The Goal The College's goal is to graduate students with the ability to think analytically and creatively, and to write and speak effectively.
The Unmoved Mover [I]t is imperative […] to avoid narrow definitions of student learning or excessively standardized measures of student achievement.
The Unmoved Mover Collegiate learning is complex, and the evidence used to investigate it must be similarly authentic and contextual.
The Unmoved Mover But to pass the test of public credibility […] the evidence of student learning outcomes used in the accreditation process must be rigorous, reliable, and understandable. All CHEA quotes are from: http://www.chea.org/pdf/StmntStudentLearningOutcomes9-03.pdf
Example: arithmetic 13 + 5 = 18 ? This can be assessed with high reliability and high validity because it’s algorithmic.
Example: Turing Test The Turing Test for Machine Intelligence: If a computer, on the basis of its written replies to questions, could not be distinguished from a human respondent, then ‘fair play’ would oblige one to say that it must be ‘thinking’. -Quoted from Alan Turing: The Enigma, by Andrew Hodges
Just The Facs, ma’am The Faculty Assessment of Core Skills (FACS) Mission-based (effective writing, etc.) Rubrics in course syllabi Evaluation of authentic evidence each term Aggregation of results into group perception
features Uses authentic data in context Uses full perceptive ability of experts Fosters dialogue among students, faculty Creates a “Wittgensteinlich” language Has high prima fascia validity Has measurable reliability Is “low stakes”, reducing rater bias