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Dr. Melissa Reed - Associate Professor Elementary Education, Early Childhood, and Special Education


Dr. Reed has multiple years of overseeing undergraduate research assessment protocols through the ESU Summer Undergraduate Research Program (ESURP). Her student assessment strategies and results of student success have been published and presented nationally.  Her works have also been cited many times in the state of Kansas and nationally.  She utilizes the Canvas learning management system as a digital assessment tool for her classroom and student research projects.  Her model has been adopted by her program and faculty within the program as excellent assessment tools to help them operate effective assessment protocols in their own classrooms.  Dr. Reed mentors junior faculty in the Elementary Education/Early Childhood Unified/Special Education on ways to be successful with assessment best practices.  Her assessment efforts and contributions to the department are such valuable assets and definitely worthy of assessment champion recognition. 

Student Learning Outcomes (SLO) Statements exist for all learning environments

          The Student Learning Outcomes for an academic degree program are designed and articulated through the program's curriculum map and course syllabi.  These program and course level student learning outcomes identify how upon program degree completion, students' will competently learn the content knowledge, skills, competencies, and practices specific to the degree program.  Emporia State University policy requires that every course list student learning outcomes on the syllabus.  The syllabus serves to inform students of the course expectations and identifies how each course serves to educate the student towards having the knowledge, skills, and values required for their degree program of study.  Each academic unit uses this mapping structure to ensure that students are prepared in their degree programs and to continuously confirm that academic programs are current.  For example, the curriculum map for the Mathematics undergraduate programs (BS and BSE) lists the broad student learning outcomes on page one, and on page two the course specific learning outcomes are shown.  The Mathematics and Economics Probability and Statistics course syllabus states course level student learning outcomes.  Students are encouraged to proactively engage in their knowledge and understanding of how academic programming is designed and improved upon.  To learn more about student learning outcomes contact your academic department of interest and schedule a meeting with your advisor and/or faculty member.  

          Student Affairs Learning Outcomes are integrated into all Student Affairs co-curricular programming and consistent with academic programs are aligned with institution-wide learning goals.  Co-curricular learning experiences are powerful and often provide students with the ability to hone and practice knowledge learned within the classroom.  Keen on integrating learning experiences to engage students in making those connections between the world in which they live and how they can provide leadership for the common good is a by-product of co-curricular and academic programming.  Student Affairs assesses the effectiveness of these student learning experiences and collaborates with academic leaders to make these learning experiences seamless.  

          The General Education program learning goals are mapped to those courses contributing to student learning of foundations, core, transition, and transformation skills.  The General Education Program assessment is grounded in looking at student successes through multiple lenses.  Using both direct and indirect data gathering provides a measurement of actual learning, meanwhile gaining an understanding of students perspectives on their educational experiences.  


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