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Using the AAC&U VALUE Rubrics for Student Learning Outcomes Assessment & Accountability Reporting. Christine Keller VSA Executive Director Teri Lyn Hinds VSA Associate Director Paul Klute University of Kansas. Higher Learning Commission Annual Conference Chicago, IL ▪ April 8, 2013.

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Using the AAC&U VALUE Rubrics for Student Learning Outcomes Assessment & Accountability Reporting

Christine Keller

VSA Executive Director

Teri Lyn Hinds

VSA Associate Director

Paul Klute

University of Kansas

Higher Learning Commission Annual Conference

Chicago, IL ▪ April 8, 2013


Presentation Outline

Why campus-level student learning outcomes evaluation and reporting is necessary

University of Kansas’s experience implementing the AAC&U VALUE Rubrics campus-wide

VSA College Portrait template for reporting results for accountability


Voluntary System of Accountability

  • Initiative launched in 2007 by public universities

  • Supply straightforward, comparable information on the undergraduate student experience through a common web report – the College Portrait. www.collegeportraits.org

  • Support innovation in the measurement and reporting of student learning outcomes


The Heat is On

  • Unprecedented public challenges for higher education to be more accountable for results.

  • Accompanying external demands for information about student and institutional performance are growing calls for institutions and accreditors to become more transparent about what they do and the results they achieve. (Ewell, 2010)


Pressure to Evolve

The culture of college needs to evolve, particularly with regard to “perverse institutional incentives” that reward colleges for enrolling and retaining students rather than for educating them.

Quote from Richard Arum in “Academically Adrift”, 18 January 2011, Inside Higher Ed


University of Kansas

  • Introduced to the campus community fall 2011

    • Kansas Board of Regents began talks about learner outcomes

    • Reacting to feedback from HLC regarding improving assessment practices

    • Capitalizing on small scale assessment work being done in CTE


Fall 2011

  • Undergraduate Written Communication Learner Outcomes

    • AAC&U Value Rubrics provided to departments to start the discussion

    • 60% of departments used the AAC&U Value Rubric with no changes

    • 95% of all UG departments participated

    • 90% response rate (student-level assessments)


KU’s Process

  • Making it easy for departments to participate


KU’s Process

  • Assessment Workshops

    • Primary and Secondary Readers

    • Undergraduate coordinators

    • Department Chairs

  • Explanation of the process

  • Calibration exercise

  • Sharing of best practices

  • Discussion about using the data


KU’s Process


KU’s Process


Training the Readers

  • Provost’s Office

    • Provided process information – timeline, payment info, technical questions

  • Center for Teaching Excellence

    • Calibration exercises for primary and secondary readers

    • Workshops for departments on using the LO data

    • Explained the difference between grading and assessment (and how 1 assignment can be used for both)


Assignment

  • A local paper published an article featuring a scientist’s alternative to global warming (a decline in sunspots).

    • By the end of this assignment you should have practice at: 1) critiquing such journalistic presentations of science; 2) researching credible information that can be brought to bear when discussing a specific claim made in the media; 3) synthesizing that information to make a coherent argument based on reliable evidence.


AAC&U Value Rubric – Written Communication


AAC&U Value Rubric – Written Communication


VSA May 2012 Board Decisions

College Portrait re-focus from “college selection tool” to “consumer information tool to demonstrate effectiveness of educational programs”

Student Learning Outcome Instrument options:

CAAP, CLA, ETS Proficiency Profile

AAC&U VALUE rubrics – critical thinking, written communication


VSA Reporting Template

  • Common template for all 8 SLO options

  • Institutional context and use of results gets precedence

    • Five questions on administration experience

    • Sample characteristics compared to population characteristics

    • Institutions encouraged to keep explanations brief

  • Display of results is graphical, can include subscale results


College Portrait website: www.collegeportraits.org

Reports & Presentations: www.voluntarysystem.org

Twitter:@VSAvoice

Blog: http://vsavoice.blogspot.com/


More Information

Paul Klute, University of Kansas

pklute@ku.edu

Christine Keller, VSA Executive Director

ckeller@aplu.org

Teri Hinds, VSA Associate Director

thinds@aplu.org


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