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Academic Program Planning Workshop Assessment of Student Learning. Lisa Beckstrand & La Vonne Cornell-Swanson, Academic Planners, Academic & Faculty Programs, UW System June 19, 2009. Overview. What is assessment? What are the benefits of assessment? How is assessment done?

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academic program planning workshop assessment of student learning

Academic Program Planning Workshop Assessment of Student Learning

Lisa Beckstrand & La Vonne Cornell-Swanson, Academic Planners, Academic & Faculty Programs, UW System

June 19, 2009

overview
Overview
  • What is assessment?
  • What are the benefits of assessment?
  • How is assessment done?
  • What constitutes data?
  • What is the process for collecting/analyzing data?
  • Examples of strong assessment plans.
  • Resources.
what is assessment
What is assessment?
  • “…the systematic collection of information about student learning, using the time, knowledge, expertise and resources available in order to inform decisions about how to improve learning.” (Walvoord, 2004)
  • Assessment means basing decisions about curriculum, pedagogy, staffing, advising and student support upon the data about student learning.
what are the benefits of assessment
What are the benefits of assessment?
  • Assessment can provide a basis for wiser planning, budgeting, decisions about curriculum, staffing, programming and student support.
  • Assessment can provide a basis for changes in curriculum and pedagogy.
  • Assessment done well creates a climate of engagement that supports student’s own commitment to learning and it empowers faculty and instructional academic staff to better understand student learning.
classroom assessment
Classroom Assessment
  • Classroom assessment occurs when:
    • faculty teaching a specific course evaluate student’s projects, assign grades, and use the information for their own improvement;
    • faculty engage in the scholarship of teaching and learning (SoTL).
program assessment
Program Assessment
  • Program assessment occurs when:
    • faculty use data to report annually to the department or program, outlining strengths and weaknesses of the student’s work in relation to departmental or program learning goals;
    • the department or program uses data from direct and indirect measures designed to assess program goals.
three s teps of program assessment
Three Steps of Program Assessment
  • Articulating program goals.
  • Gather evidence directly related to your goals.
  • Use the information for improvement.
direct measures include
Direct measures include:
  • Student work that is directly evaluated:
    • Exams
    • Papers
    • Projects
    • Computer Programs
    • Interaction with a Client
    • Musical Performances
    • Portfolios
    • Pre-test and post-test assessment tools
indirect measures include
Indirect Measures include:
  • Asking students or alumni how well they thought they learned, and tracking placements rates etc.
    • Exit Interviews
    • Focus Interviews
    • Alumni Surveys
    • Senior Surveys
process for collecting evaluating data
Process for Collecting/Evaluating data
  • Department or program faculty choose 4-5 methods of data collections (e.g. capstone project, pre/post-test tool, student exit interviews, alumni surveys).
  • Department or program faculty decide how often to collect data.
  • Program assessment committee meets annually or bi-annually to look at data in relation to learning goals.
  • Program assessment committee shares evaluation with full department.
  • Department faculty update the curriculum & other aspects of the program accordingly.
uw system examples

UW System Examples

UW-Oshkosh: BA/BS in Women’s Studies

UW-Madison: BS in Community & Nonprofit Leadership

resources
Resources
  • Walvoord, B.E. (2004). Assessment clear and simple: A practical guide for institutions, departments, and general education. San Francisco, CA: Jossey Bass.
  • Websites:
    • Academic Affairs Website for Academic Program Planning and Review: http://www.uwsa.edu/acss/planning/
    • UW-Madison Assessment website: http://www.provost.wisc.edu/assessment/manual/
    • Winona State U: http://www.winona.edu/air/resources.htm