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The Scholarship of Teaching: Fulfilling the Dream of Assessing Student Learning in Community Colleges Bryan D. Newton, J.D. James O. Smith, Ph.D.

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1 The Scholarship of Teaching: Fulfilling the Dream of Assessing Student Learning in Community Colleges Bryan D. Newton, J.D. James O. Smith, Ph.D.

2 A Public Policy Question You are invited to testify before a panel of state policy makers about our institution. You are asked the following question. What is the value added that your college provides to our state? What would be your answer?

3 The Follow-Up Question What artifacts can you provide that support your colleges value added contributions to our citizens and our states economy?

4 The Concern Higher Education literature contains increasing references about our value proposition. That is, given the escalating tuition costs, what value is added by colleges and universities?

5 The Context A Sixty Year Span 1949: It is in the interest of the country to have an educated workforce. 2009: It is in the interest of the individual to be educated. Financing 1949: Public support for higher education. 2009: Individuals bear increasing share of the cost of education through loans and tax credits.

6 The Context Higher Educations Public Legitimacy 1949: Considerable 2009: Declining Value Proposition 1949: Golden Age 2009: Accountability Age

7 Watershed Moment Spellings Commission – 2006 Access Cost and Affordability Financial Aid Learning Transparency & Accountability Innovation Parenthetically: Indianas equivalent is the Commission for Higher Educations Reaching Higher document.

8 Higher Educations Response Voluntary Systems of Accountability (VSA) U-CAN Question: What are the purposes of these types of systems.

9 Public Policy Questions What artifacts would these systems provide to support our colleges value added contributions to our citizens and our states economy?

10 An Institutional View Could a system or process be developed to render evidence and artifacts to support the value our college adds to our students learning? Possibly, but we have to be open to the possibilities.

11 An Introduction Scholarship of Teaching Ernest Boyer, 1980s, Carnegie Center for Teaching and Learning Question: What does Scholarship of Teaching mean to you?

12 Scholarship of Teaching Expand the definition of research to include studying our teaching effectiveness. As in basic and applied research, first define a problem. Research teaching and other education processes including student affairs (the problem) to provide evidence and artifacts of our student learning.

13 AND We posit this scholarship would produce research artifacts that is public, available for review and evaluation, and can be exchanged and used by others.

14 Reaction Would this be possible at Ivy Tech? What are the obstacles? What are the resources needed? How could this process be used to create curricular and education process change?

15 QUESTIONS?


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