Assessment
of Student Learning
DATE: November 12, 2003
SUBJECT: Assessment of Student Learning Committee Minutes

PRESENT:
Katherine Benson (Chair), Stephen Burks, Nancy Helsper, Ray Sibul, Michael O'Reilly, Jessie Hass, and Tim Lindberg
ABSENT: James Hall, Paul Myers and Dwight Purdy (excused)


Benson called the meeting to order at 10:00 AM in the Prairie Lounge.

Announcements
Benson requested committee members to mail their Spring Semester 2004 schedules to Pederson before the next meeting; Pederson will mail electronically a blank semester schedule to all members. Meeting dates and time will be determined at the December meeting.

Benson said that the NCA report by Myers would be deferred until the December or January meeting.

Benson asked for approval or corrections to the October 8, 2003 Minutes. Noted were spelling corrections and minor clarification on a couple of items. Minutes were approved as amended. Motion: Burks/Sibul. Minutes were unanimously approved.

It is noted that the October 24th meeting was cancelled.

GenEd Survey
Helsper said that the GenEd survey was done last year, February-March 7, 2003 and noted the survey rate was higher, compared to being done at a later date. However, due to the clerical strike, the IRR Pulse Survey of Faculty and Staff was postponed and rescheduled for February 16 - March 5. Helsper said the GenEd Survey must be scheduled for a different time. Members discussed possible dates. It was in agreement that the GenEd survey would be scheduled for March 15 - April 2, 2004. Other GenEd issues will be discussed at the next meeting.

Discipline Assessment Subcommittee (Benson, O'Reilly, Sibul)
Benson distributed notes from the Discipline Assessment Subcommittee. Benson said that they discussed the problem nationally with assessment, that it began as a "top-down" demand and has had a hard time being recognized for its value. She said that assessment is the primary means for faculty to achieve their goals in teaching and advising, and it can be a wonderful tool when used to advantage.

Benson said they are focused on a target goal of April 30, 2004 to have all assessment reports completed. They have compiled a list of Disciplines they will be assisting and plans have been devised. Benson said that some reports have already been received, and others are on the way. The committee discussed whether or not a Discipline should be removed from the web site if there is no assessment for the major. It was the consensus that we will remove from the ASL web chart the names of disciplines that are not majors when they will not be submitting an assessment report. Helsper said that these could always be added to the web. Helsper said that disciplines should be encouraged to send their assessment reports electronically.

NCA Changes Report
It was agreed that because of the list of agenda items for December, it would be best that Myers report at the January meeting. Myers will be notified of this date.

Benson noted that she has a copy of Cecelia Lopez's report and would share this with the committee members. Helsper noted that C. Lopez is a member of the NCA staff. Benson will send out C. Lopez's report electronically to committee members.

Helsper reported that she had attended the Association for Institutional Research in the Upper Midwest (AIRUM) meeting last week. She discussed with the committee new assessment software that was developed by Shupe.

The next ASL meeting is scheduled for Friday, December 5, 3:45 - 5:00 PM in the Prairie Lounge.

Motion (Sibul/Lindberg) to adjourn the meeting at 10:50 am.

Respectfully submitted,

Linda Pederson
 

URL: http://www.morris.umn.edu/committees/asl/minutes.11.12.03.html