Guidelines for Program Assessment: Strategies for Changes

What are your strategies for changes in the curriculum, faculty development, out-of-class learning experiences, and so on?

Goal The student will clearly and effectively communicate knowledge both orally and in writing in a manner appropriate to the relevant audience.
Findings While students demonstrate knowledge of oral and written communications in writing and speech courses, they have difficulty applying principles in the various disciplines outside of writing and speech.
Strategies Increase active learning and collaborative learning strategies in selected courses in the major.
Faculty Development Plan workshops (or find nationally known workshops) for faculty of selected courses in the major on how to help students apply knowledge gained in a course to another course.
Out-of-class Experiences Work with teachers of writing and speech to reinforce and support their principles. Select a professional in the major field of the student to come in and discuss the importance of good writing and speaking skills in finding a job and in maintaining effectiveness in the job.
  • Are assessments used at admission directed at the same educational goals as those used prior to graduation?
  • Does your plan include clear, concrete, and tangible ways that the assessment information will be used in formulating professional development activities?
  • Does your plan include targets for improving progress, persistence, performance and degree attainment for salient subgroups of the student population?
  • Does your plan include clear, concrete, and tangible ways that the assessment information on a particular goal will be used in the decision-making process of the faculty and professional staff responsible for carrying out that goal?
  • Does your plan include ways to use the assessment information in advising students?
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