One of my other hats at the university where I teach is co-chair of the “Integrated Assessment Team” of the newly renamed College of Liberal Arts and Professional Studies. We’re the folks who are working to assess our efforts as a college, and I’ll be damned if I’m going to let the exercise be a pointless waste of time for everyone involved. Our team went to a great AAC&U insitutde this summer and spent some time really envisioning what we wanted assessment to be about. To me, the effort really paid off because we are framing assessment as being about storytelling. We have a logic model for our work, and in broad strokes it looks like this:
I believe that we can have authentic assessment in which we get curious about what we are doing and how we do it, and I believe that one of the best ways to do that is to pull faculty into the Scholarship of Teaching and Learning as a part of the assessment process. We’re presenting a talk on our work this summer next Tuesday, and we’ll see how people respond!