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Graduate program review implementing continuous and ongoing assessment of graduate programs

Graduate Program Review: Implementing Continuous and Ongoing Assessment of Graduate Programs

Duane K. Larick

Associate Graduate Dean

Summer Workshop, 2004


Program review website
Program Review Website Assessment of Graduate Programs

  • Graduate School Homepage

    • http://www2.acs.ncsu.edu/grad/

  • Program Review

    • http://www.fis.ncsu.edu/grad_publicns/program_review/review.htm


Two phase review process
Two Phase Review Process Assessment of Graduate Programs

  • Formal Review of Graduate Programs on an 8 Year Schedule.

  • Continuous and Ongoing Assessment of Graduate Programs


Formal review of graduate programs
Formal Review of Graduate Programs Assessment of Graduate Programs

  • Review Schedule:

    http://www.fis.ncsu.edu/grad_publicns/program_review/review.htm

  • Three-Part Process

    • Internal self-study

    • External review

    • Post-review administrative meeting/response

      • Action Plan


What is continuous and ongoing assessment
What is Continuous and Ongoing Assessment? Assessment of Graduate Programs

  • Emphasizes development of program specific student learning outcomes and assessment procedures to determine if they are being achieve.

  • Shift to Student Learning Centered Concerns

    • “What do we want our students to know?”

    • “How well does the program promote learning?”

  • Moves to “How well did the student learn it?”

  • Assesses achievement of the outcomes on a continuous rather than episodic basis


How do the two intersect
How Do the Two Intersect? Assessment of Graduate Programs

  • Ongoing Assessment Will be Included as Part of the Self-Study (Section V)

    • http://www.fis.ncsu.edu/grad_publicns/program_review/SS%20Format%20-%20Final.pdf

  • Your Assessment Efforts Will be Evaluated by External Reviewers

  • Assessment Will Inform Changes for the Future – would impact all sections of self-study (academic, research and outreach)

  • Combined, They Will Strengthen COMPACT Planning


What we propose to do
What We Propose to Do Assessment of Graduate Programs

  • Provide Training Necessary for Programs to Implement Continuous & Ongoing Review.

  • Modify the Current “Profile” Information and Work with University Planning and Analysis to Improve Utility of Centralized Data Collection and Processing.

  • Provide a Web Based Site for Program Review Management.

    • Demo Website

  • Increase Efforts Relative to Follow-up After the Graduate Program Review – Action Plan.


Upcoming workshops
Upcoming Workshops Assessment of Graduate Programs

  • Developing Objectives and Outcomes for Graduate Program

    • September 7 or September 8

  • Developing Assessment Plans for Graduate Programs

    • October 26 or October 27

  • Each Program will be asked to designate at least one person to attend

    • That designee will work with the faculty in that program


Questions
Questions? Assessment of Graduate Programs


Common graduate objectives
Common Graduate Objectives Assessment of Graduate Programs

  • To prepare students to achieve their professional goals in [blank] in a collaborative environment

  • To prepare students to conduct research effectively in [blank] in a collaborative environment

  • To maintain and improve the program’s leadership position nationally and internationally


Common graduate outcomes
Common Graduate Outcomes Assessment of Graduate Programs

  • Students will demonstrate professional competencies including:

    • Knowledge of concepts in the discipline

    • Ability to conduct independent research

    • Ability to work in teams

    • Ability to use appropriate technologies

    • Ability to find employment in discipline

    • Ability to teach others

    • Oral & written communication skills

    • Critical thinking skills


Examples of assessment opportunities
Examples of Assessment Opportunities Assessment of Graduate Programs

  • Pre-Program/Admissions

    • Quality indicators like GPA, GRE score, etc.

  • In-Program

    • Annual Progress Evaluation

    • Qualifying/Preliminary Examination; including proposal preparation & defense

    • Required seminar presentations

    • Portfolios – design, architecture, etc.


Examples of assessment opportunities continued
Examples of Assessment Opportunities - continued Assessment of Graduate Programs

  • At Program Completion

    • Presentations

    • Thesis/Dissertation; preparation, defense, etc.

    • Published works

    • Exit interview or survey

    • Job placement

  • Long Term

    • Alumni surveys

    • Evidence of lifelong learning

    • Career success