Brigitte Valesey PPT by 450q465W


									Transforming Assessment Culture

                Brigitte Valesey, Ph.D.
                   Widener University

         AICUP Assessment Workshop
                 Swarthmore College
                      August 7, 2006
                 Duquesne University
                     August 10, 2006
Student Learning as High Priority

     Strategic planning priorities
      – Academic excellence
      – Student-centered experiences
      – Distinctive educational programs
     Regional and professional accreditations
      – Higher expectations for learning and assessment
      – Greater accountability
     Assessment of Student Learning
      – Faculty learning communities
      – Avenues for faculty scholarship
Redefining Academic Excellence

   Leadership

   Widener  Strategic Plan
   Middle States Accreditation Pilot

   Professional Accreditation Cycles

   Widener Capital Campaign
Streamlining Processes

   Vision   2015- created in 2004
    – Creation of 5 task forces:
        Institutional Assessment
        Planning, Resource Allocation and
         Institutional Renewal
        Assessment of Student Learning Outcomes

        Institutional Resources
Culture of Collaboration

   Faculty Collaborations
      – Assessment of Student Learning Taskforce
      – Unit assessment committees
   Senior Leadership Team (SLT)
   Service Learning Initiatives

   General Education Network
Student Learning Refocused

   Blueprint   for Assessment of Student
   Assistant Provost position

   Plans for ongoing assessment

   Links to strategic planning
Focus: Learning and Assessment

   Faculty needs surveys
   Faculty development
   Assessment planning by programs
   General Education Initiatives
    – Task Force
   Approval of Institutional Learning
Student Learning as Strategic

   Focus on continuous improvement
   Program- and unit-level plans

   Connects to institutional assessment

   Formal commitments and
    accountabilities embedded in strategic
Continuous Improvement

  Report   in annual and periodic cycles
  Prioritize closing of assessment loop

  Foster faculty ownership and
  Mesh with professional accreditations

  Keep strategic plan as “evergreen”

  Transformation is an ongoing process
  Focus on academic excellence

  Shared commitment to assessment

  Student learning is strategic

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