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  • 1. Exploring Accountability from the Inside Out: The Transparency by Design Process WCET Conference Friday, October 23, 2009
  • 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. Brief History
    • 2006:
      • 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
    • 2007:
      • Pilot institutions commit to initiative and begin process of building common data definitions:
    • American InterContinental University Online
    • American Public University System
    • Capella University
    • Charter Oak State College
    • Colorado Technical University
    • Excelsior College
    • Franklin University
    • Kaplan University
    • Regis University
    • Rio Salado College
    • Southwestern College
    • Union Institute & University
    • Western Governors University
  • 4. Brief History
    • 2008:
      • 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.
    • 2009:
      • 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.
  • 5. College Choices for Adults Homepage
  • 6. Brief History
    • 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)
        • Progress Rate
        • 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
        • Comparison 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.
  • 7. Membership Commitments
    • 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.
  • 8. Think/Pair/Share
    • 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.
  • 9. Questions
  • 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