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Continuous Improvement In Academic Affairs, Jen Wells Mar 2019

Continuous Improvement In Academic Affairs, Jen Wells

Assessment in Action Conference

As faculty, we are asked to focus on teaching, research, and service; how we manage our work is often pre-determined by how we allocate time to these three elements. With that, the question is where assessment and continuous improvement fit. This presentation will offer a model of continuous improvement and ideas on how it can be integrated in your current work and not as a check the box exercise. We will also review how assessment can be scaffolded and implemented at the graduate level.


Writing & Connecting Learning Outcomes Across The Co-Curricular Environment, Marilyn Duke, Ciji Heiser, Anthony Helms Mar 2019

Writing & Connecting Learning Outcomes Across The Co-Curricular Environment, Marilyn Duke, Ciji Heiser, Anthony Helms

Assessment in Action Conference

This session focuses on the two primary areas of writing learning outcomes and then connecting outcomes to a co-curricular map. In the first part of the session, participants will work through a learning outcomes model to draft new outcomes or revisit existing outcomes and receive feedback from peers and session facilitators. In the second part of the workshop, the discussion will shift to how to connect learning outcomes across multiple programs and services to develop co-curricular maps. Outcome maps help staff identify areas of strength in student learning outcomes and gaps in outcome development. Participants will have the opportunity to ...


2019 Western Michigan University Assessment In Action Conference, Office Of Assessment And Undergraduate Studies Mar 2019

2019 Western Michigan University Assessment In Action Conference, Office Of Assessment And Undergraduate Studies

Assessment in Action Conference

Included here is the schedule and session descriptions from the 10th Annual WMU Assessment in Action Conference held on March 15, 2019. The conference, sponsored by the Office of Assessment and Undergraduate Studies at Western Michigan University, 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.


Curriculum Mapping As A Path For Success, Susan L. Caulfield, David Paul, Cynthia Visscher Mar 2019

Curriculum Mapping As A Path For Success, Susan L. Caulfield, David Paul, Cynthia Visscher

Assessment in Action Conference

This workshop engages participants in a conversation about their knowledge and experience with curriculum mapping. Examples of curriculum mapping are provided, along with assessment outcomes related to such mapping. Participants will be asked to articulate a class or program-level outcome and workshop facilitators will be able to assist with the definition and creation of outcomes. Such outcomes will then be related back to curriculum mapping. Participants will leave with two different examples of curriculum mapping, as well as some experience in engaging the process of curriculum mapping.


Continuous Improvement In Student Affairs, Jen Wells Mar 2019

Continuous Improvement In Student Affairs, Jen Wells

Assessment in Action Conference

Imagine booking a trip but never getting on the plane, or buying a movie ticket but never walking into the theater. Or what if you fully planned a program, but you never executed it? Barring environmental or extraneous factors, it’s hard to imagine not following through in these scenarios. Now, think about learning valuable information through an assessment project, but never using it. This should be equally unfathomable. The data collected in our assessments should be meaningful by informing our work and helping us continually improve. This presentation offers strategies on how to make data-informed decisions, demonstrate why this ...


Collaborative Learning For High Voltage Engineering Education, Pablo Gomez, Edmund Tsang Mar 2019

Collaborative Learning For High Voltage Engineering Education, Pablo Gomez, Edmund Tsang

Assessment Fellows Grant

The goal of this project is to evaluate the applicability and efficacy of a collaborative learning environment for high voltage (HV) engineering education. This environment is based on the interaction of two pedagogical approaches: computer simulation and experimental/laboratory work. Two courses on HV engineering were offered in parallel in the Fall 2018 semester – one taught at Western Michigan University focusing on computer simulation and the other one taught at Mississippi State University focusing on experimental/laboratory work.


Assessing Creative Growth In The Frostic School Of Art, William Charland Mar 2019

Assessing Creative Growth In The Frostic School Of Art, William Charland

Assessment Fellows Grant

This project examined the suitability of the Torrance Test of Creativity as a direct measure of determining growth in student creativity from matriculation to graduation among students enrolled in B.F.A. and B.A. programs across the areas of the Frostic School of Art (FSoA). Test takers were anonymous, representing an opportunity sample of incoming and outgoing student cohorts. This research project’s aim was to determine if creativity, as distinct from techniques and skills, increased between the first year and graduation among students in the FSoA.


Graduate Student Success: Developing A Holistic Assessment Process For The Electronic Portfolio Using The Acpa/Naspa Professional Competency Areas, Ramona B. Lewis, Casey Dornhecker Mar 2019

Graduate Student Success: Developing A Holistic Assessment Process For The Electronic Portfolio Using The Acpa/Naspa Professional Competency Areas, Ramona B. Lewis, Casey Dornhecker

Assessment Fellows Grant

The purpose of this project is to develop a holistic and sustainable assessment process for the Performance Driven Leadership electronic portfolio that is completed as part of the M.A. in Educational Leadership Higher Education and Student Affairs Leadership (HESA) concentration.


Assessing The Assessors: Potential Barriers To Engaged Writing Assignments, Lisa Singleterry, Susan L. Caulfield Mar 2019

Assessing The Assessors: Potential Barriers To Engaged Writing Assignments, Lisa Singleterry, Susan L. Caulfield

Assessment Fellows Grant

The aim of this project is to inform departments and schools within the College of Health and Human Services of how their faculty, in general, approach writing-related requirements with their courses. Authors adapted 3 surveys to measure faculty perceptions about writing, including faculty approaches to assigning writing, faculty comfort levels with writing and how equipped they are to assess writing. Data will be entered into SPSS for data analysis that will be used to inform needs for department and faculty support or policy development.


A Rather Different ‘Operating System’ For Courses, Learning And Assessments — A Formative, Objectives-Mastery, Modular System (Fomms), David Schuster Mar 2019

A Rather Different ‘Operating System’ For Courses, Learning And Assessments — A Formative, Objectives-Mastery, Modular System (Fomms), David Schuster

Assessment Fellows Grant

This project involves a different way of running courses and assessments, in line with a very formative philosophy on learning. Being a whole system, it involves several components working together. Topics are designed as a sequence of small natural ‘learning units’, each with specific learning objectives. The aim is for all students to eventually attain high-level ‘mastery’ of all topic objectives, given the opportunity. Structured ‘learning tasks’ occur during learning, and ‘mastery assessments’ after topic completion. Both are formative rather than summative, in that students have an opportunity to learn from feedback and try again for mastery (assessment for learning ...


Cliftonstrengths For Students: Developing Engaged And Thriving Students Through Strengths Awareness And Development, Adrienne Fraaza, Ewa Urban Mar 2019

Cliftonstrengths For Students: Developing Engaged And Thriving Students Through Strengths Awareness And Development, Adrienne Fraaza, Ewa Urban

Assessment Fellows Grant

The Office of Student Transitions embarked upon its second pilot year of implementing Gallup's CliftonStrengths for Students into First-Year Seminar (FYS) courses. Strengths development focuses on improving self-awareness and well-being, giving students a tool to understand how to leverage their natural talents for success. Nearly half of the FYS instructors chose to integrate Strengths activities and development into their courses. Final data indicated an increase in self-awareness, confidence, and affirmation of major/career choices. Nearly 89% of pilot students said that Strengths should be implemented in all FYS courses.


What's Your Assessment - Why?, Jen Wells Mar 2019

What's Your Assessment - Why?, Jen Wells

Assessment in Action Conference

Accountability. Accreditation. Resources. Student Success. Student Learning. Student Development. External Factors. Program Review. All of these terms and more are associated with assessment. In this keynote, I want to go back to the why! Why is this important? Why should we do this? What is the why of assessment and how do our own experiences translate and transfer into the concept of continuous improvement.


Online Evaluation Training Program, Lori Wingate Sep 2018

Online Evaluation Training Program, Lori Wingate

Academic Leadership Academy

The Western Michigan University (WMU) Evaluation Center and Extended University Programs are developing an online professional development program in evaluation. The learner-centered program will include a mix of live and self-paced instruction, including webinars, videos, text, assessments, and practice exercises. The following qualities set this program apart from existing academic and ad hoc evaluation training programs:

Equity-informed: As a critical aspect of high-quality evaluation practice, the curriculum is infused with guidance on how to address equity throughout the evaluation process.

Practical: Instruction is connected to practical application so learners can use what they learn right away.

Accessible: Barriers to learning ...


Examination Of Student Outcomes In Hsv 3650: Information Literacy, Betty D. Dennis, Debra K. Lindstrom Mar 2018

Examination Of Student Outcomes In Hsv 3650: Information Literacy, Betty D. Dennis, Debra K. Lindstrom

Assessment Fellows Grant

Prior to 2014, faculty from the College of Health and Human Services (CHHS) had observed that students in upper-level health sciences courses did not have the Information literacy skills needed to succeed in upper level-courses and graduate school curricula. To remedy this, faculty from the University Libraries and CHHS developed and implemented a program that requires students to either (a) successfully pass an information literacy pre-assessment examination, or (b) enroll in a two-credit information literacy course (HSV 3650: Information Literacy in Health Sciences). The purpose of this study was to examine how effective HSV 3650 has been in teaching students ...


Does The Past Predict The Future? A Retrospective Statistical Analysis Of Lower Level Course Grades And Program Outcomes At Graduation, Peter A. Gustafson Mar 2018

Does The Past Predict The Future? A Retrospective Statistical Analysis Of Lower Level Course Grades And Program Outcomes At Graduation, Peter A. Gustafson

Assessment Fellows Grant

In this project, a retrospective statistical analysis was completed to try to establish the correlation between low-level engineering courses and several measures of student success at graduation. The intended outcomes of the study include a tool for prediction of GPA at graduation based on sophomore level courses. This tool will be useful for advising to identify at-risk students for early intervention and remediation. Furthermore, the tool will be useful for recruiting, as students who are likely to be successful in graduate programs can be identified and recruited early in their academic careers.


Assessing In-Course Projects And Students' Interest In Science, Heather Kasper, Mary Anne Sydlik, Susan R. Stapleton Mar 2018

Assessing In-Course Projects And Students' Interest In Science, Heather Kasper, Mary Anne Sydlik, Susan R. Stapleton

Assessment Fellows Grant

An important question in higher education is "How do we best support students so that they stay at Western Michigan and remain or become interested in careers in one of the sciences?” One way seems to be getting students interested in research, which can spark and maintain their continued interest in STEM fields. Traditional laboratory activities often involve repeating classical experiments to reproduce known results rather than engaging students in experiments with the possibility of true discovery. Instead, we need to actively engage students to interest them in STEM and to keep them in the field. Our project uses data ...


Using Elearning For Assessment, Katrina Davidson, Alyssa Moon Mar 2018

Using Elearning For Assessment, Katrina Davidson, Alyssa Moon

Assessment in Action Conference

There are many ways to formatively and summatively assess learner knowledge using an online learning environment. This session will give an overview of these tools and examine use cases.


Integrating Formative And Summative: Assessment Approaches In Student Support Work, Ciji Heiser Mar 2018

Integrating Formative And Summative: Assessment Approaches In Student Support Work, Ciji Heiser

Assessment in Action Conference

This session will focus on how to integrate both formative and summative assessment approaches into programs and services provided for student support. We will discuss the assessment cycle including learning and operational outcomes, selecting and designing assessment tools (both formative and summative), collecting data, and analyzing data to make data-informed decisions.


"What Is My Target?": Clarifying Student Learning Outcomes, Anthony Helms, David Paul Mar 2018

"What Is My Target?": Clarifying Student Learning Outcomes, Anthony Helms, David Paul

Assessment in Action Conference

This session will provide an overview of best practices in writing feasible and measurable learning and process outcomes, including hands-on time to work on your own outcomes.


2018 Western Michigan University Assessment In Action Conference, Office Of Assessment And Undergraduate Studies Mar 2018

2018 Western Michigan University Assessment In Action Conference, Office Of Assessment And Undergraduate Studies

Assessment in Action Conference

Included here is the schedule and session descriptions from the 9th Annual WMU Assessment in Action Conference held on March 16, 2018. The conference, sponsored by the Office of Assessment and Undergraduate Studies at Western Michigan University, 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 student supports units.


Why Are We Doing This?, Linda Suskie Mar 2018

Why Are We Doing This?, Linda Suskie

Assessment in Action Conference

Many find assessment to be a pointless paper-pushing exercise. Done right, however, it is essential to helping students learn and succeed. This presentation will summarize research on strategies that help students learn and succeed and explain the role of assessment in those strategies.


Creating Great Learning Experiences That Help Students Learn And Succeed, Linda Suskie Mar 2018

Creating Great Learning Experiences That Help Students Learn And Succeed, Linda Suskie

Assessment in Action Conference

Great learning activities have three components that connect to each other: a clear purpose, clear guidelines for activities that engage students, and clear grading criteria. In this fast-paced workshop, we will work through all three.


Measuring Intercultural Competency Of Wmu Study Abroad Students, Lee Penyak, Ryan Rounds Mar 2018

Measuring Intercultural Competency Of Wmu Study Abroad Students, Lee Penyak, Ryan Rounds

Assessment Fellows Grant

Using the Global Perspective Inventory (GPI), this project employs pre- and post-tests to measure the extent that study abroad programs influence the development of intercultural competency, if and how students move from monocultural to multicultural frames of mind, and the impact that international travel experiences have on fortifying the University’s third pillar of global engagement. This information will 1) be shared with current faculty directors to build intercultural learning objectives into program curriculum, 2) help WMU SA revise initial and final study abroad proposals by prospective faculty directors, and 3) be used to restructure pre-departure orientations provided by WMU ...


Strategic Planning: Maintaining The Leadership Of The Joint Committee On Standards For Educational Evaluation, Brad Watts Oct 2017

Strategic Planning: Maintaining The Leadership Of The Joint Committee On Standards For Educational Evaluation, Brad Watts

Academic Leadership Academy

The Joint Committee on Standards for Educational Evaluation (JCSEE) was founded in 1975 as a collaborative effort between professional organizations in the U.S. and Canada that are concerned with the quality of evaluations being produced. The Evaluation Center at WMU was also involved in the creation of the JCSEE and housed the organization for many years. Over the past four decades, the JCSEE has published sets of standards through three major publications: •The Program Evaluation Standards •The Personnel Evaluation Standards •The Student Evaluation Standards.

The purpose of this project is to: •Help lead the JCSEE in the development of ...


Do Incentives Increase Response Rates To An Internet Survey Of American Evaluation Association Members?, Lyssa N. Wilson Apr 2017

Do Incentives Increase Response Rates To An Internet Survey Of American Evaluation Association Members?, Lyssa N. Wilson

Research and Creative Activities Poster Day

This randomized experiment examines the effect of different incentive types on online survey response rates. The primary objective of this study was to determine the most effective incentive type to increase response rates to online surveys of American Evaluation Association (AEA) members, specifically.


Assessing Inter-Professional Teamwork Through Low-Fidelity Simulation, Lisa Singleterry, Sally Vliem, Kristine Gibson, Scott Gaynor Apr 2017

Assessing Inter-Professional Teamwork Through Low-Fidelity Simulation, Lisa Singleterry, Sally Vliem, Kristine Gibson, Scott Gaynor

Assessment Fellows Grant

In 2003, it was determined that health-related education needed to shift from discipline-specific silos and into the arena of inter-professional teams. Given this goal, teamwork – which includes communication and the opportunity to learn about, with, and from multiple health disciplines – is the focus of this assessment grant. A sub-group of the faculty in training team of WMU professionals accelerating clinical education redesign (PACER) chose to utilize a low-fidelity simulation (one which uses verbal descriptions, case studies, discussion and role play to explore a particular topic, engaging all simulation participants in an active learning atmosphere) for medical students, clinical psychology graduate ...


Pre-Service Teachers Establishing Professional Identities In The 21st Century, Hsiao-Chin Kuo, Susan Piazza Apr 2017

Pre-Service Teachers Establishing Professional Identities In The 21st Century, Hsiao-Chin Kuo, Susan Piazza

Assessment Fellows Grant

This project investigates how pre-service teachers document their developing professional identities and learning outcomes through an ePortfolio assignment. The goal is to strengthen the program’s ability to improve and document student learning outcomes. Direct measures that determine the development of effective teachers is becoming more challenging with traditional paper and print-based artifacts. An increasing number of programs in higher education utilize web-based portfolios to measure learning outcomes. The ePortfolio developed in an undergraduate literacy course will make use of formative and summative assessments. Data is collected via multiple sources, including pre-service teachers’ ePortfolios and other class artifacts, classroom observations ...


Bba Quantitative Skills: Assessing The Prerequisites, Matthew Ross, A. Michelle Wright Apr 2017

Bba Quantitative Skills: Assessing The Prerequisites, Matthew Ross, A. Michelle Wright

Assessment Fellows Grant

We examine determinants of prerequisite quantitative skill among Bachelor of Business Administration (BBA) students. Preliminary results suggest that undergraduate students are deficient in quantitative skills, even among a sample of finance students whom show greater quantitative ability than the mean BBA student. Mean math quiz performance among 164 student participants substantially lags faculty established expectations. We extend beyond traditional BBA pedagogy research by incorporating the Attitudes Toward Mathematics Inventory (ATMI) and language analysis in a business finance context. We find strong evidence for learning theory explanations involving quantitative prerequisite ability and non-cognitive measures. However, theories involving knowledge decay and demographic ...


Topic Generation And Development In The Freshman Research Paper, Edward J. Eckel Apr 2017

Topic Generation And Development In The Freshman Research Paper, Edward J. Eckel

Assessment Fellows Grant

This study will help better understand the cognitive process students go through in developing their research paper topics by examining how students in selected sections of a freshman engineering writing class come up with an initial topic for their course research paper, how they refine or develop that topic into something they can find adequate research on, and how they shape that topic into a purpose statement for their final research paper. Research methodologies include short online surveys, in-person interviews at the end of the semester, and use of a rubric to assess the final submitted purpose statements for their ...


Examining Changes In Students' Intercultural Development In Student Affairs Professional Preparation, D. Eric Archer Apr 2017

Examining Changes In Students' Intercultural Development In Student Affairs Professional Preparation, D. Eric Archer

Assessment Fellows Grant

This project is to assess if the multicultural mission of the WMU Higher Education and Student Affairs masters’ program (i.e., “recognize the centrality of diversity and inclusiveness to higher education and to effectively and ethically lead and serve in a dynamic educational culture”) is being fulfilled. Students in the HESA program will complete the Intercultural Development Inventory assessment during their first semester in the program (Fall 2016) and again in their final semester (Spring 2018). This pre-and post-test assessment will provide information regarding students’ intercultural development as a result of completing the program, which places an emphasis within the ...