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New ALO lunch, WASC ARC 2011                 Diane Jonte-Pace, Vice Provost for Academic Affairs                          ...
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  1. 1. New ALO lunch, WASC ARC 2011 Diane Jonte-Pace, Vice Provost for Academic Affairs Santa Clara University April 6, 2011Four brief recommendations for new ALOs1. Learn to love the CFRs • 42 CFRs (or more, with Handbook revision?) o mission, diversity, learning objectives, data collection, etc… • Don’t be overwhelmed: All are useful and necessary • They’re the architecture, the foundation for a strong university • Use them as guidelines for decision-making and a rationale for university policy • Whatever your job is, you’ll be able to do it better because of your role as ALO and your use of the CFRs2. Remember the broader vision • Don’t be overwhelmed by details • Keep the goal in mind o good teaching o deep learning o wise decision making that’s evidence based & mission based at every level • Remember the vision & you won’t get lost in the details3. Share the broader vision • You may find that WASC isn’t universally loved and understood on your campus • You may need to be a mediator or translator o Remind colleagues of common goals: good teaching, deep learning, and informed decision making • Share the documents – WASC provides many valuable sets of guidelines, rubrics o Use them, distribute them, rewrite them for your own university. o Integrate them into your work, your presentations on campus, your processes of implementing new initiatives. My favorites:  EEF, Educational Effectiveness Framework (good for Pres Cabinet, Deans, Department chairs)  Rubric on learning outcomes for General Ed – we rewrote it for “core” and “objectives” language & used it with department chairs and faculty core committees.4. Accept the invitation to serve on a visiting team • If you’re invited to serve, accept the invitation. You’ll learn a lot in the evaluator training; working with the team is great; visiting another institution is a rich experience.Finally, I want to say welcome - you’re part of an important team engaged in doingsomething crucial for higher education in the US: supporting good teaching, deeplearning, and wise decision making.