Campus Assessment Network (CAN)
Notes from meeting of
March 31, 2009
The fourth meeting of the Campus Assessment Network (CAN) in FY 2009 was held Tuesday, March 31, 2009 at 9:00 a.m. in Campus Life 115.
Swanson opened the meeting with welcome and introductions. One
new member was introduced -- Bob Beatty, Associate Professor in the
Susan Hatfield conducted two workshops at NIU on March 20th. The morning workshop, entitled Leave No Outcome Behind: Teaching, Learning and Assessment, focused on the importance of emphasizing the improvement of student learning while creating a campus culture of assessment.
The afternoon workshop, entitled Getting Students Involved in Assessment, looked at engaging students in the assessment process. The power points from these workshops are available through the Office of Assessment Services (OAS) (firstname.lastname@example.org or 753-8659).
Swanson handed out a summary of the evaluation form feedback from the 2009 Assessment Expo, which was held on February 20th. This year the format included poster presentation and roundtable discussions on four assessment topics: use of rubrics, using multiple measures, innovative technology and closing the assessment loop. The posters can be viewed at the OAS website at http://www.niu.edu/assessment/events/expo/index.shtml. The feedback was generally positive, although a number of participants indicated they wanted more time for the round table discussions.
Participants indicated a very strong interest in rubrics and multiple measures and some wanted more samples of rubrics available on the OAS website. These can be found in the new Assessment Manual.
Assessment Services has introduced a new resource for assessment at NIU. The Assessment Manual, an extensive online reference, is a resource for anyone on campus who is seeking information about aspects of assessing student learning outcomes. The manual contains nine chapters which are easy to navigate. A brief overview of each chapter was provided:
Douglass noted that this is a living document which is expected to continually evolve, as new resources are found they will be added. Suggestions and contributions are encouraged. We would like to start collecting publications from NIU faculty and staff on assessment topics.
Campus Assessment Message
A subcommittee has been working on assessment messages targeted at four groups; faculty, administrators, students, and community partners. The message content has been developed and Media Services is developing graphics. The final images can be used for posters, web pages, and any other message medium, and will be made available on the OAS website.
Q&A Session for Annual Assessment Updates
The second portion of the meeting was a question and answer session for the annual assessment update reports. These reports are due for each academic program annually. These reports keep units actively reporting their assessment activities and help NIU stay aware of what is going on for accreditation purposes.
A reminder letter went out in March and the reports are due to be submitted by June 1. Each unit is required to report on two assessment methods that were implemented in the 2008-2009 academic year. A form and an example are available on the OAS website at http://www.niu.edu/assessment/annualupdate/index.shtml. OAS reviews the reports and provides feedback for each program.
There are four areas of information required on the report form. In the first section, methods should be listed with a brief description. In section 2, learning outcomes which were measured by these methods should be listed. The third section, Evidence, should describe the results obtained from the assessment method. The fourth section should describe how the results were used for program improvement. Additionally copies of tools used to implement the method, such as rubrics or surveys, should be included with the report.
The following topics were also discussed in the session:
Further questions on the Annual Assessment Update Reports can be addressed to Carolinda Douglass at cdoug.niu.edu or 753-8659.
CAN members who have an assessment practice they would like to share or get feedback on are encouraged to contact Carolinda Douglass at email@example.com.
An announcement will be sent out when the next meeting has been scheduled.