Regional Community College Assessment Conference

8:30-9 a.m. - Registration/Continental Breakfast (Vendor Fair)

9-9:15 a.m. - Welcome and Instructions for the day

9:15-10:15 a.m. Plenary Speaker– Dr. Susan Hatfield (Hudson Auditorium)

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Photo of Susan Hatfield, plenary speaker. Recognized as a leader and innovator in the assessment of student learning, Dr. Susan Hatfield has been at WSU since the fall of 1981. Susan has an undergraduate degree in speech, theatre and English education from Miami University in Oxford, Ohio, a MA is communication theory from Miami University, and her Ph.D. from the University of Minnesota with emphases in organizational communication and family communication. She has taught a number of courses at WSU including fundamentals of speech communication, interviewing, public speaking, nonverbal communication, communication and technology, interpersonal communication, organizational communication and communication theory. She served as the chairperson of the department of communication studies for nine years, and director of assessment for twelve years. One of her roles is as a Visiting Scholar on Assessment at the Higher Learning Commission.

10:15-10:30 a.m. Morning break (in atrium, vendor fair continuing)

10:30-11:25 a.m. World Cafe

11:30 a.m.-12:20 p.m. Breakout Session #1

11:30 a.m.-12:20 p.m. Closing the Loop on Assessment
Bill Robinson, Associate Professor, Mathematics, JCCC
Caroline Goodman, Assistant Professor, Mathematics, JCCC
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Learn how "common core questions" embedded in final exams can energize and focus your assessment efforts! By analyzing collected data, math faculty develop strategies and interventions to improve teaching and learning. This session will explain the ongoing process, provide examples and data from specific courses, and discuss subsequent course changes.

11:30 a.m.-12:20 p.m. Assessing the Learning, Not the Service. Creating a Measurement of Assessment for Service-Learning Across the Disciplines
Anna Page, Assistant Professor, Dietary Manager/Hospitality Management,JCCC
Holly Milkowart, Associate Professor, ESL/EAP (English for Academic Purposes),JCCC
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Traditionally service learning success is measured based on participation, number of hours, or estimated monies per labor donated or saved by agencies. These quantitative measurements do not, however, measure whether students are meeting core, academic objectives.

11:30 a.m.-12:20 p.m. Pros and Pitfalls of Assessing Writing in Your Discipline
Kathryn Byrne, Associate Professor, JCCC
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Because writing is the currency in all business, academic, and creative life, it should have a firm place in assessment as well. This presentation discusses the pros and the cons of assessing writing in disciplines other than English.

11:30 a.m.-12:20 p.m. It’s Not JUST a Program Review
Melody Shipley, DevEd Coordinator and Assessment Team Leader, North Central Missouri College
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Program Review Workshop handout
Course Assessment handout

A Program Review is an opportunity. The presenter will reinforce the value of teamwork between data and assessment during the Program Review process including a brief overview of Academic Program Review, Non-Academic Program Review, and General Education Review Templates. Attendees will have the opportunity to hear how the value can extend beyond the process. Learn how Reviewers provide specific program review feedback, budget recommendations are provided to the budget committee, and action plans are submitted for consideration in College Strategic Planning.

12:30–1:30 p.m. Lunch (RC 101)

1:30–2:20 p.m. Breakout Session #2

1:30-2:20 p.m. Minding Your DQPs: Curriculum Mapping and Assessment
Tamara Agha-Jaffar, Vice President for Academic Affairs, KCKCC
Dr. Sangki Min, Dean of Institutional Services, KCKCC

The proposal addresses implementation of Lumina Foundations' Degree Qualifications Profile (DQP). The speakers will demonstrate curriculum mapping of DQP items through graduates' transcript analysis; an assessment data collection system which records student achievement on course competencies; one year of assessment results on learning outcomes at course, program, and institutional level.

1:30-2:20 p.m. Creating a Culture of Assessment Across Your Campus
Frederick Burrack, Director of Assessment, Kansas State University
Culture of Assessment handout  

Assessment of student learning is increasingly becoming embedded in the paradigm for identifying success of higher education in America, in contrast to documenting dissemination of content. Kansas State University has found an assessment process focuses on improving student learning through program enhancement. Colleges and universities challenged to imbed a culture of student learning assessment will find what is offered as an effective guide to their educational setting.

1:30-2:20 p.m. Assessing Your Assessment
Chelli Gentry; Director of Assessment, Des Moines Area Community College

At Des Moines Area Community College a rubric was created and designed to assist faculty in evaluating course assessment activities. Each program or district chair is asked to meet with faculty and complete an annual summary designed to examine the status and results of course assessment activities. This process requires faculty to look and evaluate all aspects of the plan, do, check, act, process. This tool is used as part of the annual Assessment Report.

1:30-2:20 p.m. Getting off the Assessment Treadmill and onto the Cycle of Assessment (Part 1)
Sheri Hall Barrett; Director of Outcomes Assessment, JCCC
Kay King, Professor, Chair, Administration of Justice
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Ever feel like your assessment process is like a treadmill? Do you continually collect data, but you never seem to go anywhere with student learning? This two-part session will focus on how to move from just collecting data that satisfies a departmental or college wide requirement to focusing on student learning in the classroom using the "Cycle of Assessment." Session one will focus on determining the right “Research Question” and “Planning Your Assessment.”

2:20–2:40 p.m. Afternoon break (vendor fair continuing)

2:40–3:30 p.m. Breakout Session #3

2:40-3:30 p.m. Integration of Student Learning Outcomes Assessments into Curriculum Assessment, Planning and Delivery in a Practical Nursing Program
Jane Zaccardi, Director Health Occupations and Practical Nursing Programs, JCCC
Ginny Radom, Professor, Practical Nursing, JCCC
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The presenters will outline how the Practical Nursing Program utilized findings of outcomes assessments to promote allocation of additional resources to promote the success of student practical nurses in the area of dosage calculation; to plan and implement intentional interventions to promote achievement of specific outcomes; to isolate course content and objectives pertaining to professional behaviors; and, to demonstrate to the Health Occupations Advisory Council progressive development of these competencies in practical nursing students across the program curriculum. 

2:40-3:30 p.m. Getting off the Assessment Treadmill and onto the Cycle of Assessment (Part 2)
Sheri Barrett; Director of Assessment, JCCC
Kay King, Professor, Chair, Administration of Justice

This session second session will focus on how to move from just collecting data that satisfies a departmental or college wide requirement to focusing on student learning in the classroom using the "Cycle of Assessment."

2:40-3:30 p.m. General Education Outcome Assessment: Getting and Sustaining Institutional Support
Kristy Bishop, Director of Institutional Research and Assessment, Metropolitan Community College
Cynthia Sexton Proctor, Division Chair and Physics Faculty, Chair of the District Assessment Coordinating Committee, Metropolitan Community College
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Education outcomes and getting support from faculty, administration, staff and students. Information is provided on: creation and implementation of an overarching assessment plan, publicizing the new outcomes, and changing curriculum based on the results of the data. 

2:40-3:30 p.m. Kansas Seamless Transfer
Karla Wiscombe, Assistant Director of Academic Affairs, Kansas Board of Regents

This session will be directed toward the faculty of Kansas post-secondary institutions currently participating in the Kansas Seamless Transfer system, or faculty who are considering teaching courses that are included for equivalent transfer within the Kansas Seamless Transfer system. The session will also focus on generating possible assessment that could be implemented in transfer courses.

3:30 – 4:00 pm Final wrap-up and Prize drawings (RC or Hudson)

Contact Us

Sheri Barrett, EdD
Phone: 913-469-7607 

Liz Loomis
Administrative Assistant
913-469-8500 ext. 3646

Mary McMullen-Light,
Research Coordinator
913-469-8500 ext. 3605

Location: GEB 262

2013 Assessment Conference

Photo of the Regnier Center building where the outcomes assessment conference will be held.

Conference Presentations

  • for the 3rd Annual Regional Community College Assessment Conference held on April 19, 2013