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A Graduate Research Assistant Perspective on Assessment: The Charlie Whitaker Edition

Introduction

Hello! My name is Charlie Whitaker and I’m a new Graduate Research Assistant in the Office of Assessment. I’m happy to announce that this is my first post on Assessment in Action, a blog featuring the work, events and upcoming developments from inside the office.

8e3a6e63a3bf5044d2f63d78e119e2c4In 2012, I graduated from Missouri State University with a Bachelor of Science degree in Mass Media. After a year away, I enrolled in the department of Media, Journalism and Film‘s graduate Screenwriting certification.

The following semester I returned to begin studies in the Master of Science in Administrative Studies with an Emphasis in Screenwriting and Producing program.

First Week

The initial days in the office were a mix of introductions and research. I met a team of highly talented people, each focused on a variety of disciplines, including Marketing and Audiology. We’ve all been given the opportunity to utilize other skills in order to complete tasks and seek different perspectives when encountering challenges. For example, I’m using my background in Screenwriting to assist in the development of public speaking material. Never guessed that would come in handy before this week.

I’ve also learned Assessment at Missouri State has several focuses, including analyzing campus-wide surveys, departmental consultation and student learning projects such as the QIP.

It’s still early, but I’m already confident that I’ll come out of this experience with a greater academic awareness and improved set of applicable abilities.

The Future

During the next few weeks, my intended tasks include giving the website some love and supporting the university-wide Public Affairs Mission. Here’s what I’m excited to do:

  • Formatting office communications or projects into something more attractive, and readable.
  • Advancing the Office of Assessment social media presence to engage and inform our audience.
  • Getting to know other departments and industries (I’ve already been able to learn about several, through updating the website with Assessment reports, including Psychology, Agriculture, Marketing and Business).
  • Simplify and disseminate messages to a variety of audiences–directly and via the website and social media, following the NILOA Transparency model below:

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Charlie Whitaker, Graduate Research Assistant

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Assessment in Action: Media, Journalism, and Film

Colleges at Missouri State have highlighted departments who actively assess student learning and have “closed the loop” by making changes to their classes and programs based on evidence gathered about student learning. Visit the Use of Student Evidence on the Office of Assessment web page to read more about how faculty, staff, and departments at Missouri State model this assessment for improvement cycle. The Office of Assessment is gathering these stories from around campus.  The first in our “Assessment in Action” series highlights Media, Journalism, and Film. Thank you to Dean Galanes and Dr. Pardue for sharing their assessment story from the College of Arts and Letters.  If you have an assessment in action story you are interested in sharing with the campus community, please contact Sarah Gray.

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Collecting, Collaborating, and Celebrating: Assessing Student Learning

Public Affairs at the University

As part of the Higher Learning Commission Quality Initiative Project, the Office of Assessment collected student work related to public affairs with the goal of understanding students level of knowledge related to public affairs. A group of faculty and staff reviewers met in May 2013 and on October 26. Faculty, staff, and students reviewed student work using a rubric or a collaborative assessment protocol. We were thrilled to welcome Kelsie Young and Brett McKnight (both students of the Student Affairs in Higher Education graduate program) as our first student reviewers!  The reviewers did an incredible job scoring over 260 pieces of work in less than two hours. Reviewers were able to participate in interdisciplinary conversations about public affairs. Brett McKnight commented on the impact of his participation.

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“Participating as a reviewer allowed me to see how truly committed the University is to integrating the public affairs mission into all areas of our community.  The experience also allowed me to not only to see how the core curriculum seeks to reflect the mission through a unique variety of assignments, it helped me to identify ‘best practices’ for instructors and supervisors to generally engage their students in a holistic understanding of the public affairs mission.”

The first review session results are already available online, and the second review session will be available online soon.

What are we doing now that the review session is over?

  • We are currently analyzing and creating a report for the Fall 2013 Quality Initiative Project review session. It will be available on our website soon!

  • We are collecting student work year round to be included in these sessions. Do you have a public affairs assignment or experience to share with the Quality Initiative Project? Faculty and staff can sign up to participate online by filling out the Intent to Participate Form.

  •  We are seeking recommendations of faculty, staff, student who would be interested in reviewing student work at the Spring review session? Students, is there an assignment or experience that impacted your public affairs perception? Tell us about it by commenting on this blog or by emailing us at Assessment.MissouriState.edu.

The video below is a discussion about the Public Affairs Assessment:  Quality Initiative Project during the FCTL 2013 Showcase; it is led by a panel of reviewers from the Fall 2013 review session and facilitated by Kelly Cara.

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An Introduction

I am excited to announce that I joined the Office of Assessment in Carrington 422 as the Director of Assessment on January 2. It has been a whirlwind few weeks.

The Office of Assessment sponsored the first “Showcase on Assessment” on January 23. Each college was represented in the breakout sessions. Materials from selected faculty sessions and video of the keynote presentation are available at http://www.missouristate.edu/assessment/ShowcaseOnAssessmentSpring2013.htm

In future posts, you’ll read more about the the work of the Office of Assessment. Here is what we are currently working on:

  • Overseeing the collection of student work submitted for the Quality Initiative Project (http://www.missouristate.edu/assessment/QIP.htm). This is our proposed project for the Higher Learning Commission to assess the public affairs mission at Missouri State. Please consider providing student work/artifacts for the assessment of public affairs. Visit our website to fill out the Intent to Participate Form or to apply as a reviewer in the summer: http://www.missouristate.edu/assessment/QIP.htm
  • Working with faculty on General Education proposals, and in the future, work with faculty to report on the proposed assessments.
  • HLC, specifically the assessment of Public Affairs as part of the Quality Initiative Project proposed to the HLC.
  • General Education assessment—helping faculty, programs, departments, and colleges address assessment
  • Working with Assessment Council (http://www.missouristate.edu/assessment/89754.htm)

 

Keri Franklin, Director of Assessment

 

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