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Wmu Board Of Trustees Formal Session April 22, 2021, Wmu Board Of Trustees Apr 2021

Wmu Board Of Trustees Formal Session April 22, 2021, Wmu Board Of Trustees

WMU Board of Trustees Meetings

  • Acceptance of the Agenda – Chen-Zhang
  • Approval of the Minutes (March 18, 2021 Meeting) – Chen-Zhang
  • Remarks by the Chair – Chen-Zhang
  • Remarks by the President – Montgomery
  • Comments by the Faculty Senate President – Kritzman
  • Comments by the Western Student Association President – West
  • Comments by the Graduate Student Association President – Morris
  • Presentation – Discovering a Pathway to Purpose – Montgomery
  • Public Comments Regarding Action Items – Schuemann

Action Items – Chen-Zhang

  • Undergraduate Tuition Simplification Strategy – Bott
  • WMUK-FM COVID-19 Relief Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) Loan – Bott

Consent Items – Chen-Zhang

  • Curriculum Proposals
  • Personnel Report
  • General Public Comments – Schuemann


2021 Western Michigan University Assessment In Action Conference, Office Of Institutional Effectiveness Apr 2021

2021 Western Michigan University Assessment In Action Conference, Office Of Institutional Effectiveness

Assessment in Action Conference

Included here is the program from the 11th Annual Western Michigan University Assessment in Action Conference held virtually on April 9, 2021. The conference, sponsored by the Office of Institutional Effectiveness, is a one-day event where those new to outcomes assessment can come and learn fundamental knowledge about the field, but it is also a place where those who have worked as leaders in outcomes assessment can come and extend their knowledge and skills and network with colleagues. Conference offerings included learning opportunities on various assessment topics for both academic and learner supports units.


Impacting Occupational Therapy Assistant Student Knowledge About Occupation And Occupation-Based Practice, Allen S. Keener, Cynthia L. Hayden, Dana M. Howell Apr 2021

Impacting Occupational Therapy Assistant Student Knowledge About Occupation And Occupation-Based Practice, Allen S. Keener, Cynthia L. Hayden, Dana M. Howell

The Open Journal of Occupational Therapy

It is important for occupational therapy assistant (OTA) programs to teach about occupation and occupation-based practice (OBP). Few have published on this topic in relation to OTA education. This study focuses on determining if an educational module covering occupation and OBP would increase student knowledge of occupation and occupation-based practice. In this mixed-methods parallel convergent study, OTA students were immersed in an author-designed educational module to increase their knowledge of occupation, OBP, and the selection of occupation-based interventions. The students engaged in pretesting activities, prior to the module, consisting of short-answer essay and intervention selection tasks. At the conclusion of ...


Reshaping The Whole Story: Using Data To Enhance The Fye Experience For Students And Instructors, Adrienne Fraaza Apr 2021

Reshaping The Whole Story: Using Data To Enhance The Fye Experience For Students And Instructors, Adrienne Fraaza

Assessment in Action Conference

In January 2020, the Office of Student Transitions set out to overhaul the FYE experience for students and instructors. Past data indicated there was great opportunity to evaluate and reshape multiple components of the course, including: instructor hiring and training; course consistency; learning outcomes and assessment; and the integration of CliftonStrengths for Students into all sections. This session will go over the journey of planning and implementing the changes based on previous data gathered, the pivots made due to Covid-19, lessons learned, and how data collected this year will inform changes for next fall.


Envisioning Ourselves As Educators: Practices For Student Affairs, Vicki Wise Apr 2021

Envisioning Ourselves As Educators: Practices For Student Affairs, Vicki Wise

Assessment in Action Conference

NASPA and ACPA collectively created seven Principles of Good Practice for Student Affairs (1997) as a framework for how student affairs can put student learning at the heart of its work. In this session, we will explore these seven principles for student affairs and uncover ways to move from theory to action through learning about backward design and development of a learning syllabus.


Holistic Assessment For Continuous Improvement In Student Success Programs, Lauren Carney, Vun Doubblestein, Nate Nguyen, Sue Murray, Liliana Salas Apr 2021

Holistic Assessment For Continuous Improvement In Student Success Programs, Lauren Carney, Vun Doubblestein, Nate Nguyen, Sue Murray, Liliana Salas

Assessment in Action Conference

Student success programs serving diverse student populations describe how they use a holistic and qualitative approach to measuring student success and conducting program evaluation. They will discuss data collection and implementation to enhance programming and services for students served.


Importance Of Reflective, Collaborative And Transparent Practices To Close The Assessment Loop, Vicki Wise Apr 2021

Importance Of Reflective, Collaborative And Transparent Practices To Close The Assessment Loop, Vicki Wise

Assessment in Action Conference

In this session we explore the importance of closing the assessment loop and how collaboration, reflection and transparency are necessary conditions for doing so. The importance of closing the loop is to make evidence-informed decisions. This session offers up practical ways and promising practices to encourage collaboration, reflection and transparency to make assessment more meaningful.


Western Michigan University Assessment Fellows Grants: A Brief History, Featuring The 2019-20 Fellows Grant Recipients, Karen M. Stokes Chapo Apr 2021

Western Michigan University Assessment Fellows Grants: A Brief History, Featuring The 2019-20 Fellows Grant Recipients, Karen M. Stokes Chapo

Assessment in Action Conference

In this session, we will provide a brief overview and history of the WMU Assessment Fellows Grant Program and the 2019-20 grant recipients will share about their projects and experiences.


How To Engage And Assess Learning Through Discussion In Any Modality, Jef Fisher, Megan Hess, Alyssa Moon, Matt Strock, Wendy Swalla Apr 2021

How To Engage And Assess Learning Through Discussion In Any Modality, Jef Fisher, Megan Hess, Alyssa Moon, Matt Strock, Wendy Swalla

Assessment in Action Conference

Discussion is not just sharing ideas and answering questions. It can assist students in developing deeper understanding while honing their communication skills. A form of experiential learning, discussions empower students to communicate and vocalize their thinking, internalize experiences, and encourages them to more aptly reflect on and apply what they learn. In this interactive session, we will explore examples and exercises that you can use in any course to facilitate discussion and gauge student comprehension.


This Is Not A Quiz: How Do We Create And Evaluate Authentic Assessments?, Jef Fisher, Megan Hess, Alyssa Moon, Matt Strock, Wendy Swalla Apr 2021

This Is Not A Quiz: How Do We Create And Evaluate Authentic Assessments?, Jef Fisher, Megan Hess, Alyssa Moon, Matt Strock, Wendy Swalla

Assessment in Action Conference

This hands-on workshop will cover the basic principles of designing and evaluating authentic assessment of learning. In this session, you will work in small groups to create an authentic assessment and will walk away with rubrics that can be modified to suit your purpose.


Using Data Visualization For Continuous Improvement, Ciji Heiser, Evan Heiser, Ewa Urban Apr 2021

Using Data Visualization For Continuous Improvement, Ciji Heiser, Evan Heiser, Ewa Urban

Assessment in Action Conference

This session will identify key principles and recommendations for building effective visualizations and dashboards in higher education. Presenters will address the core aspects of the process for dashboard development, the benefits of using dashboards, and the ways in which dashboards support continuous improvement. Participants will engage in conversations about metrics they can focus on while building department and/or institutional dashboards. Presenters will share examples of several dashboards used for continuous improvement at WMU, including a dashboard for advancing equity, student success services, WMU Signature, and post-graduation outcomes reporting.


Opening Panel Discussion: Using Data For Continuous Improvement, Office Of Institutional Effectiveness Apr 2021

Opening Panel Discussion: Using Data For Continuous Improvement, Office Of Institutional Effectiveness

Assessment in Action Conference

At the 2021 WMU Assessment in Action Conference, Dr. Zebulun Davenport (West Chester University), Dr. Sara Finney (James Madison University), Dr. Ciji Heiser (panel moderator, Western Michigan University) and Dr. Vicki Wise (Oregon State University), participated in a discussion around the topic of learning assessment and using data for continuous improvement. Here you will find a list of resources that the panelists shared for your reference and further discovery about the topics they discussed in the panel.


Connecting Assessment Practice To Equity Work, Ciji Heiser Apr 2021

Connecting Assessment Practice To Equity Work, Ciji Heiser

Assessment in Action Conference

This presentation will share a series of examples that connect assessment work to equity. Examples will include embedding equity throughout the assessment cycle, incorporating diverse perspective in learning outcomes frameworks, working with a student advisory council, and using data visualization to advance equity.


Teacher Professional Learning In A Writing-As-Making Mooc, Vicki Mcquitty, Sarah Lohnes Watulak, Joseph Runciman Mar 2021

Teacher Professional Learning In A Writing-As-Making Mooc, Vicki Mcquitty, Sarah Lohnes Watulak, Joseph Runciman

Teaching/Writing: The Journal of Writing Teacher Education

Teaching students to compose multimodal, digital writing is imperative in today’s world. Yet, few teachers feel prepared to effectively teach writing, particularly digital composing. This study investigated the design and implementation of an online professional development, Writing-as-Making Massive Open Online Collaboration(wmMOOC). In its design, wmMOOC drew upon elements of the maker movement, principles of connected learning, and the social practices of the National Writing Project. Results indicate that participants took ownership over their writing/making and learning processes and engaged in risk-taking—two necessary stances for creating effective digital compositions. However, they did not critically evaluate the traditional ...


Foregrounding The Margins: A Dialogue About Literacy, Learning, And Social Annotation, Lauren Zucker, Jeremiah H. Kalir, Michelle L. Sprouse, Jeremy Dean Mar 2021

Foregrounding The Margins: A Dialogue About Literacy, Learning, And Social Annotation, Lauren Zucker, Jeremiah H. Kalir, Michelle L. Sprouse, Jeremy Dean

Teaching/Writing: The Journal of Writing Teacher Education

Annotation, or the addition of a note to a text, enables readers-as-writers to make their thinking visible. This article, which is structured as a dialogue among four literacy educators, discusses the potential for social annotation to transform literacy learning, assessment, and teacher education. Collectively, the authors argue for social annotation as a vital and transformative practice in hybrid and post-pandemic education. The authors reflect on their personal and pedagogical uses of annotation, sharing related resources for educators across K-12 and higher education contexts.


Pedagogical Practices And Collaborative Conversations: Teacher Candidates’ Approaches For Supporting Students’ Motivation In Writing, Michelle M.Z. Ohanian, Ernest Solar, Kara J. Brady, Carolyn Cook, Barbara Marinak Mar 2021

Pedagogical Practices And Collaborative Conversations: Teacher Candidates’ Approaches For Supporting Students’ Motivation In Writing, Michelle M.Z. Ohanian, Ernest Solar, Kara J. Brady, Carolyn Cook, Barbara Marinak

Teaching/Writing: The Journal of Writing Teacher Education

Writing is a multi-layered endeavor that calls on the writer to use their technical skills and rely on their emotional investment to realize a desired outcome. New practitioners need approaches for supporting students’ motivation and as well as skill development in writing. However, explicit attention to supporting students’ motivation to write has not been largely addressed in teacher preparation programs. The Motivation to Write Profile – College (MWP-C) instrument was developed to assess teacher candidates’ self-concept as a writer and value of writing. This qualitative study analyzed the open-ended responses of 96 teacher candidates to prompts related to self-concept as a ...


Cultivating Dialogic Reflection To Foster And Sustain Preservice Teachers’ Professional Identities, Katie Alford, Amber Jensen Mar 2021

Cultivating Dialogic Reflection To Foster And Sustain Preservice Teachers’ Professional Identities, Katie Alford, Amber Jensen

Teaching/Writing: The Journal of Writing Teacher Education

This article explores how two teacher educators cultivated dialogic partnerships in an English teaching methods course and during student teaching. The goal was to foster reflection and professional identity development among preservice teachers. We share our approaches to integrating dialogic journals into coursework and student teaching praxis and offer initial observations about ways we see dialogic reflection as a practice that can support and sustain preservice teachers through early teaching transitions and into their careers.


Writing To Transgress: Autobiographies And Family Trees As Multimodal And Culturally Sustaining Writing Pedagogy, John Wesley White, Cynthia Lynn Sumner Mar 2021

Writing To Transgress: Autobiographies And Family Trees As Multimodal And Culturally Sustaining Writing Pedagogy, John Wesley White, Cynthia Lynn Sumner

Teaching/Writing: The Journal of Writing Teacher Education

Engaging today's students in writing often requires more than formulas and prompts; it requires the use of culturally sustaining genres and modalities that speak to students' lived experiences and what they know best. This paper chronicles an urban teacher's attempt to create and use a writing prompt and a genre that would speak to and engage students who had previously experienced discouragement surrounding their academic writing. More specifically, we examine how the teacher used family trees, student-led interviews with family members, and family artifacts to engage his students in telling their own stories and, subsequently, how changes in ...


Decentering The Book(Room) And (Re)Centering Students’ Interest In Contemporary Issues: Theories, Questions, And Relevance, Annamary Consalvo, Katharine Covino, Natalie Chase Mar 2021

Decentering The Book(Room) And (Re)Centering Students’ Interest In Contemporary Issues: Theories, Questions, And Relevance, Annamary Consalvo, Katharine Covino, Natalie Chase

Teaching/Writing: The Journal of Writing Teacher Education

This article offers a framework by which teacher educators can offer novice teachers of English a way to open up the teaching of literature away from book-centric practices and toward those of inquiry. A six-step process, accompanied by a detailed example, is offered that acknowledges the traditional bookroom options and connects to the wide array of literary theories that can generate essential questions and move teaching away from atomized, right-wrong kinds of instruction and toward addressing issues of interest and importance to youth.


“Can I Write About What Happened To Me?”: A Narrative Inquiry Into The Audience And Purpose Of Students’ And Their Teachers’ Writing In An Age Of Accountability And Unrest, Kate Sjostrom Mar 2021

“Can I Write About What Happened To Me?”: A Narrative Inquiry Into The Audience And Purpose Of Students’ And Their Teachers’ Writing In An Age Of Accountability And Unrest, Kate Sjostrom

Teaching/Writing: The Journal of Writing Teacher Education

Many teachers and administrators, feeling the pressure to produce high standardized test scores and meet state standards, have narrowed the variety of genres taught and resorted to prescriptive writing formulas, effectively stunting the writing and thinking development of students and future teachers, and foreclosing the opportunity for writing to do important personal and interpersonal work in a time of racial reckoning, alienation, and violence. In this context, the study’s author and a pre-service teacher participating in the author’s research study on writing teacher identity development grapple with just what the audience and purpose of students’—and teachers’—writing ...


Building And Maintaining Sanctuary Spaces Through Face To Face Writing Assessment, Jeffrey Austin, Ann Burke, Ellen Foley, Gretchen Rumohr Mar 2021

Building And Maintaining Sanctuary Spaces Through Face To Face Writing Assessment, Jeffrey Austin, Ann Burke, Ellen Foley, Gretchen Rumohr

Teaching/Writing: The Journal of Writing Teacher Education

Seasoned secondary and college instructors discuss successful face-to-face assessment, especially in virtual settings. F2F assessment frees educators to co-create equitable literacy learning experiences with students, encourages agency, demystifies the grading process, develops the classroom community, and brings meaningful inquiry about writers’ own skills and practices, ultimately disrupting inequities and inequalities of traditional grading and creating “sanctuary spaces” for all writers.


The Evolution Of An Elementary Writing Workshop: Fostering Teacher Efficacy And Authentic Authorship In Young Writers, Jennifer Green, Kayla Steber Mar 2021

The Evolution Of An Elementary Writing Workshop: Fostering Teacher Efficacy And Authentic Authorship In Young Writers, Jennifer Green, Kayla Steber

Teaching/Writing: The Journal of Writing Teacher Education

Building confidence and efficacy in young writers is critical to long-term academic success, but for many teachers, writing is a complex and challenging discipline to teach. This exploratory case study examines the evolution of a writing workshop in an elementary classroom and the partnership between an instructional coach and teacher. Observational data shed light on the phenomena of student motivation, teacher efficacy, and culturally responsive approaches to writing. Collaborative teaching methods and careful attention to the principles of writing workshop contributed to an enriching journey for the coach, the teacher, and her third-grade students. A portrait of their lived experiences ...


Extending Literacy Work Beyond Our Buildings: The Collaborative Work Of Creating A Community Writing Center, Catherine Calabro Cavin, Cathy Fleischer, Ann Blakesee, Mary Garboden Mar 2021

Extending Literacy Work Beyond Our Buildings: The Collaborative Work Of Creating A Community Writing Center, Catherine Calabro Cavin, Cathy Fleischer, Ann Blakesee, Mary Garboden

Teaching/Writing: The Journal of Writing Teacher Education

YpsiWrites, a community writing center that supports youth and adults, is a collaborative effort among 826michigan, Eastern Michigan University’s Office of Campus and Community Writing, and the Ypsilanti District Library. The authors share the background for this work, the partnerships that sustain it, and the day-to-day realities of operating it. They conclude with ideas for how others might create similar collaborations to extend literacy beyond the walls of schools.


Wmu Board Of Trustees Formal Session March 18, 2021, Wmu Board Of Trustees Mar 2021

Wmu Board Of Trustees Formal Session March 18, 2021, Wmu Board Of Trustees

WMU Board of Trustees Meetings

  • Acceptance of the Agenda – Chen-Zhang
  • Approval of the Minutes (January 21, 2021 Meeting)Chen-Zhang
  • Remarks by the Chair – Chen-Zhang
  • Remarks by the President – Montgomery
  • Comments by the Faculty Senate President – Kritzman
  • Comments by the Western Student Association President – West
  • Comments by the Graduate Student Association President – Morris
  • Presentation – Celebrating WMU’s Frontline Healthcare Workers – Anderson
  • Public Comments Regarding Action Items – Schuemann

Action Items – Chen-Zhang

  • Consent Items – Chen-Zhang

Board of Trustees Meeting Dates 2022
Curriculum Proposals
Personnel Report
Annuity and Life Income Funds Performance Report
Operating Cash Investment Performance Report

  • General Public Comments – Schuemann


Wmu Board Of Trustees Formal Session January 21, 2021, Wmu Board Of Trustees Jan 2021

Wmu Board Of Trustees Formal Session January 21, 2021, Wmu Board Of Trustees

WMU Board of Trustees Meetings

  • Acceptance of the Agenda – Chen-Zhang
  • Approval of the Minutes (December 12, 2019 Meeting) – Chen-Zhang
  • Remarks by the Chair – Chen-Zhang
  • Remarks by the President – Montgomery
  • Comments by the Faculty Senate President – Kritzman
  • Comments by the Western Student Association President – West
  • Comments by the Graduate Student Association President – Morris
  • Presentation – Arcadia Flats – Anderson
  • Presentation – Connecting with Students: Retention through Coordinated Outreach – Bott
  • Public Comments Regarding Action Items – Schuemann
  • Action Items – Chen-Zhang
  • Board of Trustee Officer Election – Schuemann
    Consumers Energy Utility Easement Request– Van Der Kley
    Amendment to the WMU Foundation Bylaws: Capacity Building Committee – DeVries
    Amendments to the Faculty Senate Constitution – Kritzman ...


Autoethnographies Of Reading As An Occupation, Catherine Candler, Randa Mikeska, Kendall Lacy, Nancy Elliott, Audrey Huddleston Jan 2021

Autoethnographies Of Reading As An Occupation, Catherine Candler, Randa Mikeska, Kendall Lacy, Nancy Elliott, Audrey Huddleston

The Open Journal of Occupational Therapy

Background: The conceptualization of reading as an occupation is an emerging area, and guides for occupational focus in reading intervention are incompletely formed. We explored our own experiences with reading and awareness of reading as a personal occupation for perspectives to inform our practice.

Methods: We used autoethnography to capture our five separate experiences. These experiences were analyzed collectively for themes using the lens of occupation as framed by the model of occupational adaptation.

Results: Across our experiences, occupational patterns, products, and meaning were identified. Themes in patterns of reading highlighted the challenges of the academic setting and the importance ...


Social Participation In College Students With Chronic Pain, Karen Mccarthy, Megan Chamberlain, Megan Chinn, Jennifer Pineda, Camille Santiago, Jamie Spitzer, Patricia Tran Jan 2021

Social Participation In College Students With Chronic Pain, Karen Mccarthy, Megan Chamberlain, Megan Chinn, Jennifer Pineda, Camille Santiago, Jamie Spitzer, Patricia Tran

The Open Journal of Occupational Therapy

Background: College students with invisible disabilities, including chronic pain, often experience difficulty engaging in social occupations, both on and off campus, because of stigma, misconceptions, or social exclusion. Previous research has examined the use of academic accommodations to address these concerns or focused on the physical barriers to participation, failing to address the psychosocial and holistic impact of pain. Chronic pain can affect a variety of occupations, including social participation, which is a significant occupation for college students. This research explores the lived experience of chronic pain for college students and the impact of pain on social participation from an ...


Editorial Review Board Vol. 60 Issue 1 Jan 2021

Editorial Review Board Vol. 60 Issue 1

Reading Horizons: A Journal of Literacy and Language Arts

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"Are We Excavating Today?" A Portrait Of Vocabulary-Enhanced Intervention Practices, Deborah Kardane Jan 2021

"Are We Excavating Today?" A Portrait Of Vocabulary-Enhanced Intervention Practices, Deborah Kardane

Reading Horizons: A Journal of Literacy and Language Arts

This case study focused on the design and implementation of a third-grade vocabulary-enhanced reading intervention for below grade–level readers. The activities aimed to simultaneously engage students in tending to phonological, orthographic, syntactical, and semantic elements of new vocabulary words while also taking into account the vital role that collaboration and social interaction play in student learning. Descriptive statistics were integrated with qualitative methods focusing on language use in order to paint a complete portrait of students’ and teachers’ experiences with revised instructional practices. Findings suggest vocabulary instruction in an intervention setting can encourage student collaboration and social interaction while ...


Teachers’ Perspectives About Students’ Productive Textual Engagement In Social Studies, Jacquelynn S. Popp, Paula Di Domenico, Joanna Makhlouf Jan 2021

Teachers’ Perspectives About Students’ Productive Textual Engagement In Social Studies, Jacquelynn S. Popp, Paula Di Domenico, Joanna Makhlouf

Reading Horizons: A Journal of Literacy and Language Arts

Because close reading and critical analysis of multiple sources is central to social studies, understanding teachers’ perspectives about productive textual engagement is imperative. This comparative study explored twelve 5ththrough 11th-grade social studies teachers’ perspectives about supporting students’ textual engagement via think-aloud interviews. Teacher-participants read hypothetical vignettes representing four paradigms of instruction with texts in social studies classrooms. Participants ranked the vignettes, provided reasoning about their value, and reflected on their own practices in relation to the paradigms. Participants placed higher value on fostering students’ historical literacies and civic literacies than on supporting students’ content-area literacies or traditional content acquisition. There ...