Assessment Champion Featured
Dr. Dipak Ghosh - Professor of Economics
Dr. Ghosh is the assessment point person for the School of Business. He is responsible for collecting, analyzing, and preparing annual assessment reports for AACSB accreditation and the Higher Learning Commission. He serves as the chair of the Student Learning Committee, provides assessment workshops for the faculty, and serves as a faculty assessment consultant. Dr. Ghosh takes great effort to ensure that the assessment process is unobtrusive to faculty and beneficial to students. On example of his efforts has resulted in significant improvement of measured student knowledge in international business courses. His craft at working with people results in effective faculty involvement in assessment, meanwhile he has streamlined assessment practices resulting in a comprehensive culture of assessment. Finally, Dr. Ghosh serves as a model for what assessment should be, a constant process. Assessment is not a part-time or side job for Dr. Ghosh and his dedication to the assessment cause garners the respect of his colleagues. In summary, Dr. Ghosh champions assessment efforts within the School of Business on a daily basis. The value of Dr. Ghosh's contributions toward assessment are impossible to quantify. His work directly supports the maintenance of our AACSB accreditation, the standards set by HLC, faculty participation in assessment, and most importantly, improving student learning.
The Office of Institutional Effectiveness (OIE) provides assessment resources and learning opportunities for the campus community. Professional development opportunities are communicated through many channels including campus announcements, personalized emails, and on the website. Resource and Information awareness is shared and incorporated into the operations of the Student Learning Assessment Council, the Provost's Council, Chairs meetings, and Faculty and Staff meetings. This communication network serves to promote the sharing of data and to coordinate learning opportunities across faculty and staff constituencies. It is common for workshops and council meetings to serve as assessment shares and provide individual and group assessment training opportunities.
The professional development of the campus community is crucial to perpetuating a culture of continuous improvement of the student learning experience. Course-embedded assessment practices are encouraged as a best practice. Expanding knowledge and gaining skills in implementing assessment practices at the course, program, department, and unit levels is also key to maintaining the currency of both the curriculum and co-curriculum. The Office of Institutional Effectiveness offers an online self-paced course titled "Quality Assessment Practices: A Professional Development Series". For more information or to register for the online assessment course contact Assistant Provost - Dr. Kord at email@example.com. This course is designed to provide professional development in the assessment of student learning. It covers a variety of topics that assist in building assessment knowledge and capacity to implement assessment practices at the course, program, and unit levels. Individuals completing all 10 of the course modules are awarded a badge for their achievement.
Face-to-face workshops and the online self-paced course are the two types of structured professional development opportunities for the campus community. Workshops (see links to workshop materials at the bottom of this page) dedicated to a variety of assessment topics have been popular ways to advance assessment knowledge and skills. The workshop topics are identified through consultation with the faculty at the discipline and program levels. Faculty members are encouraged to engage in individual consultations and professional development opportunities. It is common for the Assistant Provost to meet one-on-one to ensure that faculty is comfortable with assessing their courses. In addition, the faculty is supported in attending assessment workshops and conferences at other venues and institutions. Special Topic professional development sessions can be arranged for individual or groups by contacting the Assistant Provost.
A variety of assessment literature is also available for checkout through the OIRA as well as the WAW Libraries and Archives. Common titles available are Assessing General Education Programs (Allen, M.J., 2006), Assessing Academic Programs in Higher Education (Allen, M.J., 2004), Assessing and Improving Student Organizations (Nolfi, T. and Ruben, B.D., 2010), Assessment in Practice (Banta, T.W., Lund, J.P., Black, K.E., and Oblander, F.W., 1996, Assessment Essentials (Banta, T.W. and Palomba, C.A., 2015), Assessment Clear and Simple (Walvoord, B.E., 2010), Assessment Reconsidered (Keeling, R.P., Wall, A.F., Underhile, R., and Dungy G.J., 2008), Assessing Student Learning (Suskie, L., 2009), Classroom Assessment Techniques (Angelo, T.A. and Cross, K.P., 1993), Assessment Reconsidered 2 (Keeling R.P., Editor, 2006), Assessment in Student Affairs: A Guide for Practitioners (Upcraft, L.M, and Schuh, J.H., 1996), and Designing & Assessing Courses & Curricula (Diamond, R.M., 1998) to list a few.