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 Assessment of Student Learning

CASL - December 2, 2011


Present:  Eric Musselman, Brandy Lee Hoffman, Jackie Millslagle, Jim Klueg, Mick McComber, Molly Minkkinen, Richard Davis, Wayne Jesswein, John Schwetman, Jeni Eltink, Julia Williams.

Excused:  Shannon Godsey, Ted Schoen.

Grant Proposals. After brief discussion, consensus to approve two grant proposals:  $2,000 to Office of Civic Engagement; $1840 to Paula Pedersen to conduct assessment of intercultural competency.

Jackie circulated a draft of an assessment policy document for input.  There was consensus to add a section on use of assessment results; Jackie will draft and send the complete document out for a second review.  The intent is to move this document forward through EPC and Academic Affairs. 

The status of the general education pilot groups, issues raised through the humanities pilot, as well as general discussion about assessment at EPC prompted an agenda item around liberal education assessment.  The question was raised:  should we step back and consider a different approach to liberal education assessment?  The Liberal Education Council is focusing on writing, speaking and quantitative reasoning; should liberal education assessment focus on outcomes in these areas instead of for each of the ten categories?  What role could capstone courses and electronic portfolios play in liberal education assessment?  There was consensus that an open meeting to discuss these issues, co-hosted by CASL and the Liberal Education Council, would be beneficial.  However, there was also consensus that we move forward with the pilot groups; the experience of using a common assessment will be beneficial regardless of the final assessment plan for liberal education. 

Jackie Millslagle, recorder

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