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Designing and Assessing an Integrated Educational Experience: Alignment of Student Learning Outcomes across Curricular and Co-Curricular Units at Georgia Gwinnett College (GGC). Juliana S Lancaster Georgia Gwinnett College. A Brief Review of GGC.

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juliana s lancaster georgia gwinnett college

Designing and Assessing an Integrated Educational Experience: Alignment of Student Learning Outcomes across Curricular and Co-Curricular Units at Georgia Gwinnett College (GGC)

Juliana S Lancaster

Georgia Gwinnett College

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A Brief Review of GGC

  • 4-year, State College in the University System of Georgia
  • Authorized by GA Legislature in May 2005, Opened in August 2006

Year Enrollment Faculty

Fall 2006 Enrollment: 118 11

Fall 2007 Enrollment: 787 100

Fall 2011 Enrollment: 7784 500+ (305FT, 200PT)

Fall 2012 Estimate: 9300

  • Degree Programs
    • Fall 2006: BBA Business; BS Biology, Psychology
    • Fall 2007: BBA Business; BS Biology, Psychology, Information Technology
    • Fall 2011: BBA Business; BS Biology, Psychology, Information Technology, Mathematics; BA English, History, Political Science; BSEd: Early Childhood Ed, Special Ed
address accreditor expectations
Address AccreditorExpectations

The Higher Learning Commission

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Begin with the Vision, Mission and Strategic Plan

Establish Institutional Student Learning Outcomes derived from Vision, Mission and Plan

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Begin with the Vision, Mission and Strategic Plan

Establish Institutional Student Learning Outcomes derived from Vision, Mission and Plan

Establish Program-level Student Learning Outcomes linked to Institutional Outcomes

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STOP
  • Consider your institution-wide SLOs and those of an academic major or Student Affairs office on your campus (yours or another)
    • Map connections between the two sets of SLOs
    • How does the program support the institution’s attainment of the institutional SLOs?
  • Share with 1-2 people near you
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Begin with the Vision, Mission and Strategic Plan

Establish Institutional Student Learning Outcomes derived from Vision, Mission and Plan

Establish Program-level Student Learning Outcomes linked to Institutional Outcomes

Map the relationships between Program-level Outcomes and Courses

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Begin with the Vision, Mission and Strategic Plan

Establish Institutional Student Learning Outcomes derived from Vision, Mission and Plan

Establish Program-level Student Learning Outcomes linked to Institutional Outcomes

Map the relationships between Program-level Outcomes and Courses

Select or create and implement assessments of each outcome

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STOP

Think of a course or program within the major/office you thought of in Exercise 1

  • List your learning outcomes for the course/program
  • Match them to the learning outcomes for the major/office
  • Add this to your map of program and institutional SLOs

Share with 1-2 people near you.

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The Integrated Educational Experience

Result:

An overall

integrated

structure

linking

all levels

of the

institution

Institutional Vision, Mission, Strategic Plan

Integrated Educational Experience SLOs

Student Affairs Outcomes

Program of Study Outcomes

Activity Objectives

Course Objectives

Assessment Measures

Assessment Measures

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Review data to determine achievement status of each program outcome

Reports submitted on all individual measures in each program.

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Compile summary of unit level achievement in general

Review data to determine achievement status of each program outcome

Reports submitted on all individual measures in each program.

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Compile overall dashboard-style view of achievement status of each institutional outcome

Compile summary of unit level achievement in general

Review data to determine achievement status of each program outcome

Reports submitted on all individual measures in each program.

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Compile summary of action plans including resources needed

Compile overall dashboard-style view of achievement status of each institutional outcome

Compile summary of unit level achievement in general

Review data to determine achievement status of each program outcome

Reports submitted on all individual measures in each program.

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The Integrated Educational Experience

Institutional Vision, Mission, Strategic Plan

Result:

An institution-wide, strategic perspective on academic effectiveness

Integrated Educational Experience SLOs:

Institutional Patterns

Student Affairs

Results and Responses

Program of Study Results and Responses

Assessment Findings

Assessment Findings

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STOP
  • What resources do you have or would you need to produce a similar aggregation?
  • What value might a structure like this have for your office or institution (if you are not already doing something similar)?
  • What would be the major challenges for your office or institution?

Share with 1-2 people near you.

a comprehensive and integrated perspective on the institution s success toward its vision mission
A comprehensive and integrated perspective on the institution’s success toward its vision & mission
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For Students

  • Explicit, defined list of expected outcomes for each major or general education course and for degree program
  • Coordinated content for multi-section courses
  • Ease of communication between faculty teaching multi-section courses
  • More clarity on expectations in course sequences
  • For Faculty
  • Supports formative evaluation of INSTITUTIONAL effectiveness
  • For Institution
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Participation rates

  • Identifies where in institution there may be a lack of commitment to assessment
  • Evaluation of Assessment Plans
  • Identifies those with strong plans and those needing assistance – provides assessment of assessment office
  • Compiled Institutional Results & Outcome Status
  • Identifies large-scale strategic issues on which institution is either doing well or for which coordinated, concentrated focus beyond the individual unit might be needed
  • Response Plan & Resource Need Summary
  • Identifies commonalities in responses
  • Consolidates all budget/resource requests in one place, supporting prioritizing or combining
  • Alerts leadership when units are not considering resource implications of their responses
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Faculty may view assessment as indicator of their teaching

  • Potential for Inflated assessment scores
  • 100% success in all areas is not informative
  • Must address concerns over academic freedom
  • Assessment processes are difficult to establish
  • Need to establish consistency in embedded assessments and standards across course sections
  • Need to establish and adhere to timelines for submission of assessment results from courses
  • Need to build processes and provide time for compilation and consideration of results within academic disciplines and student affairs offices
  • Compiling and interpreting to the institutional level requires time.