DECEMBER 2012 NEWSLETTER FROM THE OFFICE OF INSTITUTIONAL EFFECTIVENESS AND ASSESSMENT
After attending this year’s conference, Provost Dawkins offered the following reflection: "My experience at SACS reaffirmed the importance of accountability and effectiveness as we work to provide a quality education for our students." As I thought about the increased emphasis on institutions’ capacity to document their impact on General Education, educational programs, faculty load and such, I realized that the accountability movement will continue to evolve, especially in these lean economic times. It is not going away, so we must align ourselves in ways that enable us to effectively tell our own story.
Consequently, it is imperative that we become much more vigilant in submitting materials as we understand whether our student learning outcomes (SLO’s) are having the intended impact AND as we prepare for our SACS Fifth-Year Interim Report. The following documents are very useful:
· 2012 Principles of Accreditation (http://sacscoc.org/pdf/2012PrinciplesOfAcreditation.pdf) provides a list of all principles, very complete definitions and helps readers to see the connections to their daily work.
· 2012 Resource Manual for the Principles of Accreditation (http://sacscoc.org/pdf/Resource%20Manual.pdf) lists all principles, but provides very clear examples of expected documentation.
· How to Become An Evaluator (http://sacscoc.org/pdf/commres/How%20to%20Become%20an%20Evaluator.pdf) explains the role and importance of SACSCOC Evaluators, for anyone interested in serving on a reaffirmation committee. This form must be signed by the President. Anyone who has served on a committee can share that it is a very collegial, eye-opening and productive experience.
INSTITUTIONAL EFFECTIVENESS REPORTS WERE DUE DECEMBER 13, 2012
To date, I have no grids for Fall 2012 (reports are not due until May 2013) and only the Department of Mass Communications has scheduled a workshop. The assessment grid (academic and administrative) templates are attached for your review and use. Feel free to contact me (until Wednesday of this week) with any questions. I’d be more than happy to help.
STUDENT EVALUATION OF FACULTY ENDS DECEMBER 20, 2012
Faculty members are reminded about the importance of emailing your students repeatedly regarding their participation in the process. Given the challenges with the process this semester, the reports will roll out in several phases. Courses that received 5 or more responses during the first run will receive their reports as grades are submitted. Other reports will be part of a manual process and will take longer. I am preparing now to develop a spring 2013 lab schedule, giving smaller classes the priority. Thank you for your patience and support.
QUALITY ENHANCEMENT PLAN (QEP) WORKSHOP: JANUARY 9, 2013 (SAVE THE DATE)
During our last meeting, the group agreed that we should focus on the first three critical thinking indicators, given our students’ needs. In the interest of moving forward, we will discuss this in more detail at the next QEP Workshop scheduled for Wednesday, January 9, 2013, from 8:30am – 4:30pm. The workshop will focus on results from the Fall 2012 Integrated Assignment and Collegiate Learning Assessment (CLA), along with the Spring 2012 NSSE results. We will also provide additional training on the Integrated Assignment as well as the inter-rater exercise. As a reminder, all majors are required to include a sophomore and junior-major course for inclusion in the QEP (see attached template). Feel free to contact me with any questions or need for support.
Dr. Carla L. Morelon
Director of Institutional Effectiveness and Assessment
Interim Director of the Quality Enhancement Plan (QEP)
Office: Rosenwald 203
2012-13 QEP Theme: “What could be the impact (social, political and economic) of the Presidential Election on healthcare and gun control?”