The Role of Collaboration in Assessing Student Learning within Student Affairs

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The Role of Collaboration in Assessing Student Learning within Student Affairs. Marilee J. Bresciani, Ph.D. Professor, Postsecondary Education and Co-Director of the Center for Educational Leadership, Innovation, and Policy San Diego State University 3590 Camino Del Rio North - PowerPoint PPT Presentation

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  • Marilee J. Bresciani, Ph.D.Professor, Postsecondary Education andCo-Director of the Center for Educational Leadership, Innovation, and PolicySan Diego State University3590 Camino Del Rio NorthSan Diego, California, U.S.A.619-594-8318Marilee.Bresciani@mail.sdsu.edu

  • Learning Outcomes for SessionIdentify at least one constituent group for the expected learning in your programIdentify at least one way in which to partner/collaborate with that constituent group with regard to assessment

  • Constituents1 : one who authorizes another to act as agent : principal2 : a member of a constituency3 : an essential part : component, element

    http://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/constituents

  • Questions to Consider (Bresciani, Moore Gardner, & Hickmott, 2009)How do I influence student learning?Is it through the education of my colleagues?Of faculty?Of parents?Of community participants?Bresciani, M.J.

  • How about collaboration with those who assist you in designing and delivering the learning opportunity?

  • Mission/PurposesGoals Outcomes

    Implement Methods to Deliver Outcomes and Methods to Gather DataGather Data

    Interpret Evidence

    Make decisions to improve programs; enhance student learning and development;inform institutional decision-making, planning, budgeting, policy, public accountability

  • Should your constituents be(Bresciani, Moore Gardner, & Hickmott, 2009)Articulating the learning outcomes?Assisting you in the design of learning opportunities?Facilitating the student learning?Identifying the methods/tools to evaluate the learning?

  • Should your constituents be(Bresciani, Moore Gardner, & Hickmott, 2009)Identifying the criteria that accompanies the methods/tools?Gathering evidence? Interpreting results?Writing the report?

  • Should your constituents be(Bresciani, Moore Gardner, & Hickmott, 2009)Disseminating the results?Assisting with writing the action plan to improve the learning?Providing resources for improving the learning?

  • Should your constituents be(Bresciani, Moore Gardner, & Hickmott, 2009)Intervening on policy discussions?Assisting with the external review?Comparison of results?What else?

  • Strategies for Collaboration(Bresciani, Moore Gardner, & Hickmott, 2009)Check your ego at the door

  • Strategies, Cont.(Bresciani, Moore Gardner, & Hickmott, 2009)Provide professional development for student affairs professionals to learn: cooperation and collaboration skillshow to apply the learning and development theories that undergird their workhow to assess the intended learning and development outcomeshow to interpret data and use of it to inform decisions, recommendations, and resource re-allocations

  • Strategies for Collaboration, Cont.(Bresciani, Moore Gardner, & Hickmott, 2009)Review hiring practices and performance evaluations to determine whether collaboration is indeed a part of the hiring criteria and used as a component in performance reviews, promotions, and rewards Seek first to understand, than to be understood (Covey, 1979)

  • Strategies for Collaboration, Cont.(Bresciani, Moore Gardner, & Hickmott, 2009)Be mindful of how your thoughts translate into your words and actionsProvide the motivation for faculty to engage in collaborative projects Develop collective goals, rather than presenting your goals to faculty Commit the time to do the work successfully (e.g., collaboration)

  • Strategies for Collaboration, Cont.(Bresciani, Moore Gardner, & Hickmott, 2009)De-personalize feedback through inquiryBuild formal structures that reward and support collaboration that will sustain beyond personalities and informal relationships Involve students

  • Which ones do you want to plan to work on?-3 months from now6 months from now- a year from now

  • Marilee.Bresciani@mail.sdsu.edu

  • Bresciani, M.J.One Minute EvaluationWhat is the most valuable lesson that you learned from this session?What is one question that you still have?

  • ReferencesBresciani, M. J., Gardner, M. M., & Hickmott, J. (2009). Demonstrating student success in student affairs. Sterling, VA: Stylus Publishing.

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