenda to student learning agenda


The work in progress in massachusetts3
The Work in Progress in Massachusetts degrees and credentials to 60 percent by 2025

The Approach

  • Working Group on Student Learning Outcomes and Assessment

  • Two phases of work:

    • Campus-level Assessment: 2009–2010

    • System-level Assessment: 2010–2011


The work in progress in massachusetts4
The Work in Progress in Massachusetts degrees and credentials to 60 percent by 2025

Working Group Report: Key Principles

  • Acknowledge pre-eminent role of faculty

  • Must become integral to teaching/learning process

  • Should include common elements but allow room for variation

  • Must be feasible for wide use in terms of cost and faculty workload

  • Must be useful for program improvement

  • Must be useful for communicating results to public


The work in progress in massachusetts5
The Work in Progress in Massachusetts degrees and credentials to 60 percent by 2025

The Concept

  • Grounded in embedded assessment

  • Value of LEAP Framework and VALUE Rubrics

  • Allow for use of other measures (direct and indirect assessments)


The work in progress in massachusetts6
The Work in Progress in Massachusetts degrees and credentials to 60 percent by 2025

Implementing the Concept

  • In Massachusetts:

    • Becoming a LEAP State

    • Building a collaborative planning structure

    • Acquiring external support


The work in progress in massachusetts7
The Work in Progress in Massachusetts degrees and credentials to 60 percent by 2025

Implementing the Concept

  • State Partners:

    • The Boulder Conference

    • Support of SHEEO and AAC&U

    • Crafting a multi-state compact

    • Ongoing partnership with SHEEO


Questions
Questions degrees and credentials to 60 percent by 2025


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