Program Assessment, WASC and Cal Poly Pomona Bob Hurt Faculty Associate for Program Assessment and Academic Program Review
Outline • Assessment in the WASC standards • Local WASC concerns • Progress made • Ongoing issues
Assessment in the WASC standards (1 of 4) • Defining institutional purposes & ensuring educational objectives • There is no “single right way” to approach assessment. • Assessment must be connected to institutional purpose and educational objectives. • The standard calls on us to “develop indicators and evidence” to determine if we’re meeting our own objectives.
Assessment in the WASC standards (2 of 4) • Achieving educational objectives through core functions • Degrees are defined by what students know / feel / are able to do, not by an accumulation of courses. • Expectations for learning are widely shared throughout the campus community. • We consistently review programs and demonstrate that our graduates achieve our educational objectives.
Assessment in the WASC standards (3 of 4) • Developing & applying resources & organizational structures to ensure sustainability • Faculty development activities are strong and consistent. • Decision-making processes are transparent. • The faculty exercise academic leadership.
Assessment in the WASC standards (4 of 4) • Creating an organization committed to learning & improvement • Ongoing reflection is a key element of organizational culture, with meaningful faculty involvement being essential. • Planning is informed by qualitative and quantitative data. • The university employs a deliberate set of quality assurance processes. • Various stakeholder groups are involved in assessing program effectiveness.
Developing a coordinated approach for assessment Developing a shared understanding of priorities & vision Implementing the new GE program Demonstrating the impact of diversity initiatives on student retention and other objectives Local WASC concerns
Progress made • Program assessment in lieu of APR • Faculty associate for assessment and APR • Program assessment web page
Progress made • Programs from every college developing assessment plans • Assessment of non-academic units • Administrative affairs • Advancement • Student affairs
Potential sub rosa faculty evaluation Time & resources to develop & implement plans GE program assessment Connection between assessment, APR and resources Ongoing issues