The 7th Assessment Symposium
August 21, 2014
The seventh Kutztown University Assessment Symposium centers on General Education and Assessment. The theme for this year's workshop is aligning General Education outcomes, assessments, and assignments, and is led by Dr. Terrel Rhodes, Vice President for the Office of Quality, Curriculum, and Assessment at AAC&U. The workshop's objective is to facilitate conversations among faculty about their General Education- related assignments, and to promote greater intentionality in the connections of assignments to General Education learning goals. The event is co-sponsored by the General Education committees (General Education Committee and General Education Assessment Committee), Center for the Enhancement of Teaching, and the Office of Assessment.
The 6th Assessment Symposium
January 24, 2013
The sixth Kutztown University Assessment Symposium centered on General Education and its assessment in the broadest sense. The day-long workshop was facilitated by Dr. Nancy Mitchell, Professor of Advertising and Director of Undergraduate Education at the University of Nebraska - Lincoln. The focus of this year's workshop was on Curricular and Co-Curricular Connections. Along with learning about the efforts taking place at the University of Nebraska, there were "speed learning" opportunities featuring Kutztown University faculty and staff who are already connecting the curriculum and the co-curriculum. Lunchtime and afternoon discussions included conversations about how to build on existing efforts at the university, particularly as the connections pertain to General Education.
The 5th Assessment Symposium
January 19, 2012
The fifth Kutztown University Assessment Symposium again centered on General Education and the assessment of that curriculum. The morning workshop was conducted by Dr. Ashley Finley, Senior Director of Assessment and Research, Association of American Colleges and Universities (AAC&U) : "Learning-Centered Assessment: Models and Strategies for Assessing Institutional Learning Outcomes." The workshop included discussions and activities related to the VALUE rubrics, possible assignments for use with assessments, and aligning assignments to General Education learning goals. Lunchtime discussions centered on General Education and assessments within each of the four colleges. The afternoon featured break-out sessions on current year (academic year 2011-2012) assessments of the mathematics, wellness, and oral communication learning goals.
The 4th Assessment Symposium
January 13, 2011
The fourth Kutztown University Assessment Symposium centered on General Education and the assessment of that curriculum: "Kutztown University's General Education Curriculum: What we know? Where we go?" The focus of the workshop was on available assessment evidence that speaks to key General Education learning goals and was conducted in anticipation of the implementation of the revised General Education curriculum scheduled for Fall Semester 2011. Presentations were made by Kutztown University faculty who had been working on specific General Education outcomes: oral communication, mathematics, wellness, critical thinking, critical listening, and information literacy. In addition, there were small group discussions during lunch that centered on using this information for improving the education experience for students, and conducting future assessments.
The 3rd Assessment Symposium
November 14, 2009
The third Kutztown University Assessment Symposium centered on General Education and the assessment of that curriculum. Dr. Brigitte Valesey, Assistant Provost for Teaching, Learning, and Assessment at Widener University, presented the keynote address: "General Education: What Does It Mean . . . For Us?" and a workshop: "Assessing General Education: What Do Students Learn?" In addition to the presentations, the conference included lunchtime discussions of assessment topics and an afternoon poster session where seven participants prepared poster presentations of their work on assessment.
The 2nd Assessment Symposium
April 19, 2008
The second Kutztown University Assessment Symposium continued discussions about assessment within the region, with many of the presentations focusing on creating a culture of assessment. The agenda included plenary addresses by Dr. Michael F. Middaugh, Assistant Vice President for Institutional Research and Planning, University of Delaware and Vice Chair, Executive Committee, Middle States Commission on Higher Education: "Accountability in Higher Education: Creating a Culture of Evidence for Institutional Effectiveness"; and Dr. Patricia M. Dwyer, Associate Vice President of Academic Affairs, College of Notre Dame of Maryland: "We're Not 'One Size Fits All': Creating a Culture of Assessment that Works for You"; and a series of afternoon workshops that focused on both academic and administrative assessment topics hosted by Drs. Dwyer, Middaugh, and Oross.
Outcomes Assessment: Best Practices and Challenges
June 16, 2007
The first symposium sought to begin a conversation about assessment amongst members of the Kutztown University campus community and other regional institutions of higher education. The conference included plenary addresses by Dr. Michael Kiphart, Vice President, Middle States Commission on Higher Education: "Assessment Overview and Historical Perspective"; Dr. Elizabeth Paul, Interim Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs, The College of New Jersey: "Creating a Culture of Assessment on Campus"; and Dr. Donna Sundre, Executive Director, Center for Assessment and Research Studies, James Madison University: "Building a Pathway for Institution-Wide Assessment"; as well as two panel discussion sessions.