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Author Archives: Charles Whitaker

Assessing the Assessors: Benefits of Feedback Surveys

Follow-up is often cited as the most important—and neglected—part of organizational projects. This is also true in academic assessment. Collecting and analyzing data is critical, but if it then sits unused, what’s the point? It could be making life easier

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Student Engagement Reports Have Arrived at MSU

Available Now on MSU’s Assessment Page Missouri State student engagement data is now officially available for viewing or download on the Assessment website. This data is broken into three categories: The NSSE (National Survey of Student Engagement) which is given

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This Week in Assessment: May 3 – 8

Another week in the Office of Assessment is in the books. We laughed. We cried. We consumed coffee by the gallons. It’s an adventure. Keeping with long-standing tradition (as of two weeks ago), here are your 10 notable Assessment happenings:

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Shining Moments in the Office of Assessment

Recently, we published a list blog post on important happenings in the office. Well, we like bulleted lists so much we wanted to follow it up with another one. This one notes some items everyone in the office finds worthy

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Behind the Scenes in the Office of Assessment

Ever wonder what really goes on in that fourth floor corner of Carrington? Take a gander at one of the Office of Assessment’s most recent planning and brainstorming meetings by reading through the staff notes below: Upcoming Goals Work with

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Conversations with Dr. Jillian Kinzie

by Angela Young Dr. Jillian Kinzie of Indiana University is the Associate Director of the Center for Postsecondary Research & National Survey of Student Engagement (NSSE) Institute. She was invited to campus to discuss her expertise gained from years of involvement with academic

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Assessment By Any Other Name…

Assessment sounds like grunge work, demanding serious brainpower, organization, weeks of planning, and a large committee. It’s like those household chores you hate, but do anyway because you enjoy hosting. Or, in this case, you enjoy your program/course. But you probably

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An Undergraduate Experience In Assessing Learning in Public Affairs

My Perspective Before my participation in the Quality Initiative Project (QIP)–an assessment of student learning related to public affairs, I didn’t give much thought to the public affairs mission. I never even considered why it was so important to the

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