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The Baruch College Faculty Handbook

CUNY Assessment Workshops - Fall 2009



Last updated on 8/13/09

CUNY’s Assessment Council, in collaboration with the Central Office
of Academic Affairs, invites CUNY faculty and staff to participate in
assessment of student learning workshops.

All workshops will be held at the Macaulay Honors College
35 West 67th Street New York, NY
Continental Breakfast will be served

Workshop 1:
A Road Map for Designing Program Level
Assessment of Student Learning

Friday, September 25th, 2009

9:30 AM to 12:00 PM

Facilitator:
Michael Anderson, Director of Academic Assessment, Brooklyn College

Who should attend?
This workshop is designed for faculty and administrators who both teach in programs and have responsibility for designing and implementing program-level assessment of student learning.

Format:
The workshop will lead participants through an interactive series of exercises/questions/decision trees ultimately resulting in at least a full outline of a sustainable assessment plan (Roadmap) tailored to their particular programs. Depending on the responsibility of the participants and the completeness of the information they bring to the workshop, they might take home significant portions of plans or complete plans. The characteristics of assessment plans emphasized by this workshop are those outlined in Standard 14 of the Middle States Commission on Higher Education’s Characteristics of Excellence in Higher Education http://www.msche.org/publications/CHX06_Aug08REVMarch09.pdf)

 Topics:

  • Introduction – The Levels of Assessment: Program, Classroom, and Institutional
  • Writing Program Level Missions and Goals (Bring existing materials/drafts or ideas)
  • Distinguishing and articulating appropriate levels of student achievement (Graduate v. Undergraduate, etc.)
  • Internal Benchmarking (Setting levels of program accomplishment)
  • Mapping Goals onto the Curriculum (For those at this level, bring course descriptions for your program)
  • Creating an Assessment Cycle (Bring information on program course sequencing)
  • Assessment methods appropriate to your field, time, and resources
  • Direct and Indirect
  • Quantitative and Qualitative
  • Tests, Rubrics, Capstones and Portfolios
  • Logistics of collection and scoring
  • Next Steps

Space is limited! To attend, please RSVP to OAAevents@mail.cuny.edu by September 17th and indicate in the subject line the workshop title you wish to attend. If you have any questions, please contact Sherri Ondrus at (212) 794-5765.

Workshop 2:
Content Analysis as a Tool for
Assessment of Student Learning Outcomes

Friday, October 9th, 2009

9:30 AM to 12:00 PM

Facilitators:
Vanessa Vacchiano, Coordinator of Assessment, Baruch College and
Diane Phillips, Director of Institutional Research and Assessment, Macaulay Honors College

 Assessment need not be restricted to quantitative research. Using content analysis we can draw on multiple kinds of evidence (student journals, narratives, portfolios) to provide persuasive evidence of the process and outcomes of student learning.

Who should attend?
Faculty and staff interested in using qualitative data analysis for assessment.

Format:
This is a hand-on workshop intended to provide participants with the opportunity to ask questions, explore, and learn about practical applications of content analysis as a research tool for assessing student learning outcomes. An overview of content analysis will be provided as well as some examples of research projects. Exercises will be conducted to provide the participants with first-hand opportunity to apply content analysis techniques to data. As a result of this workshop participants will be able to:

  • Demonstrate an understanding of the basic principles and procedures of qualitative content analysis as a tool in assessment
  • Identify challenges of content analysis
  • Identify advantages and disadvantages
  • Recognize examples of different uses of content analysis
  • Code and analyze qualitative data systematically and flexibly

Space is limited! To attend, please RSVP to OAAevents@mail.cuny.edu by October 1st and indicate in the subject line the workshop title you wish to attend. If you have any questions, please contact Sherri Ondrus at (212) 794-5765.

Workshop 3:
Using Assessment to (Im)Prove
Student Learning

Friday, November 20th, 2009

9:30 AM to 12:00 PM

Facilitators:
Annita Alting, Director of Assessment, City College and Kathy Powell-Manning, Assistant Director of Assessment, City College

Who should attend?
This workshop is designed for faculty and staff responsible for coordinating and supporting learning outcomes assessment in their departments. It emphasizes the “using the results” part of the assessment cycle, and how to present findings and evidence for internal and external audiences. 

Format:
After a short review of the elements of an assessment “loop”, participants will be presented with “real-life” case studies and will systematically discuss the strengths and weaknesses of the different strategies to improve, collect and report evidence of student learning. The second part of the workshop offers an exercise in analyzing and reporting student comments on exit surveys to inform improvements.

After completion of this workshop, participants will be able to:

  • Use assessment findings to inform course and curriculum improvements
  • Identify strategies for instructional and program level improvements
  • Identify measures and instruments to assess the impact of improvement strategies
  • Document curriculum improvements and their impact systematically 

Space is limited! To attend, please RSVP to OAAevents@mail.cuny.edu by November 12th and indicate in the subject line the workshop title you wish to attend. If you have any questions, please contact Sherri Ondrus at (212) 794-5765.