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  • For the first time, a majority of students complete a degree by attending more than one institution, many by attending more than two.This is called “swirl”Institutions, governments, parents are looking for assurances that what students learn at one institution provides the foundation at another institution.There’s pressure for more consistency in programs and courses across institutions. If needed:1005 graduates·         751 (75%) were scheduled to be completed and of those, 17 (2%) didn’t earn the grades they needed to graduate·         98 (10%) of those who graduated expected to finish their requirements in August and of those, 19 (20%) did not complete their requirements as planned/scheduled·          156 (16%) of those who graduated expected to finish their requirements in December and of those, 56 (33%) did not complete their requirements as planned/scheduled
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  • Programs, Curriculum and Student Learning
    The Higher Education Landscape
    Mel Netzhammer
    February 14, 2011
  • Higher Education Landscape
    Approach and Attitude of Feds
    National Movements and Responses
    State and USNH Priorities
    February 14, 2011
  • Two Emerging National Themes
    Quality Assurance (The current state of the accountability movement and continuous self improvement)
    Student Portability (The ability of students to move seamlessly from one college to another as they complete their degrees)
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    Higher Education Landscape
  • Student Portability
    For the first time, a majority of students complete a degree by attending more than one institution, many by attending more than two (swirl).
    Institutions, governments, parents are looking for assurances that what students learn at one institution provides the foundation at another institution.
    Pressure for consistency across programs
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  • What’s Behind This?
    Trust (The public, our funders, legislators are no longer willing to take our word that students are learning)
    Economy (The funding isn’t there, legislators are looking for efficiencies in higher education)
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  • What’s Behind This?
    Expense (When the cost of a college education was close to zero, if a student failed everyone accepted it was the student’s fault. When the cost of a college education is $100,000 at a state school, if a student fails people believe it’s the institution’s fault.)
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  • The Federal Government
    Access: Have the highest percentage of college graduates by 2020 (now 12th)
    Workforce Development: Invest specifically in job preparation/applied learning
    Control Costs:
    • Better financial aid
    • Textbook regulations
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  • The Federal Government
    Pressure accrediting bodies to set uniform, measurable standards for accreditation (or the federal government will)
    • Example: Regulation of a “credit”
    Central to federal policy is the expectation that colleges will do more to measure learning and demonstrate success.
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  • Federal Reg on Credit Hours
    Federal regulation defines a credit hour as an amount of work represented in intended learning outcomes and verified by evidence of student achievement that is an institutional established equivalence that reasonably approximates not less than (1) One hour of classroom or direct faculty instruction and a minimum of two hours of out of class student work each week…; or (2) At least an equivalent amount of work as required in paragraph (1) of this definition…
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  • The National Landscape
    Improving Student Learning
    Measuring Student Learning
    Collaboration
    Openness
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  • The National Landscape
    …beyond what graduates know, what they can do with what they know is the ultimate benchmark of learning.
    --Lumina Foundation
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  • Academically Adrift
    “Large numbers of college students report that they experience only limited academic demands and invest only limited effort in their academic endeavors.”
    “Over four years of college coursework, 50 percent of students reported that they had taken five or fewer courses that required 20 pages of writing over the course of the semester, and 20 percent of students reported that they had taken five or fewer courses that required 40 pages of reading per week.”
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  • Academically Adrift
    12-14 hours studying
    16% of time doing academic things (studying or in class)
    45% did not demonstrate any improvement in learning over 2 years as measured by the CLA; 36% over 4 years.
    CLA results correlate positively to reading and writing expectations in classes.
    http://highered.ssrc.org/files/SSRC_Report.pdf
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  • The National Landscape
    Texas, Indiana, Georgia, Kentucky, South Dakota, Tennessee and Virginia all have statewide standards for student learning and some tie higher education funding to performance.
    Measures include national standardized tests, state examinations, specific reporting requirements.
    NGA
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  • The National Landscape
    Governors can help restrain college costs—while extending a quality postsecondary education to a larger segment of the population—by insisting that student learning outcomes become an integral part of state higher education accountability systems.
    --National Governors Association
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  • Lumina Foundation
    Degree Qualifications Profile
    Sets standards for student learning at the associate, baccalaureate and master levels in five basic areas of learning: Broad, Integrative Knowledge; Specialized Knowledge; Intellectual Skills; Applied Learning, and Civic Learning.
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  • Lumina
    “What students should know and be able to do once they earn their degrees.”
    Not intended to make degrees uniform, rather an attempt to describe concretely what each of these degrees means.
    Does not define what should be taught or how instructors should teach it.
    http://www.luminafoundation.org/publications/The_Degree_Qualifications_Profile.pdf
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  • Lumina Examples
    Specialized Knowledge: At the bachelor’s level, the student
    • defines and explains the boundaries and major sub-fields, styles, and/or practices of the field.
    • demonstrates fluency in the use of tools, technologies and methods common to the field.
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  • Lumina Examples
    Analytic Inquiry: Differentiates and evaluates theories and approaches to complex standard and non-standard problems within his or her major field and at least one other academic field.
    Quantitative Fluency: Translates verbal problems into mathematical algorithms and constructs valid mathematical arguments using the accepted symbolic system of mathematical reasoning.
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  • The National Landscape
    What would the curriculum look like if the course weren’t the basis of curriculum design?
    --David Carr
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  • Red Balloon
    AASCU Initiative subtitled Re-Imagining Undergraduate Education
    Three principles:
    • We’ll be expected to do more with less.
    • We will need to collaborate across institutions.
    • Technology has fundamentally changed the way we will educate.
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  • Red Balloon Examples
    Collaboration: Creating a foundation for a common algebra course that can be adapted to every institution.
    Openness: Increased use of Open Educational Resources, shared materials, and the development of electronic course materials given to students.
    Technology: greater use of tech in course delivery (blended, online, co-curricular)
    http://www.aascu.org/programs/redballoon/index.htm
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  • The State Landscape
    We face the potential of unprecedented cuts in state funding.
    State interest is not just in our finances but in educational quality.
    We are expected to find ways to keep costs to students down: tuition, fees and other expenses (e.g., textbooks).
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  • USNH Interests
    Promoting 4-year graduation rates by, for example, capping degrees at 120 credits, except in rare circumstances.
    Developing metrics for determining program viability.
    More serious and advanced documentation of student learning.
    Textbook costs.
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  • USNH Landscape
    New programs
    Translocated programs
    Increased scrutiny of policies and procedures
    Academic Technology
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  • Promoting 4-year Grad Rates
    Assumption: Campuses will take steps to improve 4-year graduation rates.
    Assumption: All degrees will be capped at 120 credits, including 12-16 credits of free electives.
    The college will establish clear criteria for when a degree might exceed 120 credits.
    We have until June to develop this process.
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  • Program Viability Metrics
    Components of program viability: number of graduates, number of majors, number of low-enrolled courses.
    We have the opportunity to develop a template for Keene State College.
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  • Documenting Student Learning
    NEASC looks at annual reports on assessment.
    The Site Team recognized that we have a firm foundation for assessment, but that we need to be more intentional and serious about that work.
    The USNH Board has been taking greater interest in how we measure student learning.
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  • Textbook Costs
    Textbooks can be 20 percent of the cost of tuition.
    Top priority of student trustees.
    Interested in greater availability of electronic textbooks.
    Interested in greater availability of open educational resources and open textbooks.
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  • New Programs
    The governor and trustees want more programs that meet state workforce needs, and they want them offered throughout the state.
    Nursing is the first example.
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  • Translocated/Articulated Programs
    Significant pressure to develop articulation agreements.
    We currently have two articulation agreements, the fewest of any institution in the state by far.
    Discussions of translocating management, a liberal studies B.A., and master’s education programs.
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  • Policies & Procedures
    Student insurance
    Travel abroad/faculty led trips
    Automobile policies
    Travel with students
    Collecting money from students
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  • Academic Technology
    Major focus of Board of Trustees
    Special USNH allocation of $500,000 to support integration of technology to support student learning.
    2011 Summer Institute for Faculty
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