Proposal Abstract

Whether responding to recommendations by accrediting bodies or to demands for higher academic distinction by various stakeholders, higher education agendas to become more student-centered often involve large scale, institutional change. As such an institution, Viterbo University was recommended by the Higher Learning Commission in 1998 to improve its “culture of assessment.” As a response to this recommendation, Viterbo applied for and received $1.8 million in Title III federal grant monies to improve outcomes based assessment and active learning strategies. Upon completion of the grant, data indicates not only a strong participation rate on behalf of faculty in the faculty development activities, but also high satisfaction and long term commitment to active learning and assessment. In this session, faculty and administrators can learn how a triangulation of factors – adequate funding, administrative support, and multiple resources - are necessary to facilitate long term institutional change.

Location

Room 2908

Publication Type and Release Option

Presentation (Open Access)

 
Mar 11th, 10:00 AM Mar 11th, 10:45 AM

Improving Academic Quality through Outcomes Assessment and Active Learning Strategies – A Model for Effective Institutional Change

Room 2908

Whether responding to recommendations by accrediting bodies or to demands for higher academic distinction by various stakeholders, higher education agendas to become more student-centered often involve large scale, institutional change. As such an institution, Viterbo University was recommended by the Higher Learning Commission in 1998 to improve its “culture of assessment.” As a response to this recommendation, Viterbo applied for and received $1.8 million in Title III federal grant monies to improve outcomes based assessment and active learning strategies. Upon completion of the grant, data indicates not only a strong participation rate on behalf of faculty in the faculty development activities, but also high satisfaction and long term commitment to active learning and assessment. In this session, faculty and administrators can learn how a triangulation of factors – adequate funding, administrative support, and multiple resources - are necessary to facilitate long term institutional change.