Exploring Accountability from the Inside Out: The Transparency by Design Process WCET Conference Friday, October 23, 2009
Presenters: Cali Morrison Project Coordinator, WCET & Transparency by Design Salvatore Monaco Provost, Western Governors University Kim Pearce Director of Assessment & Institutional Research, Capella University Karan Powell Senior Vice President & Academic Dean, American Public University System
Transparency by Design initiative conceptualized by the President’s Forum - utilizing the strengths of educating adults at a distance to help create a robust consumer information initiative
Pilot institutions commit to initiative and begin process of building common data definitions:
American InterContinental University Online
American Public University System
Charter Oak State College
Colorado Technical University
Rio Salado College
Union Institute & University
Western Governors University
Transparency by Design institutions partner with WCET to provide 3 rd party quality assurance of data.
Lumina Foundation for Education provides grant funds to build initial website which will display data for potential adult learners.
Transparency by Design initiative launches the College Choices for Adults website on August 3.
Site has data for 12 institutions and over 30 programs.
Focuses on program learning outcomes and adult learners are the differentiator from other informational sites.
College Choices for Adults Homepage
2009 & Beyond:
Transparency by Design institutions and WCET are continuing to develop common data definitions for elements such as:
Measure of Academic Proficiency and Progress (MAPP)
Priorities Survey for Online Learners (PSOL)
Community College Survey of Student Engagement (CCSSE)
Cost of attendance
Addition of more programs for each institution and the addition of new member institution’s data.
WCET is also working on adding the following elements to the site which will add functionality important to prospective adult learners:
Enhanced Search functionality
Friend, Follow and Favorite great resources from College Choices for Adults – providing an opportunity for potential adult learners to engage with the site through social media outlets.
Commitment to the Principles of Good Practice.
Contribution of institutional data for display on the College Choices for Adults website according to the common data set and reporting schedule approved by the Executive Committee.
Partner in building the Transparency by Design initiative and visibility of the College Choices for Adults website.
Visit www.transparencybydesign.org for further details.
Take about 5 minutes to turn to a few of those around you to discuss what this initiative means for the distance higher education community.
What’s your reaction? What barriers might you face if you brought this idea back to your institution?
Jot down questions you have that we can discuss during the next portion of the session.
Contact Information: Cali Morrison Project Coordinator, WCET & Transparency by Design – email@example.com Salvatore Monaco Provost, Western Governors University – firstname.lastname@example.org Kim Pearce Director of Assessment & Institutional Research, Capella University – email@example.com Karan Powell Senior Vice President & Academic Dean, American Public University System – firstname.lastname@example.org