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Assessment When Learning Matters Most: General Education Assessment Design

Action Project Declaration

Institution: Southern Illinois University Edwardsville
Status: ACTIVE Submitted: 11-15-2012
Contact: Denise Cobb Telephone: (618) 650-5609
Email: pcobb@siue.edu
Timeline
Planned Project Kickoff Date: 12/1/2012 Created: 11/29/2013
Target Completion Date: 5/12/2014 Updated: 10/10/2013

A. Give this Action Project a short title in 10 words or fewer:

Assessment When Learning Matters Most: General Education Assessment Design

B. Describe this Action Project's goal in 100 words or fewer:

This action project will form a committee that will collaboratively develop a comprehensive assessment plan for the new general education program (the Lincoln Plan). Reporting to the Provost and the Faculty Senate, the committee will 1) review institutional processes related to general education assessment, 2) develop a comprehensive general education assessment plan to measure specific learning outcomes associated with the SIUE objectives for the baccalaureate degree, 3) establish procedures for continuous reviewof the general education plan and use of the general education data for the purpose of curricular improvement, 4) openly document the progress and goals of the committee.

C. Identify the single AQIP Category which the Action Project will most affect or impact:

Helping Students Learn

D. Describe briefly your institution's reasons for taking on this Action Project now - why the project and its goals are high among your current priorities:

In 2003, SIUE initially embarked on the challenging path to reforming general education in order to ensure greater coherence and relevance.  Importantly, this process involved faculty in meaningful ways and supported faculty ownership of the new Lincoln Program.  While SIUE has been long recognized as a leader in assessment and our Senior Assignment experiences, we have significant opportunities to apply these same principles of continuous improvement to general education.  The original Bridge Committee’s Final Report in 2008 recommending the Lincoln Program, and the 2009 Implementation Plan, reinforces the need for a comprehensive and thoughtful general education assessment plan.   In response to SIUE faculty’s call for the development of a systematic, integrated approach to assessment of general education, the Office of the Provost and Faculty Senate have initiated an AQIP Action Project to form a General Education Assessment Committee that will strategically develop a comprehensive plan for general education that contributes to our shared goals of improving student learning and outcomes. As we are poised to develop a comprehensive assessment plan for SIUE that reflects our institutional identity, commitment to excellence and awareness of best practices in the field, the committee with undertake the process of developing an authentic assessment measure that will build upon the culture of assessment and recognize the university’s commitment to student learning.

E. List the organizational areas - institutional departments, programs, divisions, or units - most affected by or involved in this Action Project:

Since the general education program is required of all students, all academic Programs, Departments, and Schools/Colleges will be affected.  Enrollment Management, Academic Advising, Instructional Services, and units associated with Academic Affairs will also be influenced by this Action Project.

F. Name and describe briefly the key organizational process(es) that you expect this Action Project to change or improve:

The general education assessment process and cogency of the new general education program are the central processes that will be improved.

G. Explain the rationale for the length of time planned for this Action Project (from kickoff to target completion):

Implementing this new assessment program may require re-organization and modifications of a large number of general education courses. The new assessment program will be implemented in phases spread out over two years.

H. Describe how you plan to monitor how successfully your efforts on this Action Project are progressing:

General education assessment and student learning outcomes are monitored by the University’s internal processes through the General Education Committee of Faculty Senate.  The process may also be incorporated into the strategic planning process that is currently underway. The processes will be monitored by the Faculty Senate, the Provost’s Office, and the University Quality Council to ensure quality and effectiveness.

I. Describe the overall "outcome" measures or indicators that will tell you whether this Action Project has been a success or failure in achieving its goals:

The outcome measures associated with this project are directly related to the committee charge from the Faculty Senate and the Provost's Office. The project will result in: 1) the formation of a general education committee with broad campus representation, 2) the development of a comprehensive general education assessment plan to measure specific learning outcomes associated with the SIUE objectives for the baccalaureate degree, and 3) the establishment of procedures for continuous review of the general education plan and use of the general education data for the purpose of curricular improvement.

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