The Fact Checkers: Data & Resources Working Group
During the 2012 election campaign, a new group has risen to prominence: The Fact Checkers. This group examines the veracity of the candidates' statements and lets us know whether they or not the office seekers are speaking the truth.
UW-Parkside has its own fact checking team: the Data and Resources Working Group. Led by chair Anna Stadick, the group examined the first draft of the Higher Learning Commission (HLC) self-study to make sure it is factually correct.
"During the phase of getting comments from the campus, Data and Resources did what's called an 'evidence template,'" said accreditation co-chair Kim Kelley. Using the template, they "evaluated every chapter to ensure their evidence was current and that the evidence was there for every single assertion made."
Along with Stadick, who is university archivist, and Kelley, assistant vice chancellor for Institutional Effectiveness; Registrar Rhonda Kimmel and Campus Technology Services' IS Data Services Specialist Craig Royal are the Data and Resources Working Group. In addition to finding and verifying evidence, this working group is gathering the information that supports the self-study all in one location.
"Data and Resources is responsible for organizing all the evidence in the virtual resource room," stated accreditation co-chair Rob Barber.
Kelley added, "There's evidence mentioned in the report [the self-study] but there's a whole level of evidence beyond that which provides illustrations of faculty work in the classroom...relevant to how well we meet the standard, [evidence that] couldn't make it into the report. The virtual resource room will have all of those data ready for the team to review...in case what's in the report isn't sufficient in their view."
Data and Resources is one of three Resource Working Groups supporting the self-study. The Document Design and Editing Working Group was profiled in the Oct. 12 edition. Ranger Today will introduce you to the Communications and Logistics Working Group in the Friday, Oct. 26 issue.