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Institution wide assessment practice-sacscoc2013conferencepresentation


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Presentation for Session C55 of the SACSCOC 2013 Annual Meeting

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  1. 1. Institution-Wide Assessment Practice: Initiating Sustainable Strategies to Foster a Culture of Assessment and Scholarly Inquiry December 8, 2013 SACSCOC 2013 Annual Meeting Dr. Linda Townsend Longwood University Office of Assessment and Institutional Research
  2. 2. What challenges have you faced? Challenges to Institution-Wide Assessment Brainstorm
  3. 3. 15 Elements of Assessment Success (Weiner, 2009) "Only when an institution is on the path to meeting these standards can its claim to have a culture of assessment be taken seriously." deme/2009/JA/Feat/wein.htm
  4. 4. Stepping stones on the assessment culture pathway – Faculty ownership – Comprehensive program review – Ongoing professional development – Information sharing – Celebration of successes – Continuous journey for improvement Longwood University's stepping stones include:
  5. 5. Faculty ownership of assessment programs • Faculty Senate: Committee on Academic Outcomes Assessment and Program Review • Department Assessment Committees • Program Coordinators responsible for assessment report entry in WEAVEonline • Faculty Competency Team Leaders for assessment of 6 core competencies - CT, IL, OC, QR, SR, WC • Faculty of General Education Committee responsible for review of GE goal/outcome assessment
  6. 6. Comprehensive program review • Longwood University Program Review Policy (Revised April 2011) – Emphasis on program quality enhancement – Aligned with SACS principles and SCHEV requirements – Identification of roles in the program report review process : • Department Chair and Department Program Review Team • External Review Team (Committee on Academic Outcomes Assessment and Program Review) • Dean and Associate/Assistant Dean responsible for assessment • Dean and Provost
  7. 7. Ongoing professional development • Interactive assessment report writing workshops - academic & nonacademic • WEAVE Introductory and Tips & Tricks workshops • Academic & Nonacademic Assessment Coaches • Webinar coordination: – Understanding Assessment Results with Linda Suskie – How to more effectively use the MFT results for improving students’ learning with William Wynne • Using WEAVE in institutional planning and budgeting
  8. 8. Information sharing • Institutional Effectiveness audit process – Assessment Coaches use of 2011-12 audit comments – One-on-one coach consultations for feedback and support IE Audit Comments Example
  9. 9. Celebration of successes • Longwood University Assessment Conference – Celebration of assessment achievements – Promote "Longwood best practice" – Engage faculty/staff in the dialogue of building a "culture of evidence" – Initiated January 2011 – internal only – January 2012 – external guest speakers and internal presenters – First virtual conference in 2013
  10. 10. Continuous journey for improvement • Longwood Assessment Mini-grant Program (LAMP) – Initiated January 2012 – Encourage campus-wide participation in research on and practice in assessment – Develop scholarship of assessment and explore Longwood’s best practice models in conducting assessment – Expected to share major findings/experience of assessment at the Longwood Assessment Conference and other professional conferences
  11. 11. What are other strategies for meeting the challenges & fostering an assessment culture? Other Strategies Brainstorm
  12. 12. “Perhaps the most compelling indicator of an assessment culture is what occurs when any new initiative or proposal is advanced. Automatically, the questions asked will be: What are the goals and objectives? How will we assess the effort?” (Weiner, 2009) The path to a culture of assessment – alone or altogether?