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1 Effectiveness ASAP (As Simple As Possible) David Eubanks Dir. Planning, Assessment, and Information Services Coker College

2 Hartsville, South Carolina Independent Liberal Arts college About 1200 students Traditional and Non-traditional programs On and off-campus locations Reaffirmed 2005

3 My background Math PhD from Southern Illinois Institutional researcher Institutional effectiveness chair SACS liaison Library and IT responsibilities

4 Why isn’t IE easy?

5 People!

6 Being Realistic More Work High Motivation Less Work Anti- Motivation No Motivation

7 Motivation Strategies Cultivate existing motivation Create new motivation –Incentives –Punishments –Temporary –May have unpleasant side effects

8 Making it Easier Make the project simple to understand –Use familiar language or gently introduce new language Use electronic systems to minimize effort Don’t duplicate effort –Use existing information where possible

9 Case Study: Writing Assessment How can we gather authentic samples?

10 Situation Student → → instructor s get lost Papers vanish after term is over

11 Solution Student → portfolio → instructor Dependable repository saves trouble Papers are saved for later assessment Adds a new form of communication

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14 Case Study: Documentation Keeping track of documents is time-consuming, so many people don’t bother. This is a problem in creating a compliance certification, for example.

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16 Searching

17 Search results

18 Use in Certification

19 Case Study: Building Plans “Solution”: give staff and faculty the SACS Principles and ask them to make it so!

20 Section The institution identifies expected outcomes for its educational programs and its administrative and educational support services; assesses whether it achieves these outcomes; and provides evidence of improvement based on analysis of those results.

21 What does it mean? … provides evidence of improvement based on analysis of those results.

22 It sounds like: 1. Set a goal 2.Measure attainment of the goal and do some analysis 3.Provide evidence that the goal is now being attained better

23 The missing links 1. Set a goal. 2. Measure attainment of the goal and do some analysis. * Take actions that may lead to improvement. ** Measure goal attainment again, and compare to the first time you did it. 3. Provide evidence that the goal is now being attained better.

24 “Ideal” Example 1. Goal: reduce attrition 2. Measurement: currently the 5 yr grad rate is 60% * Take action: raise admission standards ** Measure again: now the 5 yr rate is 62% 3. Evidence: before and after rates constitute evidence of improvement

25 What’s more important? Taking informed ACTION? –Practical—we can act –Immediate—we can act NOW Show evidence of IMPROVEMENT? –May be impractical –Takes time

26 Standardizing General Objective 2.Outcomes statement 3.Assessment method 4.Results and analysis 5.Actions and improvements Which do people care more about?

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29 Case Study: General Ed How can we increase motivation and decrease new requirements in assessing general education objectives?

30 Assessing the Elephant

31 Longitudinal

32 Distribution

33 GPA


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