|Tuesday, September 12, 2006|
|Assessment of Student Leaning Committee Minutes|
James Togeas (Chair), Therese Buchmiller, Donna Chollett, Paul Myers, Tisha Turk, Mark Fohl, Nancy Helsper, Fang Du, Minh Vo, Nathan Swanson and Pu Lum Kim.
The ASL meeting began at 9:00 AM in the Prairie Lounge with the introduction of all members.
Members received copies of the following prior to today's meeting.
Togeas briefly discussed each document noting particular areas important for developing the assessment plan to produce the NCA 2007 report.
Togeas reviewed the draft plan for Assessment and noted the NCA letter (10/15/05) said the contents of the 2007 NCA report will describe the University's comprehensive program for assessing student learning in academic programs and in the general education curriculum. It will also describe the data on student learning that come from the assessment measures of student learning, and report how these data on student learning are fed back to academic departments and used to improve that learning.
Togeas said our goal will be 1) to collect a course assessment from at least one course in every major; 2) to collect a course assessment from at least one course in every general education category; and 3) to collect general education learning objectives. Togeas noted that some course assessments may already exist, but in others, the ASL committee may have to generate.
Togeas said the work for ASL members will include:
Members discussed the needed type of data and concerns on how to turn their assessment of objectives to meet the requirements of the NCA. Helsper said data must be student by student, 1) Identify the learning objective 2) Decide what meets the learning objective 3) Measure how the student did and 4) Make changes for improvement. It is noted that assessment is not as straight forward for courses such as English and Theatre Arts, but faculty seemed to be on board with assessment.
Togeas suggested a schedule for the assessment plan.
Togeas said at the next meeting, ASLC members should be prepared to suggest modification of the assessment plan or replace it with a plan that will work better.
Togeas said the Strategic Task Force committee wants to meet with the five major committees during the week of September 18-22.
Our next ASL meeting is scheduled for Tuesday, September 19 at 9:00 AM in the Prairie Lounge.