Assessment
of Student Learning






DATE: Tuesday, September 26, 2006
SUBJECT: Assessment of Student Learning Committee Minutes
PRESENT:

Jim Togeas (Chair), Donna Chollett, Tisha Turk, Mark Fohl, Nancy Helsper, Fang Du, Minh Vo, Nathan Swanson, Pu Lum Kim

ABSENT: Therese Buchmiller, Paul Myers

The meeting began at 9:00 AM in the Prairie Lounge.

ASL Minutes
Togeas asked for correction/additions or approval of the ASL Minutes dated September 19, 2006; two corrections were noted. Members unanimously approved the minutes as amended.

Assessment Draft Plan
Togeas ask committee members for discussion and/or modification to the draft plan; noting paragraphs with no changes were omitted, proposed deletions in a paragraph were struck-through, and the proposed additions are underlined. Members discussed and proposed changes to the following sections of the draft plan:

I. Goal: Minimum Data to Collect

Members discussed the sentence; the minimal standard for any assessment is measuring trends in student learning, and agreed the wording should be revised. A member proposed the following change:

II. Other Data
Two changes noted 1) word revision 2) National Standardized exams added
The paragraph revised to read as follows:
This plan has the short-range goal of gathering enough measurements for the November 2007 report to the NCA. To that end it focuses on course-embedded assessments that can be done in a semester and offers the simple example in the appendix as a model for what can be incorporated into a course with minimal effort. However, it may well be that assessment data of broader scope exists that would be useful for the report. In focusing on course-embedded assessment, it is not the Committee's intention to exclude other useful data. Such data could include, but not be limited to, results of the Graduate Record Exam, capstone courses, graduate and professional school acceptance rates, student post-graduate careers, student portfolios, and nationally standardized exams.

Togeas noted the section VI. Committee Membership, 2006-2007 was added to the proposed plan. Members agreed to accept the proposed modifications.

Togeas said he would present the proposed plan to Campus Assembly on October 4. A member suggested attaching the proposed Assessment Plan to the agenda. Togeas encouraged members to contact him with other suggestions via e-mail.

Togeas said the committee will not meet next week (October 3) as scheduled, but said ASLC Members should begin the work outlined in section III. Togeas said members should keep him apprised of what they are doing, either by phone, e-mail, or over coffee, he will update the committee on what its members are doing. Togeas said the final version of the plan would be distributed and posted on the ASL website

Strategic Positioning Task Force ( Andy Lopez, Pareena Lawrence, Bryan Herrmann)
Members from the Campus Planning and Resource Committee arrived at 9:25 AM to discuss the proposed plan for the Strategic Positioning Task Force. Lopez distributed a handout to ASLC members and presented a brief history to the members. Lopez said the Campus Planning and Resource Committee began the process last year, producing the first report on March 31, 2006, noting that clarifications to the report were submitted on September 15, and the final report is due on November 1, 2006. Lopez reviewed the handout with the committee, asking for other suggestions. Lopez noted ASLC member suggestions and told members to e-mail him with other feedback; he will share the information with other CPRC members.

The ASLC will meet Tuesday, October 10 at 9:00 AM in the Prairie Lounge.

Meeting adjourned at 9:55 AM.

Submitted by:
Linda Pederson