Social March 31
and outcomes are not just trendy "buzz words" bandied
about during tough economic times by those calling for greater accountability
from government-supported institutions. They have become ingrained
in the culture of higher education. They are also essential to Northern's
NMU was accepted as a participant in the Academic Quality Improvement
Project (AQIP), the university identified its number one priority
and action project: ensuring that each academic and service department
has an assessment plan and reporting schedule on file by the end
of the 2006-07 academic year. To help facilitate that goal, an assessment
social is being held on Thursday, March 31.
are bringing together people responsible for developing a plan,
identifying appropriate measures, and establishing a timeline for
reporting on the plan," said Teresa
Hunt (Academic Affairs).
"It's going to be an informal event – no PowerPoint, no lectures.
I'm going to hand out packets with examples of successful plans,
templates, frequently asked questions and other materials. Members
of the outcomes committees will also be available to answer questions.
We just want to make sure everyone is on the same page as we proceed
with this priority."
said assessment shifts the focus from "Is learning effective?"
to "Effective for what and whom?" She referenced a Council
of Regional Accrediting Commissions report on what it takes to produce
quality learning. The report said institutions must be clear and
public about learning outcomes to which it aspires for its students,
provide an environment that signals support for student learning
at all levels, and promote an atmosphere of critical reflection
about teaching and learning.
isn't just a hoop we have to jump through once for an AQIP action
project," Hunt added. "We need to establish a culture
of assessment on this campus and remain committed to it. Every department
will put together a plan, implement it, and adhere to a regular
system of reporting. Assessment is becoming the business of higher