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Amber Malinovsky Assistant Director Institutional Assessment Texas A&M University
Texas A&M University, College Station, Texas 48,000 students 2,700 faculty 5,500 staff 5,200 acres WEAVE users and programs 470+ programs in entity tree 700 WEAVE users
Office of Institutional Assessment Four full-time employees, two graduate assistants Variety of duties that support assessment Liaison structure Ten colleges Two branch campuses (Galveston and Qatar) Multiple support units (student affairs, undergraduate programs, etc.)
Choose a topic Often suggested by users/Assessment Liaisons Sometimes specific to audience (academic vs. support, by discipline, etc.) Conduct research and collect examples Draft and revise slides and materials Our simple formula: definition + tips + examples + cautions + putting it all together = meaningful, measurable, manageable
Choose dates and locations Advertise and track registrants Announcement sent on lists and posted on website Online form for registration Evaluation and follow-up Past workshops:
Dr. Loraine Phillips Amber Malinovsky
Part One Introduction to Assessment Components of an Assessment Plan Mission Outcomes Measures Achievement Targets Components of an Assessment Report Findings Analysis of Findings Action Plans Annual Reporting
May 31, 2009Data collected August 1, 2009Findings entered September 1, 2009Analysis Questions answered, along with any appropriate action plans September 15, 2009Annual Report question answered October 1, Cycle Year CLOSES no more editing
SACS Comprehensive Standard Institutional Effectiveness The institution identifies expected outcomes, assesses the extent to which it achieves these outcomes, and provides evidence of improvement based on analysis of the results in each of the following areas: (Institutional Effectiveness) educational programs, to include student learning outcomes administrative support services educational support services research within its educational mission, if appropriate community/public service within its educational mission, if appropriate
Develop Program Mission & Outcomes Design an Assessment Plan Implement the Plan & Gather Information Interpret/ Evaluate Information Modify & Improve Adapted from: Trudy Banta, IUPUI
The mission statement links the functions of your unit to the overall mission of TAMU. A few questions to consider in formulating the mission of your unit: What is the primary function of your unit? What core activities are involved? What should those you serve experience after interacting with your unit?
Brief, concise, distinctive Clearly identifies the programs purpose Clearly aligns with the mission of the division and the University Explicitly articulates the essential functions/activities of the program Clearly identifies the primary stakeholders of the program: i.e., students, faculty, parents, etc.
University Career Services, an integral part of the educational process, assists students and alumni in assessing their career possibilities, setting their personal goals and achieving their objectives toward becoming productive citizens in the global community. While assisting its clients in identifying professional employment opportunities, University Career Services also provides the university community with insights into the ever- changing world of work to help develop realistic ways to better educate tomorrows leaders. (Texas Christian University)
When writing Learning Outcomes, the focus must be on the stakeholders (e.g., students, faculty, staff, and others) and what they will think, know, do, or value following the provision of the service.
Process statements Relate to what the unit intends to accomplish Level or volume of activity Efficiency with which you conduct the processes Compliance with external standards of good practice in the field or regulations Satisfaction statements Describe how those you serve rate their satisfaction with your units processes or services
Consider such questions as: What are the most important results or impacts that should occur as a result of your units activities? What are your critical work processes and how should they function? What does the end user experience through interaction with your unit?
Learning Outcomes Students receiving advising services will be able to identify and utilize campus resources. Staff and faculty will be able to use the Oracle system for purchasing. Process statements The number of faculty training workshops and participation rates for WebCT will relate to the needs. The travel office will promptly process travel requests. Satisfaction statements Faculty will report satisfaction in the training received for WebCT. Faculty and staff will report satisfaction with travel processing under the Oracle system.
Outcomes should be: linked to the units mission realistic and attainable limited in number (manageable) something that is under the control of the unit measurable and/or observable meaningful target key services or change points use action verbs
After establishing your outcomes… Define and identify the sources of evidence you will use to determine whether you are achieving your outcomes. Detail what will be measured and how Identify or create, if necessary, measures that help your unit in making critical decisions about its processes and services.
Some things to think about: How would you describe the end result of the outcome? How will you know if this outcome is being accomplished? What will provide you with this information? Where are you currently delivering the outcome? Are there any naturally occurring assessment opportunities? What measures are currently available?
Learning OutcomeMethod of DeliveryHow, When, and Where Information will be Gathered Outcome 1 Outcome 2 Outcome 3 Etc.
Measurable and/or observable You can either observe it, count it, quantify, etc. Meaningful If captures enough of the essential components of the objective to represent it adequately Manageable It can be measured without excessive cost or effort
Direct measures are those designed to directly measure: what a stakeholder knows or is able to do (i.e., requires a stakeholder to actually demonstrate the skill or knowledge) The benefit of programming or intervention
Participation data Observation of behavior Culminating experiences (e.g., presentation, project, internships, etc.) Collection of work samples (portfolios) Pre- and post-measures Volume of activity Level of efficiency (average response time) Measure of quality (average errors)
Indirect measures focus on: stakeholders perception of their level of learning stakeholders perception of the benefit of programming or intervention stakeholders satisfaction with some aspect of the program or service
Surveys Exit interviews Retention/graduation data Demographics Focus groups
An achievement target is the result, target, benchmark, or value that will represent success at achieving a given outcome. Achievement targets can be specific numbers or trends.
Students will achieve a score of 3 or 4 on the rubric. Average score on rubric is a 3 or better (on a scale of 0 to 4). 90% of the transcripts will be sent within three days. Each employee will participate in a minimum of two training/development programs per year. Acquisition statistics will indicate growth in the overall collections that support academic programs.
Outcome: Improve and strengthen media relations and publications Measure 1 (Direct): Track media pitches/releases. Achievement Target: Average of 250 media pitches/releases for the year. Measure 2 (Indirect): Conduct annual readership survey of university magazine. Achievement Target: Feedback via readership survey will indicate average ratings of 7 or better on a 1-10 scale.
Outcome: To provide a library web site that enables users to locate and use information on their own Measure 1 (Direct): Usability testing with small groups Achievement Target: Participants in usability testing demonstrate web sites ease of use Measure 2 (Indirect): LibQUAL+ assessment program Achievement Target: LibQUAL+ results indicate faculty and student satisfaction
Writing your Achievement Target as part of your Outcome Example: Outcome: 80% satisfaction rate from instructors Measure: Biannual instructor satisfaction survey Achievement Target: 80% satisfaction rate Possible Steps to Revision: Satisfied with what? New Outcome: Instructors will report satisfaction with the resources available for course development.
Having the same Measure and Achievement Target Example 1: Measure: Annual review of forms Achievement Target: Annual review of forms Possible Steps to Revision: Go back and look at outcome. Outcome states that Forms and paperwork will be clear, concise & accurate. If the Annual review shows that they are not clear, concise & accurate, what will need to happen? New Achievement Target: Decrease in number of revisions needed to make forms more understandable and accurate.
Having the same Measure and Achievement Target Example 2: Measure: 50 slots for scholarship recipients secured Achievement Target: 50 slots secured for scholarship recipients Possible Steps to Revision: Remember: Measures are more general. Achievement Targets are specific. Identify what it is that youre doing to determine whether or not youve met the achievement target. THIS is your measure. New Measure: Track number of scholarship recipients.
Writing your Achievement Target as part of your Measure Example: Measure: Score a 3 or 4 on an identified technology assignment Possible Steps to Revision: Remember: Measures are more general. Achievement Targets are specific. Outcome states: Demonstrate competency in technology Revise Measure to read: Identified technology assignment. Add Achievement Target: Students will achieve a 3 or 4 on the rubric.
Assessment Plan Mission/Purpose Outcomes, learning & program Assessment Methods with achievement targets Assessment Report Mission/Purpose Outcomes, learning & program Assessment Methods with achievement targets Findings Action Plans Analysis Questions Annual Report Section
SACS Comprehensive Standard Institutional Effectiveness The institution identifies expected outcomes, assesses the extent to which it achieves these outcomes, and provides evidence of improvement based on analysis of the results in each of the following areas: (Institutional Effectiveness) educational programs, to include student learning outcomes administrative support services educational support services research within its educational mission, if appropriate community/public service within its educational mission, if appropriate and provides evidence of improvement based on analysis of the results…
Findings = Assessment data On an Assessment Report, findings refers to a concise summary of the results you gathered from a given assessment measure. The language of this statement should parallel the corresponding achievement target Describe your results in enough detail to prove whether you have met, partially met, or not met your achievement target. It is not necessary to provide any interpretation of your data in your findings summary.
(Optional) Attach documents to support your data. These can include survey instruments or results, reports, committee members and minutes from meetings, etc.
Example 1: Achievement Target: Overall mean score of students from program meets or exceeds state average score. Findings: The overall mean score of students from the Teaching, Learning, and Culture program exceeded that of the state average score of the state certification exam. Results: Program overall mean scaled score91.50, State overall mean scaled score79.13.
Example: Achievement Target: Decrease by 40% the number of undeclared students from the entering major (Fall 2008) to current major (Fall 2009) Findings: 34% of undeclared students who had registered for Fall 2009 classes by the beginning of June had declared a major.
Example: Achievement Target: 10 campus-wide workshops conducted in November and December of Findings: 8 campus-wide workshops were conducted in November and December of 2008.
Reflect on what has been learned during an assessment cycle Identify areas that need to be monitored, remediated, or enhanced Three key questions are at the heart of your analysis: What did you find and learn? So What does that mean for your academic program or support unit? Now What will you do as a result of the first two answers?
You will want to reflect on the following areas: Student Learning Outcomes, if applicable Program Outcomes, if applicable The Assessment Process
After reflecting on the findings, you and your colleagues should determine appropriate action to improve the program. This will lead to at least one action plan. Actions outlined in the action plan should be specific and relate directly to the outcome and the results of assessment.
We do not recommend having an assessment report without any action plans. SACS We do recommend that you keep the number of action plans manageable.
The final step in your assessment report is to consider how your program contributed to one or more of the following: Departmental goals or imperatives College goals or imperatives University mission, goals or imperatives
You do not have to assess everything every year Modify something already being done that is meaningful to the program Summarize your Findings Limit your Action Plans and keep them manageable Consider how your program fits within the universitys mission Be flexiblethis is an iterative process
The Principles of Accreditation: Foundations for Quality Enhancement. SACS COC Edition. Banta, Trudy W., & Palomba, C. (1999). Assessment Essentials. San Francisco: Jossey-Bass. Banta, Trudy W. (2004). Hallmarks of Effective Outcomes Assessment. San Francisco: John Wiley and Sons. Walvoord, Barbara E. (2004). Assessment Clear and Simple: A Practical Guide for Institutions, Departments, and General Education. San Francisco: Jossey- Bass. Assessment manuals from Western Carolina University and Texas Christian University were very helpful in developing this presentation. Putting It All Together examples adapted from Wright State University Libraries Assessment Plan, UHCL Presidents Office Assessment Plan
North Carolina State University _others.htm North Carolina State University _others.htm University of Central FloridaHandbook for Admin Units Texas Christian University Each Other OIA consulting
Amber Malinovsky, Assistant Director Office of Institutional Assessment
What was the most valuable thing you learned? What is one question that you still have? What do you think is the next step that your program needs to take in order to implement systematic program assessment?