Assessment Month 2013 - Taking Root with Assessment
This year’s Assessment Month, themed “Taking Root with Assessment,” offered workshops for both staff and students then culminated with the Assessment Reception. Assessment Month focused on improving program assessment and student learning through training and sharing ideas. Our annual Assessment Reception continues to be a force in creating college wide collaboration and communication about Assessment as we had BC Faculty, Staff, Administration, and District employees attend.
I want to thank all of the Faculty that took time to share their expertise and assessment strategies; Michael Einhaus, Lori Larkin, Patrick and Janet Fulks, Dawn Dobie, Nancy Guidry, and Todd Coston. We had very positive comments on all of the workshop evaluations.
The Assessment Reception was very successful. Thank you to all the assessment committee members that helped set up. A special thank you to Lindsey Ono and Chef Coyle for giving your time, resources, and talents to make the reception successful.
I applaud all of our faculty and staff that are committed to student improvement through assessment on campus.
Attendees: Michelle B, Susan M, Patrick S, David N, David K, Dawn D, Denise M, Michael E, Pam D, Bernadette T., and Karimeh A.
*Approval of Minutes 11/9/12- minutes were approved
· Think Tank- theme/activity ideas- Denise-reported that they had over 20 participants at the flex think tank meetings. Many good conversations and discussions . The think tank will be meeting again….
· Course Outcomes- Bernadette reported that they are still working on approval of course outcomes and getting curricunet to work properly.
· Flex Week Assessment Workshop- Bernadette reported they had about seven participants going through the assessment module.
*Topic for discussion
· Curriculum Clinics- L148, from 2:30 – 4:00 p.m., on the following dates: 2/28, 3/14, and 4/11- David Koeth agreed to attend these meetings. David asked for some vocabulary and instructional materials to be established for the meeting.
· Maintaining Committee Portal- Dawn Dobie and Patrick Serpa agreed to attend training and facilitate the portal.
· Assessment Month- workshop dates & times- Patrick, Bernadette and Michael E. agreed to set up food and presenters for dates assigned. The rooms have already been booked by Bernadette for each workshop.
o 4/11- Thursday- 12:00
o 4/12-Friday- 9:00
o 4/16- Tuesday- 1:00- Bernadette- Student workshop
o 4/17- Wednesday- 4:00
o 4/22- Monday- 3:00
o 4/24- Wednesday 4:00
· Assessment Reception- 4/25- Thursday- 3:00-6:00- Bernadette has already been getting calls about when this year’s event is going to be from faculty chairs. The “room” is booked and Chef will take care of the food.
· Assessing the Assessment Committee- We discussed
*Action Items from last meeting:
· Bernadette write article about Student Success Conference and post on Blog- this was completed, posted on blog and an email went out to BC Faculty and Staff.
BC Assessment committee presents at 2012 Student Success Conference: Embracing and Leading Change
In October of 2012, David Koeth, Bonnie Suderman, and Bernadette Towns made a presentation at the 2012 Student Success Conference held in Costa Mesa, California. The theme of the conference was “Embracing and Leading Change.”
The topic of the session was: “Spotlight On Assessment: Transforming your Campus Assessment Process and Outlook.”
The workshop was well attended and well received. Bonnie shared the theory behind the Bakersfield College approach; while David and Bernadette shared the activities that have been done on campus to transform the attitudes toward assessment.
Attendees were very excited about things happening on our campus; many mentioned being inspired after the presentation.
The work that has been done on assessment at Bakersfield College is commendable and we have much to be proud of.
Congratulations, Bakersfield College Assessment Committee!
Attendees: Michelle B, Bernadette T., Patrick S., Susan M., Pam D., David N., Denise M., Dawn D., Manny M., Brian H., David K., Karimeh A.
*Approval of Minutes 9/14/12- minutes were approved unanimously.
*Updates • Program Assessment- 100% of program assessments were submitted.
• Course Assessments- 100% of course assessment timelines were submitted.
• Think Tank- theme/activity ideas- Denise gave everyone a handout summarizing the think tank meeting. The think tank decided on “Improving Writing Across Campus in all Disciplines”. There will be another meeting next month to continue the think tank discussion. A campus wide invitation will to invite participants for the think tank was discussed. The assessment committee agreed to support the think tank topic and activities during assessment month.
• Accreditation- Week of October 22- We tentatively have an assessment meeting set up for the accreditation team to visit, in the event that they want to sit in. If the team does not request to sit in, the meeting will be canceled. It is tentatively set for Tuesday the 23rd, 11:30-1:00.
• Assessment Presentation- Bernadette reported that she, David, and Bonnie had attended the student success conference and presented on all the things Bakersfield College had done in assessment. She reported that the presentation was well received and many people left saying they were inspired. It was suggested that an article of this presentation be put together and reported on the assessment blog, so that all of campus would be informed. Bernadette agreed to get that done.
*Upcoming Spring Events Planning
• Assessment Week/Month- The committee decided to have an assessment month and spread out the workshops with varying days and times to give more people the opportunity to attend. “Growing Strong: Take Root with Assessment”, was the theme selected for assessment week this year. It was decided to use green ribbons to signify assessment month. David agreed to come up with some images for theme.
o Students-It was discussed to have student writing workshops offered during assessment. The committee decided to have a writing contest on campus during assessment month offering first, second and third place. The student will have two topics to choose from, “How to succeed at BC” or “How not to succeed at BC”. How the winners were to be selected was a topic of great discussion, one idea was having Faculty and Staff read them using a rubric. It was decided to let the think tank determine how to approach this topic.
o Faculty Training- Topics/ Days/Times- During assessment month, two faculty and staff trainings will be available each week month on assessment and writing topics, and one writing workshop for students. It was discussed to have some treats or pizza at trainings to draw participants. Possibly treats for faculty workshops and pizza for student workshops.
o The committee also discussed having assessment month in February for Spring 2014. Members of the committee felt it would be less busy for faculty than April and we could possibly get more participation. It was also mentioned that the theme could revolve around “Love” since Valentines Day is in February.
• Assessment Reception o Date- April 25th, from 3-6 o Location- garden o There was a discussion about asking Chef to prepare maybe root vegetables, or carrot cake to go with annual theme. o In order to fulfill the assessment strategic goal number 4, it was discussed to select four superior assessment plans that had been submitted this semester and post them on a board at the assessment reception . o It was decided to invite the BC jazz group again to play at the reception.
Action Items: • Bernadette write article about Student Success Conference and post on Blog • Bernadette secure rooms for assessment month workshops • Bernadette follow up with committee regarding accreditation assessment committee meeting. • Bernadette will talk to Chef about foods to be offered during the assessment reception. • David put together “branding” images for assessment month. • Think Tank- follow up with think tank regarding how the student essay contest will be scored. And what type of training for faculty and staff members should be offered during assessment month.
*Topic for discussion · Assessing the Assessment Committee
*Action Items from last meeting: · Bernadette write article about Student Success Conference and post on Blog · Bernadette secure rooms for assessment month workshops · Bernadette follow up with committee regarding accreditation assessment committee meeting. · Bernadette will talk to Chef about foods to be offered during the assessment reception. · David put together “branding” images for assessment month. · Think Tank- follow up with think tank regarding how the student essay contest will be scored. And what type of training for faculty and staff members should be offered during assessment month.
Attendees: Bonnie S., Bernadette T., David K., David N., Conor W., Pam D., Kenward V., Denise M., Nancy M., Manny M., Patrick S., Susan M., Karimeh A., Ann M.
Assessment Goals aligned with strategic goals
· The committee discussed the assessment committee goals in relationship to the strategic college goals. All the goals were discussed and some changes were made to goal number 5. The committee approved the goals with changes. The strategic college goal alignment chart will be updated.
Sub Committees · Curriculum SLO’s- The committee agreed to just have curriculum committee members that were also on assessment review course SLO’s in curriculum. Currently that is Dawn Dobie and Bernadette Towns. · Course Assessments- The following committee members agreed to be trained and review course assessment in curricunet. David Koeth, David Neville, Nancy Mai, Pam Davis, and Denise Mitchell. · Think Tank- Bonnie agreed to oversee and establish think tank.
Upcoming Spring Events
· Accreditation- Bonnie discussed having a meeting during this week in the event that the accreditation team had questions for the assessment committee. All members of current committee do not need to attend but are welcome. · Assessment Week- The committee discussed having an assessment month rather than a week, no final decisions were made to be revisited at next month’s meeting. · Assessment Reception- committee members agreed to continue the reception as done in past years and make no changes. Date and location for this Spring’s event has not been set.
· The course assessment subcommittee will be trained and review course assessments in curricUNET prior to next meeting. · Think tank group is to meet before next meeting and determine topic for this year. · Meeting to be scheduled for the week accreditation is here. · Update strategic goal chart.
The 2012 Assessment and Engagement Conference Keynote Speaker:
Elizabeth Barkley is an internationally known scholar, educator and consultant. With over 30 years experience as an innovative and reflective teacher, her areas of interest include engaging students through active and collaborative learning; transforming face-to-face and online curriculum to meet the needs of diverse learners (especially those from new and emerging generations); the scholarship of teaching and learning; and connecting learning goals with outcomes and assessment.
She is author of: Student Engagement Techniques: A Handbook for College Faculty(Jossey-Bass, 2009), Collaborative Learning Techniques: A Handbook for College Faculty(co-authored with K. Patricia Cross and Claire Howell Major, Jossey-Bass, 2005) andCrossroads: The Multicultural Roots of Popular Music in America (Prentice Hall, 2007).
Things to keep in mind about the 2012 Assessment and Engagement Conference at Bakersfield College:
1. You must pay for your lunch at the conference. The cost is $7. Make sure to reserve a lunch at the Eventbrite site when you reserve your workshops.
2. Bring copies of your course SLOs if you will be participating in the “Program Assessment Plans/ Assessment Module” workshop.
3. Note that you can participate in two workshops: one at 8:45, and a second one at 11:05. Make sure to get one ticket for each of the workshops you wish to attend. Some of the workshops will be presented during both sessions.
4. Once you choose your workshops and meal reservation preference, you will be asked to register. After you have registered, your tickets will be emailed to you as a PDF file. Download the file, print out the tickets, and bring to the conference.
Presenters: Dr. Kimberly Van Horne and Joyce Kirst
Description of workshop: Presenters will cover data driven assessment for course SLO’s.
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11:05-12:05 / LA 201
Presenter: Ann Morgan
Description of workshop: Presenter will explain the CCSSE results completed at Bakersfield College last year that informed creation of the think tank task force, which is addressing some of the findings.
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Getting Students to Read the Chapter before the Lecture
8:45-9:45; 11:05-12:05 / LA 110
Presenter: Jack Pierce
Description of workshop: This workshop is designed to give instructors ideas on how to get students to read lecture material before attending class. The workshop facilitator will introduce chapter preview worksheets (CP’s) that guide students, using proven reading strategies, to absorb chapter content prior to lecture. It is required that participants bring their current text book used for their class. Information in the workshop includes the following:
• What is a CP?
• What’s in a CP
• Advantages /Disadvantages of a CP
• Results of student engagement using CP’s
• Participants make their own CP before leaving the workshop
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Integrating Learning Skills into Your Class or Study
11:05-12:05 / LA 204
Presenter: Dan Kimball
Description of workshop: How to use 13 learning skills to succeed in any college or university level course. These help students make the transition from secondary education to college level. I have many years experience using these skills to help students be successful in math based classes. Many students come back and tell me the learning skills were more important than the content I taught them. Overlapping learning skills with content is the best way to go.
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Program Assessment Plans/ Assessment Module
8:45-9:45; 11:05-12:05 / LA 116
Presenters: Bernadette Towns, Rickelle Syrdahl, Suzie Ama
Description of workshop: How to complete assessment program plans in the Curricunet assessment module. The coordinators from all three campuses will be present to assist you with your campus plan. Bring program assessment plan materials with you and you can input your program assessment plan on the spot. Faculty and Staff are also invited to learn the assessment module, as all course assessment and non academic program assessment will be documented in this module as well.
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THIS WORKSHOP HAS BEEN CANCELED
Strategies for Assessment and Student Engagement in Criminal Justice
11:05-12:05 / LA 203
Presenters: Christian Zoller and Peggy DeStefano
Description of workshop: We will share some of our success stories in creating meaningful assessments and enhancing student engagement online and in the classroom.
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Student Engagement 101; A brief overview of what has worked in some institutions and what we are trying closer to home
8:45-9:45; 11:05-12:05 / LA 217
Presenter: Lucas Rucks
Description of workshop:
• Overview of student engagement theory
• Review of Documenting Effective Educational Practices (DEEP) School.
• Discussion of an ongoing study in Bakersfield College, the progress to date, and student engagement techniques.
• Looking forward at Bakersfield College
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Students as Error Detectives (for their writing)
8:45-9:45 / LA 204
Presenter: Susan McQuerry
Description of workshop: Students must write essays/research papers for their English/ESL classes and for other subjects as well. It is often difficult for them to find and correct errors in grammar, punctuation, spelling, etc. One activity that has become popular with my students is what I call an “Error Correction” exercise.
I present sentences gleaned from their essays, sentences with the most common errors I’ve found overall. Using the “code” of English proofreaders’ marks, they pair up and search for errors to correct. They enjoy it because they work with a partner and because they earn a decent amount of points for being “good detectives.”
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Using an SLO rubric
8:45-9:45; 11:05-12:05 / LA 218
Presenter: Stephen Eaton
Description of workshop: This workshop shows the simplicity of creating a rubric to determine whether students have achieved your stated SLO’s.
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8:45-9:45 / LA 203MOVED TOScience & Engineering 7 (SE7)
Presenter: Dan Kimball
Description of workshop: How to design an interactive website using an example that has been very successful in math based classes. Design techniques (layout), links helpful to students, putting forms into a web site that can be used as surveys, making your class a web-based class and novel ways to use a website. You will have a chance to try these techniques out on a computer during the workshop.
The Writing Center emerged from a comprehensive study of Bakersfield College’s developmental education programs three years ago, undertaken by a team led by Dr. Hunter Boylan from the National Center for Developmental Education. That study, colloquially known as “the Boylan Report” and funded by Basic Skills Initiative (BSI) money, engaged multiple stakeholders, interviews, review of available data, and an in-depth look at “basic skills” across our campus. One of the most consistent recommendations throughout that report was that BC begin steps towards a comprehensive Writing Center.
In late 2010/early 2011, the Basic Skills Team, a group founded when the BSI funding originated some three years ago, met to prioritize plans for budgeting the BSI funding. Much of the discussion centered on recommendations made in the Boylan Report, as well as input, ideas, and data analysis from a second report, “DE @ BC,” undertaken with leadership from the new Dean in October, 2010. Again, the idea of a Writing Center, along with diagnostic/modularized learning, and Supplemental Instruction, were at the top of that list.
Beginning a Writing Center was a significant challenge, not only in terms of getting something with such magnitude off the ground, but also in the face of significantly reduced BSI funding for the 2011-2012 AY. A core team was brought together over the summer to work towards the goal of opening the Writing Center in fall, 2011. This team worked through many logistics, such as who would undertake the day-to-day organization and direction of the project, what was the mission, who would be our “writing consultants/professional tutors,” what diagnostic/modularized software programs were “out there,” working well – with reliable data and statistics – and could we do a pilot – and, if so, who would be part of that pilot, and so forth.
Data informed our decision-making at every step of the way. We identified a problematic “English developmental” sequence in our ENGL 50/60 and ENSL 50/60 courses that had showed a “flatline” to success rates over the past five years, with success percentages below the average for English/ENSL courses and the college’s overall success rate averages. Clearly, here was a need for intervention. As a result, we worked in partnership with Pearson to begin our “Pearson pilot” diagnostic and modularized learning program with a sample of students in those identified classes and an action plan goal of improving success in those courses by 10-15% by the end of the 2011-2012 AY.
We also looked at data to inform our decisions about past programs and initiatives. One set of data in particular indicated that an approach we had been using for at least two years was not having the kind of impact or effect that would justify its expense, and so that was discontinued. Another set of data led to the conclusions and recommendations that our approach to implementing Supplemental Instruction needed to be different – and, as a result, we have modified that approach and plan to implement those modifications, hopefully in the spring 2012 semester. We will carefully monitor the data to ensure that we have a way to assess and authentically respond to bona fide questions such as “is it working” – and, “if not, what can we do to make it better?”
One of the best parts of using data regularly to inform decisions and to help regulate and monitor directions taken is that when it comes time to providing a report back to the State as to how taxpayers’ money has been spent, reports and statistics are readily at hand! There is also a reassuring sense of authenticity to be able to say: “we tried x, y was the result, and we are now – based on that information – going to move towards z.”
The Writing Center Team is very excited that a project that was recommended three years ago by a national authority on Developmental Education is becoming a reality at Bakersfield College. What has given it a very strong start is a wonderful team of dedicated faculty and staff, and a bedrock of authentic assessment practices on which to build for it a wonderful future.
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Many people have been asking what the winners received. The departments were awarded gift cards to Office Max. Enjoy the new supplies!!! The individual prize winners were awarded gift cards to Espresso Cafe. Congratulations! Well Done.