August 4, 2011 University of Oregon | Division of Student Affairs. Student Affairs Assessment summit. 9-9:30am Welcome 9:30-10:30am SA Co-Curriculum and Assessment 10:40-11:40am Assessment Mythbusters 11:50am-1:00pm Lunch, Owning Assessment Panel
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As a table, please come up with one word that describes our current culture of assessment.One word
Describe how institution, division and department missions inform the planning and assessment process
Summarize the planning and assessment process
Understand the role of learning outcomes in shaping student learning experiences
Describe different types of data collection
Locate assessment tools provided by the division and institution
Understand role in creating division culture of assessment
Meet at least one new division colleagueLearning outcomes
Joe Levy, StudentVoice
Assessment – The ongoing, systematic process of collecting, analyzing, and using information about divisional, departmental, and programmatic effectiveness, in order to improve student learning (Upcraft & Schuh, 1996; Anderson, Bresciani, & Zelna, 2004).
Research – In contrast to assessment, which “guides good practice,” research “guides theory development and tests concepts” and has “broader implication for student affairs and higher education” (Upcraft & Schuh, 2001, p. 5).Common Language
Student Learning – “Learning is a complex, holistic, multi-centric activity that occurs throughout and across the college experience. Student development, and the adaptation of learning to students’ lives and needs, are fundamental parts of engaged learning and liberal education. True liberal education requires the engagement of the whole student – and the deployment of every resource in higher education” (Learning Reconsidered, 2004, p. 6).Common Language
Assessment is not an extra task, it is a way of being
Informed by the Missions and Goals of the Institution, Student Affairs and Department.
Written to demonstrate what the department will do to contribute to the Student Affairs mission, which then contributes to the Institutional Mission.
Informs the development of programs and services within the department.
Documented in the Department Strategic Plan
What division learning domains intersect with your department mission?
Under the domain(s), what do you do aspire to teach students?
Create department learning areas.
Define what theories you use to teach in outcome areas.
Create shared department understanding of learning area area based on theory.Steps to Defining Department Learning Areas
To develop an understanding and appreciation of human differences; cultural competency; social and civic responsibility
To develop confidence and ability to be self-reliant and self-sufficient, and an awareness of the influence and impact between the individual and the community
To develop a lifestyle that acknowledges the dissonance and congruence between present reality and future aspirations and makes choices knowing there is a continuum of results that impact well-being
Assessment and Planning Cycle Occurring at Every Level