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					    Assessing General Education
            in the Tennessee Board of Regents System

                 Challenges,
                 Principles,
                 Choices &
                 Opportunities

Tennessee Board of Regents   October 18, 2007 Dickson, Tennessee
    Assessing General Education
            in the Tennessee Board of Regents System

                 Bill Kirkwood
                 Associate Vice President for
                 Academic Affairs
                 East Tennessee State University



Tennessee Board of Regents   October 18, 2007 Dickson, Tennessee
Assessing
General          Challenges
Education


   Calls for accountability

           SACS 3.5.1: The institution identifies college-level
           competencies within the general education core and
           provides evidence that graduates have attained
           those competencies.

   Calls for institutional effectiveness



  Assessing General Education                    W. Kirkwood 10.18.07
Assessing
General          Challenges
Education


  A fundamental shift in higher education:

      FROM teaching subjects . . .

                                TO helping students learn

      FROM “faith-based education” . . .

                                TO research-based education



  Assessing General Education                  W. Kirkwood 10.18.07
Assessing
General          Guiding Principles
Education


  1. Should not create an undue burden for
     faculty and staff.

  2. Should maximize local autonomy.

  3. Should minimize costs, which benefits
     should justify.

  4. Should guide improvements of teaching
     and learning.

  Assessing General Education          W. Kirkwood 10.18.07
Assessing
General          Guiding Principles
Education




      Assessment should study
      learning we care about.


  Assessing General Education         W. Kirkwood 10.18.07
Assessing
General          Choices
Education



  Possibility: Assess general education programs

  Choice:           Assess general education goals




  Assessing General Education                W. Kirkwood 10.18.07
Assessing
General          Choices
Education



  Possibility: Assess everything—all TBR learning
               objectives in all areas of the core

  Choice:           Assess a “vital few” competencies




  Assessing General Education                 W. Kirkwood 10.18.07
Assessing
General          Choices
Education



  Possibility: Use standardized tests throughout
               the System

  Choice:           Ask institutions to develop their
                    own assessments




  Assessing General Education                   W. Kirkwood 10.18.07
Assessing
General          Choices
Education



  Possibility: Assess learning in students’ final year
               of school

  Choice:           Use course-embedded assessment




  Assessing General Education             W. Kirkwood 10.18.07
Assessing
General          Choices
Education



  Possibility: Hold institutions accountable for results

  Choice:           Focus on the assessment process




  Assessing General Education               W. Kirkwood 10.18.07
Assessing
General          Opportunities
Education


  System-wide assessment of general education can:

   Help institutions meet SACS expectations

   Deepen appreciation for higher education




  Assessing General Education         W. Kirkwood 10.18.07
Assessing
General          Opportunities
Education


  Assessing general education calls on us to:

   Clarify our hopes for students

   Make teaching a team sport

   Be willing to be surprised

   Walk the walk: Is knowledge powerful?

  Assessing General Education           W. Kirkwood 10.18.07
Assessing
General          Be in Touch
Education




                    Bill Kirkwood
                    East Tennessee State University
                    kirkwood@etsu.edu
                    423-439-5049




  Assessing General Education                W. Kirkwood 10.18.07

				
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