112. What do you most want students to learn? Why?After they graduateWhat should they be prepared to DO?How should they USE what they learn?...in your program or core requirement?11
123. What else do you most want to achieve? MissionStrategic goalsOther important goals12
134. What evidence do you have that you and your students are achieving those goals? Outcomes – not just strategies & processes1313
145. Are you satisfied with your evidence? Why or why not?What are your standards for success?Are they appropriately rigorous?Are your results of sufficient quality that you can answer this?Systematic, not anecdotal or scattershot1414
156. If not, what are you doing about it? Strategic goals & plans based on assessment evidenceFunding priority to requests supported by assessment evidence1515
16Determining Compliance How much is enough?This is a subjective decision requiring judgement.Evaluators may consider the following.What Might an Evaluator Consider?
17Compliance in “Substantial Measure” Does your institution demonstrate sufficient evidence of compliance with the standards?No A for effort!Past & present more important than future
18Systematic Evidence of Compliance NOT justAssertionsAnecdotesPlans
19Consistent Evidence Undergrad & graduate programs Professional & liberal arts programsOn- & off-campus locationsOnline & face-to-face programsStudent learning & other aspects of institutional effectiveness
20How Much Has Been Implemented? Any significant gaps or shortcomings?Why?How sizable are they?What is their impact?Do you recognize the gaps?What are you doing about them?
21Does Everyone “Get It”?Is there a pervasive culture of evidence-informed planning & decision-making?Do assessment results inform important decisions?How often are assessment results discussed byBoardCabinetDepartmentsImportant decisions = money2121
22Sustained Assessment Will momentum slow after this review? How do campus leaders support and facilitate assessment?Are you keeping things simple?Are time & money invested in proportion to value?Pat McGuire: “Compassionate rigor”2222
23How to Report on Assessment Compliance DocumentAnalyzeSummarize
24Your Goals Strategic/institutional goals Learning outcomes General educationProgram-level
25For Each Goal... How you’re assessing it Assessment results Analysis: What the results are telling youHow results have been used for improvementWhere you’re going with assessment
26Ideally... Make visible what you’re already doing. Documentation already on handAn overviewAn overall analysis
27Ideally... Information and reports you already share A format that’s useful to you and your colleaguesInformation, not just dataAnalysis: Not just results but what they say to youWhat your board should be asking for!
29Alternatively...For each strategic goal, gen ed requirement, academic program...One-page summary plus rubrics/criteriaAnalysis, not just numbersWhat are the results telling you?In an appendix, online, CD, flash driveFormats can be inconsistent.Reviewer may choose a representative sample.If you’re not working at the ideal institution...We don’t prescribe how an institution will document this, so be open to anything! May be any or all of the above.
30Documenting Institutional Effectiveness Institutional (Strategic) GoalKey Strategies to Achieve ItHow Assessed (Performance Indicators?)Summary/ Analysis of ResultsUse of ResultsPlans/ Schedule Going Forward1.2.3.Examples of institutional strategic goals:Meet regional employment needsPrepare students for success in a diverse, global society
31Documenting Gen Ed Learning Assessment Gen Ed Requirement Learning GoalHow/ Where TaughtHow Assessed *Summary/ Analysis of ResultsUse of ResultsPlans/ Schedule Going Forward1.2.3.* Provide rubric, survey, etc., so reviewers can verify rigor & match to goal.
32Documenting Program-Level Learning Assessment Program Learning GoalHow/ Where TaughtHow Assessed *Summary/ Analysis of ResultsUse of ResultsPlans/ Schedule Going Forward1.2.3.* Provide rubric, survey, etc., so reviewers can verify rigor & match to goal.
33Evidence First, Then An Overview in Your Report Summary & overall analysisChartsStrategic goalsGen ed requirementsAcademic programsLinks to each appendixAnswers without links to evidence aren’t answers.
34Resources at www.msche.org Click on Publications.Scroll down and click on “Guidelines for Institutional Improvement”Assessing Student Learning and Institutional Effectiveness: Understanding Middle States ExpectationsEvaluating Institutional Student Learning Assessment Processes (a rubric)Information on Assessment Models and Best PracticesSuggested Readingsand much more!