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ERIC Number: ED409072
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1997-Apr
Pages: 27
Abstractor: N/A
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Measuring Moving Targets: Assessing General Education and Program Outcomes across the Curriculum.
Piuma, Francesca, And Others
Since 1989, the North Central Association has required accredited institutions to develop programs that assess student academic achievement and reemphasized the role of general education (GE) as a central requirement for degree programs. At Wisconsin's Madison Area Technical College (MATC), these requirements presented four related challenges: dealing with a mission statement that emphasizes employment and technical training; uncertainty over how to add GE components to existing, course-heavy occupational programs; a lack of consensus on the content and delivery of GE in technical programs; and the perception that the assessment initiative intruded on academic freedom. To respond to these challenges, MATC formed two faculty committees to identify a set of core GE abilities and related indicators and apply the abilities to the college's transfer program, respectively. These two committees were then joined to pilot the new abilities and indicators in six programs. In undertaking this initiative, MATC sought to build upon established assessment practices, rather than start from zero; identify supporters of the initiative early on at the administrative, faculty, and staff levels; legitimize the value of faculty dialogue; develop a college-wide assessment communication plan; and establish an adequate budget. An organizational chart of the initiative, lists of committee responsibilities and planning guidelines, sample course analysis forms, the eight core abilities developed, a chart of six levels of assessment activities, and an implementation timeline are attached. (BCY)
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive; Speeches/Meeting Papers
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Language: English
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