ERIC Number: ED306898
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1988
Reference Count: N/A
Campus-Wide Assessment Week and Annual Development Day at Fitchburg State College.
Fitchburg State Coll., MA.; American Association of State Colleges and Universities, Washington, DC.
Fitchburg State College's Assessment Week and Annual Development Day are described in this report. Developed in 1976 at this Massachusetts liberal arts college, Assessment Week involves a gathering of the community to discuss pressing issues and future directions. It occurs every 10 years and consists of a 4-day, in-house conference having scheduled sessions, moderators, recorders, hosted receptions, and meals. Classes are cancelled as faculty, administrators, and selected students and non-academic personnel assess the state of the college and plan for its future. From the second Assessment Week in 1986 came an annual Development Day to review, evaluate, and revise the outcomes of 1986 Assessment Week suggestions, recommendations, goals, and programs. Topics of discussion at the 1986 Assessment Week included: relative quality of programs; liberal arts versus career education; quality of life on campus; interdisciplinary courses; faculty esprit; and handicapped students. Development Day is based on Assessment Week with the scope defined by the 1-day duration. In 1987 and 1988, themes were chosen by task forces and included critical thinking, non-profit ventures, and recruiting, and the college community met to determine the college's weaknesses and strengths and decide on the needs and concerns of the coming year. Assessment Week 1986 made 88 suggestions and recommendations, of which 65 were in place 10 years later. Development Day 1988 created nine reports, all of which are being examined by the community and acted upon by faculty and staff. An appendix provides the agenda for Assessment Week 1986. (Author/SM)
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Fitchburg State Coll., MA.; American Association of State Colleges and Universities, Washington, DC.