Points about Assessment
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Definition of Assessment:

Continuous improvement of and commitment to student learning through clear statementsof student learning outcomes, explicit measures of those outcomes, established criteriafor success, and methods for how the results will be used to improve the program andmake changes to increase student learning

Assessment of student learning at Tech is based on Student Learning Outcomes (seeattached student learning outcomes for programs at Ozark)

Most important feature of assessment is closing the loop, or using results to makeimprovements and decisions

Changes made at Tech as a result:

Hiring of Director of Institutional Research and AssessmentFocus on retaining students, especially after the first yearRestructuring of Assessment CommitteeOngoing departmental and program assessments of student learningImplementation of a planning and reporting cycleMini-grants awarded to faculty and staff for assessment projects

Assessment Committee at Arkansas Tech University-Ozark Campus

Members: Pat McCreary, Stan Hatcher, Kathy Shaffer, Debra Wofford, Eva Spurgin,Jo Blondin (chair)

Primary Goal: Educate ourselves first and involve faculty and staff beginning in Fall 04

Process at Ozark:

Selection of CommitteeEducational Meetings for CommitteePresentation/Workshop for ATU-Ozark faculty on HLC/North CentralSyllabi workshop and identification of program outcomesExplanation of and exercise on the Levels of implementationCurriculum review and alignment with ATU facultyIdentification of criteria for success and multiple measuresReporting cycle aligned with ATU-Russellville

Statement of Assessment in Tech Catalogue:

Assessment is conducted university-wide to measure student progress towardeducational goals, to improve teaching and learning, and to evaluate institutionaleffectiveness.

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