Meet self-study’s Chapter 3 author Lori Allen
While UW-Parkside Associate Chemistry Professor Lori Allen worked the Higher Learning Commission (HLC) self-study's Chapter 3, titled "Teaching and Learning: Quality, Resources and Support," she had a clear idea of the point she wanted to drive home.
"I want the HLC to understand what we all know: UW-Parkside provides an array of academic programs and that, upon completion, graduates are well equipped to either continue their studies or to enter the workforce," Allen said. "This is only achieved through the continual assessment, either formally or informally, of the academic programs."
Although she stated that the university must improve the way it documents program changes, "the quality is beyond question," she emphasized. "The admitted student is transformed by the whole of the institution, student organizations, and academic programs."
Allen said the chapter provides evidence supporting this transformation. All undergraduate and graduate degree programs, student support services, and student organizations are represented.
In the process of gaining a better understanding of differences and similarities in the degree programs, Allen said while quality teaching and learning looks the same, each discipline finds unique ways to gain their learning outcomes. And she was "pleasantly surprised" by the abundance of information related to teaching and learning.
Calling the chapter a "very rough draft," Allen said it is an ongoing process that requires outside input."Feedback is strongly encouraged for this chapter," she said, laughingly adding, "individuals should ask themselves if leaving their area in the hands of a chemist is a smart choice."