UW-P faculty/staff to present at HLC conference
You already know representatives from the Higher Learning Commission (HLC) visit campus April 28-May 1 as part of the university's re-accreditation process. You may not know that this weekend, a trio of your University of Wisconsin-Parkside colleagues will visit the HLC!
The HLC annual meeting takes place April 5-9 in Chicago. This meeting traditionally features individuals from across the country who address best practices related to assessment, faculty development, organizational leadership, and other topics relevant to higher education. Two University of Wisconsin-Parkside proposals were accepted for presentation at the HLC as models to educate other institutions
One presentation: "We're in this together: Shared learning goals through faculty development," is part of HLC's Academy for Student Assessment Showcase. The other presentation: "Coordinating a faculty-led, large scale direct student assessment," is presented as part of the HLC general program. Our colleagues Kim Kelley, Jim Robinson, and Theresa Castor co-present both of these presentations.
"We're in this together" provides an overview of our campus' Assessment Liaison program; a community of liaisons who are assessment leaders and where each individual represents an academic department or program. The program was created through the collaborative work of the Office of Institutional Effectiveness (OIE), Academic Achievement Assessment Committee (AAAC), and the Teaching and Learning Center, to provide training and support for liaisons; and the work of our HLC Academy for Student Assessment team of Lori Allen, Susan Lincke, Daphne Pham, John Standard, Castor, Kelley, and Robinson, in helping develop the campus academy project which was the basis for the liaison program.
The "Coordinating a faculty-led, large scale direct student assessment" program focuses on our pilot administration of the ETS Proficiency Profile test in 2010-2011. We were one of three UW campuses to successfully complete our Voluntary System of Accountability (VSA) learning outcomes assessment in 2010-2011.
The process for the test administration was developed through collaboration by the AAAC, OIE, and academic departments that voluntarily agreed to participate in administering the test to their freshmen and seniors. Working with the English department, our campus successfully sampled freshmen students in composition courses. And, working with the support of academic departments and programs which volunteered their senior capstone, senior seminar, and other senior-heavy courses, we were able to sample enough seniors over the course of fall and spring semesters.
Through the collaborative process, UW-Parkside achieved its goal of testing 200 freshmen and 200 seniors. The process used at UW-Parkside is considered an exemplar for other campuses that will administer a large-scale assessment of student learning outcomes.