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2012-2013


Due date for recording assessment results

Program assessment results collected in 2011-2012 should be recorded no later than September 30, 2012.

Instructions for recording program assessment results

For program assessment results, please be sure to follow these instructions for recording assessment results. If you have charts or tables, you can attach these and link to the attachments. If the chart or table is not particularly large or complicated, consider creating it right in the wiki page — your readers will appreciate the reduction in clicks.

 

2011-2012


 

Oral discourse results from 2010-2011 are still incomplete! Please help by entering the information for your program!

Due date for recording assessment results

Program assessment results collected in 2010-2011 should be recorded no later than September 30, 2011.

Instructions for recording program assessment results

For program assessment results, please be sure to follow these instructions for recording assessment results. If you have charts or tables, you can attach these and link to the attachments. If the chart or table is not particularly large or complicated, consider creating it right in the wiki page — your readers will appreciate the reduction in clicks.

Gen ed assessment responsibilities for program assessment coordinators

Program assessment coordinators get a year off this year from collecting data on general education outcomes. (In 2012-2013, program assessment coordinators will collect data on the general education outcomes in Basic Research.)

Assessment and Middle States

Geneseo's self-study for Middle States will be shared with the college community this fall. The visiting team will be on campus in the spring.

The self-study's chapter on "Institutional Effectiveness" will explain how Geneseo meets the following two Middle States standards:

  • Standard 7: "The institution has developed and implemented an assessment process that evaluates its overall effectiveness in achieving its mission and goals and its compliance with accreditation standards."
  • Standard 14: "Assessment of student learning demonstrates that, at graduation, or other appropriate points, the institution's students have knowledge, skills, and competencies consistent with institutional and appropriate higher education goals."

Please take the time to read the complete description of Standard 14, "Assessment of Student Learning," in Characteristics of Excellence, the Middle States document that has provided the framework for our self-study. (Internet Explorers: if you can't view or download the document in IE, try Firefox or — if you're a Mac user — Safari.)

Please take special note of the "four-step teaching-learning-assessment cycle" referenced at the beginning of the description, particularly the fourth step:

Using the results of those assessments to improve teaching and learning.

This fourth step is also known as closing the loop on assessment. Our Middle States reviewers will be looking for evidence that we've been closing the assessment loop.

Last year, each program and general education area looked at its loop-closing activities over the past decade and attempted to summarize these in a page titled (for example) How Geog Has Closed the Assessment Loop.

This fall, please revisit the page for your program to make sure it's complete and up to date. Make revisions as needed.

2010-2011

 


 

Basic Research results from 2009-2010 are still incomplete! Please help by entering the information for your program!

Due date for recording assessment results

Program assessment results collected in 2009-2010 should be recorded no later than September 30, 2010. General education assessment results collected within programs for this year's SUNY-required assessment of Oral Discourse skills should be recorded no later than June 30, 2011.

Instructions for recording program assessment results

For program assessment results, please be sure to follow these instructions for recording assessment results. If you have charts or tables, you can attach these and link to the attachments. If the chart or table is not particularly large or complicated, consider creating it right in the wiki page — your readers will appreciate the reduction in clicks.

Gen ed assessment responsibilities for program assessment coordinators

In accordance with Geneseo's SUNY-approved plan for general education assessment, assessment results on students' Oral Discourse skills are collected every third year by department program assessment coordinators, based on student work performed in the major. To record this year's results, follow the instructions here.

Assessment and Middle States

Geneseo's decennial self-study for Middle States is under way! Assessment has become a major agenda item for Middle States, and we can expect close scrutiny of our policies and procedures for measuring student learning. Two of the standards that our self-study must address are

  • Standard 7: "The institution has developed and implemented an assessment process that evaluates its overall effectiveness in achieving its mission and goals and its compliance with accreditation standards."
  • Standard 14: "Assessment of student learning demonstrates that, at graduation, or other appropriate points, the institution's students have knowledge, skills, and competencies consistent with institutional and appropriate higher education goals."

Please take the time to read the complete description of Standard 14, "Assessment of Student Learning," in Characteristics of Excellence, the Middle States document that will provide the framework for our self-study. (Internet Explorers: if you can't view or download the document in IE, try Firefox or — if you're a Mac user — Safari.)

Please take special note of the "four-step teaching-learning-assessment cycle" referenced at the beginning of the description, particularly the fourth step:

Using the results of those assessments to improve teaching and learning.

This fourth step is also known as closing the loop on assessment. Our Middle States reviewers will be looking for evidence that we've been closing the assessment loop.

Many programs have described loop-closing improvements in their yearly records of assessment results. However, for the Middle States self-study, the college needs your help in aggregating and foregrounding this information. If you go to your program's assessment page, you'll find a page waiting for you named, How [your program] has closed the assessment loop. Please help with the Middle States self-study by using this page to summarize loop-closing actions that your program has taken in the past and is contemplating for the future.

2009-2010


Due date for recording assessment results

Program assessment results collected in 2008-2009 should be recorded no later than September 30, 2009. General education assessment results collected within programs for this year's SUNY-required assessment of Basic Research skills should be recorded no later than June 30, 2010.

Instructions for recording program assessment results

For program assessment results, please be sure to follow these instructions for recording assessment results. It's acceptable to record your assessment results in Word and attach them to a wiki page, but it's preferable to put them right into the page. If you have charts or tables, you can attach these and link to the attachments, but you might consider creating your tables right in the wiki page. It's not hard once you get the hang of it.

Gen ed assessment responsibilities for program assessment coordinators

In accordance with Geneseo's SUNY-approved plan for general education assessment, assessment results on students' Basic Research skills are collected every third year by department program assessment coordinators, based on student work performed in the major. To record this year's results, follow the instructions here.

Meeting with the Assessment Committee

The Academic Program Assessment Committee no longer meets yearly with the coordinator from each program. The committee will meet with programs slated to undergo the five-year review process in the following year (i.e., one academic year ahead of the review). The following programs should plan to meet with the committee in 2008-2009:

  • Anthropology
  • Biology
  • Biochemistry
  • Chemistry
  • Geological Science/Geochemistry/Geophysics

Committee notes on program assessment results

In 2008-2009, the Academic Program Assessment Committee began taking stock of each program's assessment record to date in the form of written notes visible only to Geneseo users logged in to the wiki.

On the main page for each program, visitors will see a link to "APAC Notes" on that program's assessment record.

The notes are intended to help programs improve their assessment process. No formal response to them is required; however, department chairs, assessment coordinators, and others are free to open a dialogue on them using the "Add Comment" link right in the wiki page. Of course, chairs and coordinators may also request a meeting with the committee to discuss the notes.

The work of recording notes will continue in 2009-2010. Once notes have been recorded for every program, the committee will update them as necessary to provide continuing feedback.

So far, notes have been recorded for the following programs:

Closing the loop

The assessment process is typically characterized as a cycle or loop. In the vocabulary of assessment, "closing the loop" refers to the action of making informed program changes, as needed, based on whatever the assessment process has revealed about student learning in the program.

You can learn more about the assessment loop at Geneseo on this page. For information on closing the gened assessment loop for SUNY, go here.

In recording yearly assessment results, department chairs and assessment coordinators are encouraged to provide extended and concrete discussion of loop-closing actions that their programs have taken or plan to take. Not only do such activities represent the most important step of the assessment process; they are also, for just this reason, the part of our assessment effort in which external audiences — such as department program reviewers, the SUNY Provost Office, and Middle States — will show the greatest interest.

2008-2009

 


 

Oral Discourse results from 2007-2008 are still incomplete. Please help by entering the information for your program!

Due date for recording assessment results

Program assessment data collected in 2007-2008 should be recorded no later than September 30, 2008.

Instructions for recording results

Please be sure to follow the instructions for recording assessment results. It's acceptable to record your asessment results in Word and attach them to a wiki page, but it's preferable to put them right into the page. If you have charts or tables, you can attach these and link to the attachments, but you might consider creating your tables right in the wiki page. It's not hard once you get the hang of it.

You may be interested in some simple templates that I've created for wiki pages. It's fairly simple to do things like dividing page content into multiple columns, generating an automatic table of contents from page headings, and generating an automatic list of child pages.

Changes for 2008-2009

One-stop assessment shopping

All information related to academic assessment at Geneseo is now located in this wiki space. The original assessment website at http://assessment.geneseo.edu is still up, but it will re-direct you here.

Results now visible by default

By default, assessment results are now visible to all Geneseo users logged in to Confluence. This is a major change in assessment procedure. Previously, these results were visible only to the Academic Program Assessment Committee and the relevant program coordinator(s) and program chair.

This change should have several benefits:

  • Sharing results globally among Geneseo users makes it possible for programs to learn from each other and add to/improve their repertoire of assessment methods.
  • Sharing results promotes transparency and accountability.
  • Sharing results enables faculty to comment on them directly in the pages where they're recorded, facilitating the Vibrant Discussion that's supposed to be the point of assessment in the first place.

However, sharing results globally with Geneseo users is not required. Your program can opt out of sharing by emailing schacht at geneseo dot edu with a request to do so. If you request to opt out of sharing, your assessment results pages will be made visible only to members of the Academic Program Assessment Committee, you (the assessment coordinator[s]), and the program chair.

If you would like your results to be visible to some other configuration of users (e.g., only members of your department, or only the coordinator, chair, and department secretary), please ask CIT for assistance in creating a dedicated wiki space for your program, for which a designated individual in your program can serve as administrator. Your program can then record assessment results within its own space, and the administrator can assign the appropriate page permissions. Just be sure that your assessment pages afford full permissions to the usergroup assesscomm, and that you provide a link from your program pages on the Academic Assessment space to the assessment pages in your program space.

Meeting with the Assessment Committee

The Academic Program Assessment Committee no longer meets yearly with the coordinator from each program. The committee will meet with programs slated to undergo the five-year review process in the following year (i.e., one academic year ahead of the review) and other programs scheduled on a three-year rotation. Please check back here for more information on which program coordinators should schedule a meeting with the committee in 2008-2009.

Update (11/2008) - Assessment coordinators for the following programs should schedule a meeting with the Academic Program Assessment Committee in 2008-2009:

  • School of Education
  • Foreign Languages
  • Geological Science/Geochemistry/Geophysics
  • History/American Studies
  • Computer Science
  • Music

The committee is also available by request to meet with any program coordinator at any time.

2007-2008


Assessment results due date for AY 2007-2008

Usually, program assessment results should be recorded by September 30. However, since this year September 30 falls on a Sunday, results should be recorded by October 1, 2007.

Changes for 2007-2008

Recording assessment results

In the past, assessment coordinators have reported assessment results by completing paper or electronic forms. Beginning in AY 2007-2008, coordinators are asked instead to record assessment results in the Academic Assessment space of the Geneseo wiki. The recorded results remain in a stable, easily accessible location where faculty can both find them readily and reflect on their significance. When a program uses the wiki to reflect on assessment results, the reflection itself becomes a formal part of the program's assessment record, and assessment is more likely to produce the kind of Vibrant Discussion about purposes and methods that sustains pedagogical excellence.

Responsibilities of coordinators

Every academic program has dedicated pages in the wiki's Academic Assessment space. Links to these pages may be found at Assessment by Academic Department. The top-level page for a program lists the program's learning outcomes. This top-level page is public. Its purpose is not only to provide current information to the Academic Assessment Committee but to share the program's learning outcomes with the rest of the college and the community.

It is the responsibility of each program to keep its top-level page up to date by editing it whenever the program's outcomes change.

Lower-level pages may be either restricted or public depending on a program's preference. It is the responsibility of each program to record assessment results yearly in these lower-level pages. Instructions for recording assessment results may be found at Assessment Results.

Feedback from the Academic Assessment Committee

In recent years, the Academic Assessment Committee has sought to meet each year with each coordinator of each program. Beginning in AY 2007-2008, the committee will meet with coordinators only as needed. The committee will provide yearly feedback to programs through each program's pages of the Academic Assessment space.

A coordinator may request a meeting with the committee or its chair at any time. Similarly, coordinators should be prepared to meet with the chair or the committee upon request.

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