CASL - October 6, 2010
Present: John Schwetman, Stan Burns, Donn Brandstrator, Bruce Munson,Wayne Jessewein, Nik Hassan, Sue Darge, Jackie Millslagle, Shannon Godsey
Excused: Mary Keenan, Bilin Tsai, Jerry Pepper, Julie Ernst, Julie Westlund
Absent: Arden Weaver, Curt Phillips
Shannon reported on problems and progress with annual report submission. Minor discrepancies with assessment plan details and reports to be filed are being fixed as they are reported. She reviewed the reports received to date, by college. The GRIP login will be added to the Assessment web page navigation panel.
The regular update to liaisons will go out on Monday and will include information on workshops for fall semester. Based on feedback at the end of assessment workshops, workshops are being planned on rubrics and ePortfolio. ePortfolio overview is scheduled for October 29 and November 1, and will be followed with training for individuals and/or small groups depending on needs of participants.
Shannon distributed a summary of outcomes mapped to each of the nine UMD student learning outcomes. There will be an annual report for each program outcome mapped to a campus outcome. After review, the decision was made that CASL will synthesize and review results of assessments of three UMD student learning outcomes in 2010:
Demonstrate competence in a major field
Apply understanding of cultural differences in diverse environments
Apply life skills to succeed in college and beyond
Three questions were raised for discussion.
What responsibility do we have to let students know, or get their permission, to use course artifacts for assessment purposes? Are they “human subjects” and do we need any clearance from IRB. Shannon and Jackie will explore listserv conversation and raise the question with IRB.
How much should students be involved in assessment work? Decision was that there should be regular communication between CASL and the Student Association. Jackie will make a contact and ask to report, and to ask for input, at an upcoming SA meeting.
How do we assess our progress toward a “culture of assessment?” Various metrics could be used to document that a system is emerging, but a more difficult question is how to get at “attitude” around assessment and its relationship to teaching and learning.
Jackie Millslagle, recorder