Continuous Improvement

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Continuous Improvement

It Takes a Team

As part of an ongoing process for continuous improvement, a Director of Assessment was hired in 2009 to synthesize information gathered from multiple and varied sources, and formulate a plan through consolidated, intentional, and coordinated efforts.

After a careful review of the state-of-the-University, the Director formulated an Assessment Committee made up of a mix of faculty to represent the complexity of the school, the Provost and Deans, the Director of Quality, and the Diversity Director. While the membership has transformed over time, the role of the committee has remained constant. The Assessment Committee serves as a focal point to coordinate assessment strategies and projects that gather data critical to supplementing the broad institutional assessment strategy, and integrate efforts for academic quality. The committee uses a student-centered framework for planning and implementing improvement.

The committee first met to discuss learning and achievement and discovered that there was a need for improvement in key areas: Communication - Writing, Communication - Scholarship and general measurement of Institutional Level Outcomes. As a result, the Director of Assessment implemented a strategic initiative, convergence model, to leverage technology to gather more information to support these decisions and measure student growth in these areas.

Further, the team introduced our institutional assessment model that remains the foundation of our assessment and academic quality strategy, and is designed to measure institutional learning outcomes at key points in the students' lifecycle. The team met to identify specific moments in the student lifecycle where student learning could be evaluated and improved.

Each milestone gate represents a key juncture in the student trajectory. Student achievement throughout the program results in successfully passing through the milestone. Multiple Assessment Methods align with the student experience and learning context, including but not limited to Holistic Assessment, Evaluations, Grades, Student Self-Assessments, Annual Review, and Licensure Exams.

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