June 24, 2011AMCOA Planning Group recommendations“Partnerships” should be an overarching theme for all four conferences.o There are a number of partnerships that need to occur as part of assessment: academic -co-curricular, faculty-IR and Assessment, campus-community., etc.o This theme is recommended as being of importance to achieving our individual and collectiveassessment and improvement goals.If possible, the conference should be organized with concurrent sessions so that everyone can attend all thesessions.The conference should begin with a Keynote address (Peggy?) to frame the theme of “partnership.”Discussion session: “LEAP and Beyond”o Include an initial discussion about LEAP and the Lumina Degree Profile at this conference, withfollow up in subsequent conferenceso The BHE has recommended that Massachusetts become a LEAP state, but there is still uncertaintyabout what that means for campuses and the systemPresentation Session: Collaborative models for faculty-IR-assessmento These roles require very distinctive skills sets. How can they work together most productively?What collaborative models are working for campuses?o What are the particular difficulties on smaller campuses when two or more roles are filled by thesame person?Discussion session with Jonathon Keller, DHEo An invitation for him to speak about the challenges of mining and reporting data, particularly inthe context of the expectations of the Vision ProjectPresentation session: Identifying models for using NSSE/CSSE datao How can this data be triangulated with other data to support change? What models have campusesused to mine, review and report on this data?Presentation session: Reviewing the selection of commercially developed assessment instruments as well asdata gathering, analyzing and reporting instruments availableo Although the Working Group has not endorsed standardized testing as part of the Vision Project,campuses that want to use commercially developed tools have a multitude of choices.o Which ones have been used? Which ones have been supported by faculty? How well have theyworked?Additional topics were generated, but were thought more suited to the conferences that will involve faculty moredirectly. They are:Developing models that would link curricular and co-curricular learningo Describing Best Practice models of collaborationo Identifying ways to increase collaboration and learning about the benefits of doing so.Articulating Achievement Levelso Determining what a shared outcome would look likeo Exploring the pros and cons of moving towards shared criteria/benchmarkso Developing a process for moving that forward that with another institutionGainful Employment Reportingo The requirements for reporting are not yet clear, but sharing information about what and howinformation could be collected to serve this and other assessment purposes at the same time wouldbe helpful.