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Directions for Program Assessment Coordinators

Wrapping up 2016-17 Assessment

Expand each of the areas below to see step-by-step directions for carrying out these portions of the assessment process during Oregon Tech's 2017 Convocation.

ESLO Assessment for 2016-2017: Communication

  • 100 Courses were assessed – thank you! 
  • Your program doesn’t need to do anything further with this data at this point in time.
  • You will hear more about the results at the Digging into Assessment Data Convocation Session on Monday, September 18 at 4:00 pm in Crater Lake Complex.

PSLO Assessment for 2016-2017: To Complete Before Convocation

  • You should already have Tab 1, Tab 2, Tab 3 and Tab 4 submitted into LiveText as descriptions of the assessment activity carried out during the 2016-2017 academic year. (If you have not completed these already, please see LiveText Help or contact us for assistance.) 
  • Note that 2016-17 Program Assessment Reports are due on October 31, 2017.    
Before convocation, assemble the following data to share with program faculty at your departmental meetings:

  • Any data PSLO “closing-the-loop” assessment done this year to follow up on improvements carried out. (Your reflection on this will be recorded in Tab 5.)
  • Student Exit Survey Results. (See Qualtrics Help for directions on how to download these.)
  • LiveText PSLO Assessment Data Results. (If you did not use LiveText to collect PSLO data, please assemble your summary based on your other data collection processes.)

PSLO Assessment for 2016-2017: To Discuss at Convocation

At your departmental and program meetings at convocation, discuss with program faculty:

Reflection on Results

  • For which assessments did students meet our department’s target?  For which did they not?
  • What surprises us about this data?
  • What does this data reveal about our students’ strengths?  What does it reveal about our students’ weaknesses?

Reflection on Curriculum

  • How can we strengthen the development of our students in these outcome areas, from their first year to graduation?
  • What specific changes to courses or curricula would be needed to support these outcomes better within the curriculum? (If so, who would implement them and when?)

Reflection on Assessment Process

  • Should changes be considered to our outcomes and/or how we assess them?
  • Do our outcomes and the way we assess them (courses, assignment, rubrics) capture evidence of our students becoming the sort of graduates we hope to produce – both with the knowledge skills to succeed immediately post-graduation and over the course of their career?

2016-17 Program Assessment Reports are due on October 31, 2017.   

  • Your reflection and planned actions in response to this data will be reported on Tab 5 (for closing-the-loop assessment) and Tab 6 (for PSLOs assessed during the last academic year), which are to be submitted after Convocation meeting and program assessment discussion (by October 31, 2017).

Planning for 2017-18 Assessment


Expand each of the areas below to see step-by-step directions for carrying out these portions of the assessment process during Oregon Tech's 2017 Convocation.

ESLO Assessment for 2017-2018: Inquiry & Analysis

Oregon Tech is collecting assessment data for the Inquiry & Analysis ESLO university-wide during 2017-2018.

Definition: 
Inquiry and analysis consists of posing meaningful questions about situations and systems, gathering and evaluating relevant evidence, and articulating how that evidence justifies decisions and contributes to students’ understanding of how the world works.

Criteria:

  • Identify: Identify a meaningful question or topic of inquiry.
  • Investigate: Critically examine existing knowledge and views on the question or topic of inquiry.
  • Support: Collect evidence based on the methodology or principles of discipline.
  • Evaluate: Critically analyze and distinguish evidence obtained.
  • Conclude: Come to a judgment based on evidence and understand the limitations and implications of that judgment

Please see the Inquiry & Analysis ESLO webpage for more information.

Inquiry & Analysis Rubric

At your convocation departmental meeting, discuss with your program faculty:


  • Confirm the program-integrated practice course from which you will provide data for institutional assessment of Inquiry & Analysis. Identify course number(s), instructor(s), and term(s).
  • If a program is offered at multiple sites or modes, comparable assessment should be done at each site or mode in as similar a manner as practical.
  • You should ideally select a course taken by students around the junior year in which student work in the context of the discipline can be evaluated on as many of the criteria as possible (program-integrated practice courses should include work that encompasses at least four of the five criteria listed above).

Deadline to Notify Academic Excellence: November 1, 2017 
(Office of Academic Excellence will send program directors an email to confirm your course for ESLO assessment and your Student Exit Survey questions).

PSLO Assessment for 2017-2018: Identifying Assessment Activities

  • Identify 2017-18 PSLO Outcome Assessment.
  • Course number(s), instructor(s), and term(s).
  • If a program is offered at multiple sites or modes, comparable assessment should be done at each site or mode in as similar a manner as practical.
  • Two direct measures should be captured for each outcome; all programs will have one indirect measure from Student Exit Survey data. 
  • Note that all assessment scoring should be captured in LiveText for the 2017-2018 academic year. Even before the 2017-2018 Program Assessment Report templates are made live in November 2017, Program Assessment Coordinators can use LiveText Help  to create rubrics and assessment assignments for faculty to assess student work in LiveText, These rubrics can be as sophisticated as the Inquiry & Analysis ESLO rubric, or as simple as a 3-point scale of “Developing,” “Proficient,” and “Exemplary.”

See examples of simple scales, or type this URL into your browser: 

https://www.brown.edu/about/administration/sheridan-center/teaching-learning/assessing-student-learning/rubrics-scales.

If you would like the Office of Academic Excellence to create these rubrics for you in LiveText, we are also happy to do that – just share with us the rubric or scale you’d like us to create.

Student Exit Survey for 2017-18

  • The 2017-2018 Student Exit Survey will be distributed every term based on a FAST report that pulls information from the Registrar's Office on the submission of Petition to Graduate.  
  • Please review your program questions in your Qualtrics account.
  • Send an email to nellie.stewart@oit.edu if there are any edits to your questions.
Deadline to Notify Academic Excellence: November 1, 2017.
(Office of Academic Excellence will send program directors an email to confirm your course for ESLO assessment and your Student Exit Survey questions).

Office of Academic Excellence

Seth Anthony

Seth Anthony, Interim Director

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Fax541.885.1387
Nellie Stewart

Nellie Stewart, Executive Assistant

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