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1 Assessment > What it Means and Why it is Important Developed and Presented by the Assessment Committee Faculty Day, August 28, 2008 Saint Joseph’s College of Maine

2 Assessment > What it Means and Why it is Important Assessment > We Aim to … Increase understanding of the College’s Assessment Initiative Create familiarity with our College’s Institutional Learning Assessment Plan Increase awareness of current and planned activities related to assessment Communicate methods to stay connected Faculty Day, August 28, 2008Developed by the SJCME Assessment Committee2

3 Assessment > What it Means and Why it is Important Institutional Assessment Committee Assessment > How We Got Here Faculty Day, August 28, 2008Developed by the SJCME Assessment Committee3 Guiding Principles Sr. Marilyn Sunderman Kathleen Clements June Marshall Karen Lemke Lisa Theriault Learning Goals Margaret Hourigan Greg Gull Sr. Patricia Flynn Scott Balcomb Katrina Hoop John Hufstader Janet Douglas Relationships Between College Plans Mark Green Joyce Coburn Beth Auger Jonathan Malmude Bill Yates Conceptual Relationships Sue Kelly Dale Brooker Nick Benfaremo Gail Marchigiano Bill Lemke Nina Eduljee Cynthia Mowles VPAA Initiative Nina Eduljee Greg Gull Gail Marchigiano Steven Bridge Institutional Learning Assessment Plan

4 Assessment > What it Means and Why it is Important Assessment > What is Your Initial Reaction? Faculty Day, August 28, 20084Developed by the SJCME Assessment Committee Happy Confused Unhappy Questioning Avoiding Contemplative Knowledgeable Red Faced

5 Assessment > What it Means and Why it is Important Assessment > So What is it? “An ongoing process aimed at understanding, documenting and improving student learning.” — Stiehl, 2002 “The systematic gathering of information about student learning and the factors that affect learning, undertaken with the resources, time, and expertise available, for the purpose of improving learning.” — Walvoord, 2004 “The systematic collection, review, and use of information about educational programs undertaken for the purpose of improving student learning and development.” Palomba & Banta, 1999 Faculty Day, August 28, 2008Developed by the SJCME Assessment Committee5

6 Assessment > What it Means and Why it is Important What Does That Mean? Without student assessment, it would be impossible to know if students are meeting the goals and expectations of an institution, department, or class. An instructor who assumes that students are learning just because they attend class may end up being disappointed when it comes to exams or papers. There is often a gap between what was taught by the teacher and what was learned by the student. Assessment provides the necessary information to identify and bridge this gap. Faculty Day, August 28, 2008Developed by the SJCME Assessment Committee6

7 Assessment > What it Means and Why it is Important “Assessment does not need to be complicated … and, rightly used it can be a powerful tool for improvement. Good information in the right hands is potentially the best lever for change. If assessment is done properly, it can provide a basis for wiser planning and budgeting, and change in curriculum, pedagogy, staffing, programming, and student support, rather than wasting resources on the latest educational fad or vague notions about what might be effective…further, careful attention to students’ learning by departments and the institution can help create a climate of caring and engagement that supports students ’ own commitment to their learning.” — Walvoord, 2004 Clearly, no institution that claims to take seriously their dedication to student learning can do so without the aid of assessment. Faculty Day, August 28, 2008Developed by the SJCME Assessment Committee7

8 Assessment > What it Means and Why it is Important We are Accountable … Faculty Day, August 28, 2008Developed by the SJCME Assessment Committee8 “Regional and professional accreditation agencies across the United States are explicitly requiring demonstrable evidence of planning processes that are systematic, and that are rooted in quantitative and qualitative measures” — Middaugh & Seybert, 2006 A comprehensive assessment program that incorporates these measures is a principle means of satisfying accountability. Rooted in and professing fidelity to the teachings of Jesus Christ and the doctrines and heritage of the Roman Catholic Church, Saint Joseph's College, sponsored by the Sisters of Mercy, is a liberal arts college that nurtures intellectual, spiritual and social growth in students of all ages and all faiths within a value-centered environment. —SJCME Mission Statement

9 Assessment > What it Means and Why it is Important Assessment > Goals Faculty Day, August 28, 2008Developed by the SJCME Assessment Committee9 SJCME Mission Learning Goals Core Values Intellectual Spiritual Social Intellectual Spiritual Social Faith Excellence Integrity Community Faith Excellence Integrity Community Respect Compassion Justice Respect Compassion Justice “What gets measured, gets attended to; What gets attended to, gets done” — Anonymous

10 Assessment > What it Means and Why it is Important Assessment > Target Outcomes Faculty Day, August 28, 2008Developed by the SJCME Assessment Committee10 Student Learning Outcomes Intellectual Spiritual ›Passion for Learning ›Decision Making Skills and Thinking Abilities ›Information and Technological Literacy ›Effective Communication ›Career Preparation ›Passion for Learning ›Decision Making Skills and Thinking Abilities ›Information and Technological Literacy ›Effective Communication ›Career Preparation ›Ethics and Integrity ›Faith and Spirituality ›Ethics and Integrity ›Faith and Spirituality Social ›Global Awareness and Perspective ›Social Responsibility and Justice ›Environmental Responsibility ›Global Awareness and Perspective ›Social Responsibility and Justice ›Environmental Responsibility Institutional Level Department Level Course Level

11 Assessment > What it Means and Why it is Important Assessment > Working Together Institutional Level Department Level Institutional Assessment Directors Course Level Faculty Day, August 28, 2008Developed by the SJCME Assessment Committee11

12 Assessment > What it Means and Why it is Important Assessment > Plan Outline Institutional Learning Assessment Plan Components – Guiding Principles of Assessment – Mission Goals and Values of the College – Institutional Student Learning Outcomes – Areas and Levels of Mission Fulfillment Organizational Chart and Role of Vice Presidents – Assessment Process Assessment at the Course/Department Level Assessment at the Institutional Level – Conclusion Faculty Day, August 28, 2008Developed by the SJCME Assessment Committee12

13 Assessment > What it Means and Why it is Important Assessment > What’s Next Faculty Day, August 28, 2008Developed by the SJCME Assessment Committee13 Septembe r 2008 › Read the Assessment Plan and provide feedback to Institutional Assessment Directors › Develop comprehensive Assessment Communications Plan All Faculty VPAA and Institutional Assessment Directors October 2008 › Meet with Department Chairs to discuss and finalize assessment methodology and metrics › Workshops with all faculty members to discuss and finalize assessment methodology and metrics › Communicate Assessment Plan to non-faculty stakeholders Department Chairs and Institutional Assessment Directors All Faculty and Institutional Assessment Directors Students, Administration, etc. and Institutional Assessment Directors November 2008 › Commence Program Reviews All Stakeholders

14 Assessment > What it Means and Why it is Important Assessment > Stay Connected Faculty Day, August 28, 2008Developed by the SJCME Assessment Committee14 Learning Assessment Link on mySJC page Learning Assessment – http://sigma.sjcme.edu/mySJC/LearningAssessment.html Email LearningAssessment@sjcme.eduLearningAssessment@sjcme.edu Quarterly Newsletter starting January 2009


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