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CASL Minutes—1 February 2013

Present: Shannon Godsey, Tracy Bolen, Julia Williams, Mick McComber, Jim Klueg, Richard Davis, and Taylor Glynn

Excused: Jerry Pepper, Jeni Eltink, Eve Browning

Guest: Corbin Smyth

The first agenda item was to change the spring semester meeting time from 9:30-11:00 to 10-11:30.  The change was approved.

Corbin Smyth shared information about Dr. Marilee Bresciani who will be working with Student Life PALs and Directors and presenting a keynote address at The College of St. Scholastica on Friday, April 19, 2013.  Dr. Bresciani is available to work with Academic Affairs (EVCAA) units on the 18th for a fee.  CASL members decided the best use of resources would be to invite EVCAA PALs to attend her Keynote address and to purchase one or more of her texts for future discussion during CASL meetings.

Shannon provided an update on implementation of Campus Labs products.  Two training sessions for Baseline have been set up: Friday, February 15 from 9-10am and Tuesday, February 19 from 3-4pm.  Faculty and staff who have expressed interest have been directly invited to attend, but all faculty and staff are welcome to RSVP and attend.  One department had successfully used the Compliance Assist program to submit assessment reports for the 12-13 academic year.  Shannon will continue to input program outcomes and let PALs know individually when they can log in and use the system.

The group reviewed data from the Capstone Survey delivered to Department Heads in spring 12 and again, to PALs during the November Peer Review session.  There were 46 responses, 3 did not agree with the definition of “capstone” stated on the survey, 27 indicated they currently have a capstone project in their program, 7 said they would be interested in professional development dedicated to capstone experiences and 8 said they would be willing to share their experiences with others.  Richard and Julia provided descriptions of successful capstones.  Question which arose from discussion included: What (concretely) are the students’ perceptions of capstone experiences, what kinds of capstones exist or could exist between academic and student life programs, and what are good ways to assessment learning in capstone experiences?

Shannon shared her draft idea for a professional development program for spring semester—an assessment research group. The program would be developed around readings and conversations focused on possible assessment research on scholarship of teaching and learning (SoTL) in general and/or within specific disciplines.  The intention for the groups would be to create a space for professional/interdisciplinary conversations around assessment and SoTL, investigate opportunities for publication in Higher Ed or specific disciplinary literature, and, ultimately to create a research proposal or proposals.  CASL supported this idea based on the structure, having a goal at the end, and the potential for specific focused conversations that address issues that have been identified on campus in general and in specific programs. Possible topics included: investigating questions revealed through the capstone survey, questions about measuring student learning in programs focused on service and outreach, discipline specific methodology (fine arts, sociology, philosophy, history, psychology, etc.) and items identified during the peer review.  All PALS will be directly invited and other interested parties should contact Shannon Godsey.  Lunch will be provided.

Shannon provided first drafts of an assessment mission that aligns with the University mission.  She will take the suggestions made by CASL members, align it with the EVCAA mission, and present another draft at the next meeting.

Shannon indicated the annual campus assessment report has been submitted to the EVCAA, Andrea Schokker, and has been posted on the assessment website.

Shannon reported we are making progress on the President’s Alliance action items and have two, specifically, that need attention during spring semester: 1. Developing an assessment process for graduate programs and 2. Establishing assessment plans for 100% of programs.

Meeting adjourned: 10:25am


Shannon Godsey, recorder


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