Assessment Update

We are nearing the end of the current 2010-2011 assessment cycle. At this time, all departments and support units should be in the process of reporting on data and findings related to your assessment plan. Complete reports are due in the Center for Teaching & Learning by January 13, 2012. Assessment facilitators who submit accurate reports in a timely fashion will receive a lovely blue "assessing learning" flash drive and qualify for our drawing to receive up to $350 in professional development money -- so don't delay!

Plans and reports for this assessment cycle are the first to be stored entirely online in the the newly acquired online software program, WEAVE. Many of those who handle the assessment data for their department or unit have learned to use the online software and report satisfaction with its ease-of-use and intuitive structure. If you are interested in uploading your own report information into WEAVE, contact Shannon or Laura at x5461 today to learn how to use this system. If you prefer not to use it yourself, just send in your assessment report either hard copy or electronically to lrenning@shepherd.edu and we will upload the information into WEAVE for you.

Use of the nationally recognized Collegiate Learning Assessment test (CLA) continued this fall with 72 first-year students participating in the online exam. Designed to measure critical thinking, the exam is given to incoming freshmen each fall and graduating seniors each spring. Over time, these results chart the value-added by our institution and allow us to compare results with other schools state- and nationwide. We will be preparing to test approximately 100 graduating seniors in March 2012 and results from this testing cycle will be available in August of 2012.  Detailed reports of assessment results can be found on our website at:  http://www.shepherd.edu/ctl/standardized_assess_measures.html.

During their first-year seminar courses, incoming freshmen were also given the Student Readiness Inventory (SRI), an instrument designed to measure student college preparedness and help target at-risk students for specific outreach interventions that could enhance their involvement in campus life and increase their connections to the university community. For more information about the SRI, please contact Shepherd’s Retention Specialist, Helena Cole, or Dean of Teaching and Learning, Dr. Renninger.