Exploring Accountability From The Inside Out

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Exploring Accountability From The Inside Out

  1. 1. Exploring Accountability from the Inside Out: The Transparency by Design Process WCET Conference Friday, October 23, 2009
  2. 2. 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
  3. 3. Brief History <ul><li>2006: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>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 </li></ul></ul><ul><li>2007: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Pilot institutions commit to initiative and begin process of building common data definitions: </li></ul></ul><ul><li>American InterContinental University Online </li></ul><ul><li>American Public University System </li></ul><ul><li>Capella University </li></ul><ul><li>Charter Oak State College </li></ul><ul><li>Colorado Technical University </li></ul><ul><li>Excelsior College </li></ul><ul><li>Franklin University </li></ul><ul><li>Kaplan University </li></ul><ul><li>Regis University </li></ul><ul><li>Rio Salado College </li></ul><ul><li>Southwestern College </li></ul><ul><li>Union Institute & University </li></ul><ul><li>Western Governors University </li></ul>
  4. 4. Brief History <ul><li>2008: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Transparency by Design institutions partner with WCET to provide 3 rd party quality assurance of data. </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Lumina Foundation for Education provides grant funds to build initial website which will display data for potential adult learners. </li></ul></ul><ul><li>2009: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Transparency by Design initiative launches the College Choices for Adults website on August 3. </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Site has data for 12 institutions and over 30 programs. </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Focuses on program learning outcomes and adult learners are the differentiator from other informational sites. </li></ul></ul></ul>
  5. 5. College Choices for Adults Homepage
  6. 6. Brief History <ul><li>2009 & Beyond: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Transparency by Design institutions and WCET are continuing to develop common data definitions for elements such as: </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Measure of Academic Proficiency and Progress (MAPP) </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Priorities Survey for Online Learners (PSOL) </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Community College Survey of Student Engagement (CCSSE) </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Progress Rate </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Cost of attendance </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Addition of more programs for each institution and the addition of new member institution’s data. </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>WCET is also working on adding the following elements to the site which will add functionality important to prospective adult learners: </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Enhanced Search functionality </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Comparison Functionality </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>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. </li></ul></ul></ul>
  7. 7. Membership Commitments <ul><li>Commitment to the Principles of Good Practice. </li></ul><ul><li>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. </li></ul><ul><li>Partner in building the Transparency by Design initiative and visibility of the College Choices for Adults website. </li></ul>Visit www.transparencybydesign.org for further details.
  8. 8. Think/Pair/Share <ul><li>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. </li></ul><ul><ul><li>What’s your reaction? What barriers might you face if you brought this idea back to your institution? </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Jot down questions you have that we can discuss during the next portion of the session. </li></ul>
  9. 9. Questions
  10. 10. Contact Information: Cali Morrison Project Coordinator, WCET & Transparency by Design – cmorrison@wcet.info Salvatore Monaco Provost, Western Governors University – smonaco@wgu.edu Kim Pearce Director of Assessment & Institutional Research, Capella University – kim.pearce@capella.edu Karan Powell Senior Vice President & Academic Dean, American Public University System – kpowell@apus.edu

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