UW-Parkside’s Assessment Showcase
April's First Friday was held April 12 and was the venue to display 26 posters during UW-Parkside's first Assessment Showcase. More than 50 faculty and staff gathered to view the posters and enjoy refreshments with their colleagues.
Each poster featured the work of various academic departments and programs on their department's assessment efforts designed to improve student learning in their academic major(s). The posters will be used as part of the data for our re-accreditation, and will be on display when the HLC accrediting team visits campus April 29-May 1. There are also plans to display the posters for the Board of Regents when they visit our campus in October 2013, and share the posters once more at Convocation in the fall semester 2013.
Chancellor Ford presented the Provost's Award for Student Learning Outcomes Assessment, on behalf of Interim Provost Ebeid, to Suresh Chalasani of the College of Business, Economics, and Computing, for his MIS poster. Professor Chalasani's poster presented the assessment results of the "requirements" learning goal of the MIS major. The assessment results from 2007 and 2008 were used to make changes to the MIS 425 class, which helped improve student success rates, and reduced the percentage of students in the "unsatisfactory" category to zero in 2011 and 2012.
Those in attendance also completed ballots to select the People's Choice Award which was presented to Nancy Whitaker, assessment liaison from the Music Department. Her poster presented two assessment projects that evaluated students' skills with respect to two program-level learning outcomes for the major--the first related to analytical skills and musical composition, and the second related to vocal performance. An award certificate was also presented to Music Department Chair Alvaro Garcia.
As a result of the findings for Project I, the Music faculty are piloting a process during the 2012-2013 year in which students who placed into MUS 101 in the fall have a weekly continuation session with the faculty member who taught the fall section of 101 during the spring semester.
This event was sponsored by the Office of Institutional Effectiveness (OIE), the Academic Achievement Assessment Committee (AAAC) and the Teaching & Learning Center.