Assessment of Student
Learning


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DATE: Wednesday, March 1, 2000

4:00 PM in the Moccasin Flower Room

SUBJECT: Assessment of Student Learning Committee Minutes

PRESENT: Vicky Demos (Chair), Jacqueline Edmonson, Eric Klinger, Dian Lopez, Jenny Nellis,

Tim O’Keefe, Engin Sungur, Stacey Parker Aronson

 

ABSENT: Michael Jones, Nathan Thooft

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Vicky Demos began the meeting with announcements. The agenda for the meeting was discussed and approved.

Copies of the November 19, 1999 ASL minutes were distributed, reviewed, and approved.

 

Report of General Education Sub Committee

The committee members reviewed the Progress Report IV for The Plan For The Assessment Of Student Learning. Several changes or suggestions were indicated for improving the clarity of the plan. The following changes were noted:

Page 2 - "Jenny Nellis, Assistant Vice Chancellor for Student affairs" will be replaced with "Jenny Nellis, Assistant Academic Dean for Students"

Page 12 - (bottom of page) "Faculty ability to rate student portfolios online anytime (provide a potential to involve alumni, and other constituent groups in the rating of portfolios)" will be replaced with "Faculty ability to rate student portfolios online with student permission (provide a potential to involve alumni, and other constituent groups in the rating of portfolios)"

Page 27 - "UMM Students achieve this learning objective" will be replaced with "UMM Students who achieve this learning objective"

Page 27 - "Most of them", "Many of them", "some of them", "few of them" will be replaced with "Most students", "Many students", "some students", "few students"

Page 31 - "Learning Hypothesis" will be replaced with "Examples of Learning Hypotheses"

Page 33 - III.D. Fine Arts (right column, 2nd bullet) "Students can show a moderate understanding of the major traditions of art and place of the various arts in our culture" will be replaced with "Students can show a moderate understanding of the major traditions of art and the relationship between various arts and culture."

Page 34 - (right column, 2nd bullet) "Students can recognize a good art in any format" will be replaced with "Students can recognize a work of art in any format."

Page 34 - (right column, 3rd bullet) "Students can interpret an art and present a message given by it, if any "will be replaced with "Students can interpret an art work, analyze the meaning of it."

 

Committee members were asked to forward any additional editorial or comments to Engin Sungur regarding the Progress Report IV.

The committee members discussed the General Assessment Faculty Survey. An electronic faculty survey is in the process of being designed.

The committee focused on the most controversial item which is the Electronic Learning Profile/Electronic Portfolio. Jenny Nellis reported that an electronic student learning portfolio has been created by the Duluth campus, and that there is discussion that the portfolio be mandated for the entire U of M system. Engin Sungur noted he knew of the portfolio, and said that the issue for UMM involves how such a portfolio would be used and who would have control over it.

The committee members discussed concerns of the copyright of material which would be in the electronic portfolio. Discussion of the Electronic Learning Profile/Electronic Portfolio will be continued at the March 15, 2000 meeting.

Committee members were asked to forward suggestions for structuring discussion of the next meeting to Vicky Demos.

The next meeting will be held Wednesday, March 15, 2000 in the Moccasin Flower Room at 4:00 PM.

The meeting was adjourned at 5:00 PM.