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Assessment of student learning emerged as the primary focus of IPFW’s most recent Strategic Planning Process.  IPFW views assessment as integral to and inseparable from the teaching and learning mission of the university.  The new IPFW Assessment Strategy features a hybrid of well defined SLO’s mapped to the course level and assessed at the course level to scaffold a programmatic measure with discipline appropriate programmatic assessment at the capstone level.  It includes both indirect measures including use of standardized instruments, student and alumni surveys and direct measures that are embedded in core courses.  This promotes continuous improvement as academic programs can identify areas for improvement at program exit and identify where in the curriculum to best facilitate learning improvement.

The strategy is in its early stages and was driven by a need to move from episodic assessment activity to a coordinated institutional strategy.  While pockets of high quality assessment existed, the prior assessment activity focused too heavily on indirect measures at the programmatic level.  These inconsistencies made institutional assessment of student learning difficult.  The new assessment plan is being developed as part of IPFW’s participation in the HLC Assessment Academy and our participation in the Multi-State Collaborative Pilot Study (sponsored by SHEEO and AAC&U) which will refine how we apply the AAC&U Value Rubrics as a primary assessment tool at the institutional level.

The Office of Assessment collaborated with the Assessment Council in Spring 2015 on an update to the institutional assessment strategy. The effort focued on integrating and aligning the Assessment Plan with work being done by the University Strategic Alignment Planning team and to integrate institutional assessment into the Program Review Process. A faculty team participated in the HLC Assessment Academy and established a three year plan to assess written communication, oral communication and quantitative reasoning and to build an institutional assessment model. Three members from the Assessment Council and the newly hired Director of Assessment and three faculty members from the Mathematics, Communication and English Departments comprise the core of the HLC Assessment Academy.  The parallel participation in the Multi-State Collaborative enhances this effort as it focuses on applying the AAC&U Value Rubrics to assess written and oral communication and critical thinking.

The three primary efforts, therefore are: 1. The leadership of the Assessment Council in updating the Assessment Plan to meet current high impact practices in programmatic assessment, 2. Institutional participation in the 5 Year intensive HLC Assessment Academy, and 3. Tying the assessment metrics to AAC&U’s Value Rubrics through participation in the Multi-State Collaborative.

 

IPFW’s main SLO option will build on our participation in Lumina Foundation’s Multi-State Initiative utilizing the AAC&U Value Rubrics.