Presentation on theme: "The Personal Development Plan (PDP)"— Presentation transcript:
1 The Personal Development Plan (PDP) A COMPASS FOR STUDENT SUCCESSCathy BuyarskiAssistant Dean, University CollegeIUPUI
2 Focus on LearningLiberal Education and America’s Promise (LEAP) of Association of American Colleges and Universities (AACU)The Essential Learning OutcomesThe Principles of Excellence
3 Principles of Excellence Principle Two:Give Students a CompassFocus each student’s plan of study on achieving the Essential Learning Outcomes and assess progress
4 What is a Personal Development Plan? Personal development planning is a process which will enable students at IUPUI to understand, implement, and mark progress toward a degree and career goal by creating and following a personalized plan that is open to revision and reevaluation every semester in collaboration with an academic advisor or faculty member.
5 Why are we implementing the PDP? The personal development plan is designed to foster:1. Goal commitment (student commitment to earning a degree)2. Academic achievement (through goal setting and planning)3. Curricular coherence and meaning4. Each of these goals is a way to foster student development
7 Five Learning Outcomes for the PDP Self-Assessment: Students identify success-related competenciesExploration: Students research and identify realistic and informed academic and career goalsEvaluation: Students analyze their academic progress in terms of progress toward academic and career goalsGoal Setting: Students connect personal values and life purpose to the motivation and inspiration behind their goalsPlanning: Students locate programs, information, people, and opportunities to support and reality test their goals.
8 In the Beginning… Fall 2008 Assessment Approximately 1250 in 52 sections completed a PDPAssessment: focus groups, student survey, content analysisAssessmentFaculty and advisors liked the PDP but worried that it would become “busy work” and the student wouldn’t use it moving into the futureStudents liked the academic planner and getting to know themselvesContent was acceptable but students didn’t present evidence or reflection at the level we had hoped; career-related content was weak
9 Moving to 2009-2010 Approximately 1800 students completed a PDP Began conceptualizing the PDP as part of an electronic document that a student would carry with them and update as they move through their college experienceCommitteeePortUITS/CTLFaculty from a variety of schools and first-year seminarsCenter for Service and Learning
10 Key Discussion PointsHow do we create a presentation that students will find engaging and that they will “own”?What can we reasonably expect from first-year students? How can we meet student’s personal and cognitive development but build a framework that will be suitable as they learn and mature?How can we build a framework that may allow other programs to utilize the tool?
11 My Co-Curricular Experiences Components of “ePDP”About MeEducational GoalsEducational PlanCareer GoalsMy Academic ShowcaseMy Co-Curricular ExperiencesResume
13 Supporting the use of the ePDP Faculty DevelopmentSummer 2010 conducted week long institute for faculty in pilotTechnologyScaffolding of curriculumReflectionFor Future Faculty DevelopmentFaculty development required to use the ePDP the first timeContinuous development for “veteran” usersWeb site with sample ePDPs, resources, video clips for users
14 Assessment of the ePDP Student course evaluation General questions on course evaluation regardless of completing a paper PDP or ePDPInitial results are showing that students who completed all sections of any PDP (paper or portfolio) had significantly greater outcomes on:Ability to succeed academicallyAdjustment to college lifeUnderstanding the PULsDeveloping personal goalFeeling connected to IUPUIFeeling able to meet the demands of college
15 Survey to Students Using the ePDP Survey to students completing ePDP66% of student respondents indicated that “Understanding Self / Self Awareness” was a specific area of learning that they experienced in completing their ePDP. Within this learning area students also specified the Sub-Categories of: “Identifying Strengths & Weaknesses”, “Understanding Learning Styles / Personality, “Identifying Personal Knowledge, Skills, & Abilities (KSA)”, and “Values & Ethics”. 40% of student participants indicated that the technological processes associated with completing an ePDP were “Easy to Use”.21% of student participants responded that “More Organization & Improved Process of Completing the ePDP” as a suggestion for improvement.
16 Content Analysis Formative Assessment to Improve Prompts and Rubrics Conducted workshops with reviewers to enhance inter-rater reliabilityDistributed sections of the PDPs to at least three reviewersFinal meeting to discuss points of divergence with an eye toward fine tuning the prompts and rubrics
17 Student reactions to the PDP… “I thought the PDP was a great idea. It helps you think about the processes you [use] to study and complete assignments. It helped me to revise my goals and come up with some new ones. The best part was the peak performance plan because it helped map out the future classes so that you know where you need to go and where you have been.”