Gen Ed Assessment Cycle & OAC

 

OAC Charge

1.  Develop and recommend a comprehensive outcomes assessment plan to incorporate into the University's strategic plan

2.  Assist disciplines and departments who request help in developing outcomes assessment plans including learning goals and objectives and developing methods to measure attainment of those outcomes

3.  Assist in developing or selecting surveys for University-wide projects which assess academic and co-curricular aspects of the college experience as preparation for professional careers and graduate school

4.  Be available to coordinate academic programs/disciplines/departments assessment activities to maximize cooperation and collaboration among units and minimize duplication of efforts

5.  Act as an informational and educational resource for the faculty to increase knowledge and skills in conducting assessment of student learning.  This may include inviting speakers to campus, purchasing relevant materials, holding workshops and providing financial support for attendance at professional meetings related to assessment.

6.  Evaluate the effectiveness of academic outcome assessment efforts at least once every five (5) years

7.  Support and coordinate assessment of general education by providing faculty and Deans with an annual sampling distribution, providing yearly summaries and periodic trend analyses of assessment data to the UCC and administration, and conducting periodic reviews and revisions of rubrics when needed (at least every five years or as requested by the provost or UCC).

 

History

The current general education curriculum was designed by faculty in the late 1990s to address the needs of graduates entering and leaving college at the turn of the 21st century. It was forward looking and assured a high-quality and broad education in the liberal arts and sciences, together with cultivation of important skills including oral and written communication, multicultural awareness, and information literacy. Now that we are well into the second decade of the 21st century, and in the context of rapidly-changing knowledge and global environments, the faculty last year reviewed the general education curriculum and made revisions they judged necessary both to support your success as citizens of this changing world and, additionally, to articulate and document your learning. The revisions anchor the general education curriculum in essential learning outcomes – statements of what students should know and be able to do when they complete the requirement. The faculty voted to approve the revisions in October of 2013 and, since that time, have been making changes in courses in preparation for implementing the new requirements which began in fall 2014.  Along with changing to an outcomes-based General Education curriculum came the need for the Outcomes Assessment Committee (OAC) to design and approve learning assessment rubrics and processes closely aligned to the new curriculum.   In addition to developing and approving new rubrics for this process, the OAC also developed a sampling strategy designed to balance faculty and departmental work load while still ensuring statistically valid sample sizes. In turn, this sampling strategy is used to guide the yearly GE assessment sampling distributions for use by programs.

Due to the time it takes for designing and approving all new rubrics, a transition year was approved for AY 2014-15 for continuing assessment data collection so that only approved courses within the model would be used for the annual assessment sampling rotation for data collection. A new Four-Year Sampling Rotation was implemented beginning in AY 2015-16 as courses were approved for key General Education student learning outcomes to be assessed.  With more courses approved to begin assessing these General Education student learning outcomes in AY 2016-17, a New Four-Year Sampling Rotation was approved by the Outcomes Assessment Committee (OAC) and implemented for AY 2016-17.

Once the OAC receives the GE data from different programs, members of the OAC collate and generate yearly summaries of GE assessment data for each of the areas of GE assessment. This data and yearly summaries are posted to Nuventive Improve and this website.

In order to continue to show improvement based on annual learning results, discussions with faculty are being conducted not only in curriculum meetings where all department chairs are represented but in a new discussion forum held during University Days in August and January of each academic year. Click here to see the Processes and Procedures of General Education Learning Outcomes Assessment.

 

OAC Membership

The OAC is composed of one faculty member per department to be appointed annually by department chairs along with selected management. Multi-program departments may appoint one member per specific degree program.

 

OAC Department Representation (AY20-21)

College of Business, Information Systems & Human Services

Department

OAC Representative

Business and Computer Science

Gerard Martorell

Criminal Justice

E. Bowman

Instruction & Reference Coordinator

Elsa Winch

Recreation Management

Julie Lammel

Social Work and Counseling

Ashley Ascherl Pechek

Deborah Mills

Sport Studies

Bridget Roun

College of Natural, Behavioral & Health Sciences

Department

OAC Representative

Biological Sciences

Shonah Hunter

Chemistry

Troy Dermota (Chair)

Geology

Loretta Dickson

Health Science

Jeanine Page

Mathematics

Jacinth Maynard

Nursing

Joyce DuGan

Physics

IC Senevirathne

Psychology

Jamie Foor

College of Liberal Arts & Education

Department

OAC Representative

Communication

Matthew T. McKeague

English / Writing Committee

Richard Van Dyke

 Alyce Baker

Health and Physical Education

Brett Everhart

History, Political Science, International Studies & Foreign Language

Stanley Berard

Holle M. Canatella

Performing & Visual Arts

Edwin Severn

PreK - 4 -Grade 8 and Professional Studies

Marianne Lovik-Powers

Sociology & Anthropology

Greg Walker

Special Education

Erica Moore

 

Other OAC Representation

Department

OAC Representative

Technical Support Ex-officio

Shane Jones

Dean Ex-officio

 

 

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