Assessment of Student Learning

DATE: Tuesday, October 24, 2006
SUBJECT: Assessment of Student Learning Committee Minutes
PRESENT: Jim Togeas (Chair), Therese Buchmiller, Donna Chollett, Paul Myers, Tisha Turk, Mark Fohl, Nancy Helsper, Nathan Swanson, Pu Lum Kim
ABSENT: Fang Du, Minh Vo

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

ASL Minutes
Togeas asked for correction/additions/deletions or approval of the ASL Minutes dated September 26, 2006; two corrections were noted. Members unanimously approved the minutes as amended.

Assessment Plan/Campus Assembly Meeting
Togeas briefed the members about his presentation of the Assessment Plan at the Campus Assembly Meeting, October 4. Togeas reported that he gave a ten-minute presentation on the Assessment plan, noting he had prepared an overhead presentation, but due to time constraints, was unable to show the slides.

Report to NCA
Members discussed data gathering for the Majors.

Chollett said she had made a copy of the plan and passed it out at a meeting of Coordinators in SS. Chollett said SS would like to see examples of assessment results that are acceptable by NCA that are not quantitative. She said disciplines are asked to supply an assessment sample by end of fall semester, noting many voiced concerns on how to collect the data when the semester was half over. Togeas said the report will be written during the summer, and said if we wait until spring semester, we will not have the needed information. Helsper noted that a number of the disciplines are already on-board; we will have to use this information and obtain information from other majors. Members discussed other ways of gathering quantitative data, other than a checklist. Helsper suggested checking out the Truman University Website (COPLAC Institution); noting they have an excellent rating on assessment. As the assessment data must be numerical; it was noted we must take what we do and adapt it into some sort of numerical data to show how student learning is improving. Discussion will continue at the next meeting.

The ASLC will meet on Tuesday, October 31 at 9:00 AM in the Prairie Lounge.

Meeting adjourned at 9:55 AM.

Submitted by:
Linda Pederson