Best Practices (a combined session with two presentations as outlined below)
Assessment through Business Community Input
Conducted by: John Hannon & Joan Papes
Did you know that participants of an Education Reimbursement Programs (ERP) stand to earn more and be promoted further than non-participants? Why is this important to educational institutions embroiled in seemingly never ending academic assessments? Once an educational institution embraces the Assessment Model set Forth in this Workshop, it will be able to better evaluate their degree programs down to specific institutional course offerings. Why? The feedback received will be tailored to employer objectives, and hence is reflective of community values. Once established this model functions as the hinge that transmits continuous iterative feedback between the business community and the institution of higher learning that serves it. In effect the institution has created an aqueduct that will overflow with answers to the critical institutional assessment question of “do our programs and courses provide application based education?”
The target audience for this workshop is the admissions and institutional effectiveness teams as well as program directors and department chairs.
1. Increase awareness of the needs of the adult learner.
2. Apply these valuable concepts to the more traditional student programs.
3. Recognize that the adult learner is motivated by objectives and goals that reflect their career goals and not necessarily their current professions.
4. Participants should gain insight as to the necessity of gearing programs toward the working person.
5. Analyzing the growth of the student during and after their education program.
6. Identify ways to be proactive in curricula. will become evident.
7. Discuss new ways to communicate with regional employers will be discussed.
8. Analyze outreach strategies.
Dr. John Hannon, professor of business administration, earned his D.B.A. from Nova Southeastern University. He also holds an M.B.A. and a B.I.E. from the University of Dayton. Most recently, Dr. Hannon instructs and guides dissertation research efforts at Capella University as well as serving as permanent adjunct faculty in Kaplan University’s School of Business.
Joan Papes earned her terminal degree through Capella University in Minneapolis, MN. The model to be presented was developed as a result of her research during the dissertation process. She is currently holding the position of Director of CIS/MIS at Midstate College in Peoria, Illinois and also acts as a course facilitator.
Integrating Individual and Organizational Assessments into a Senior Seminar
Conducted by: William Brown
An interactive discussion of the introduction of standardized assessment into an undergraduate senior capstone course in a college of business. Utilizing the Major Field Test – Business and the California Critical Thinking Skills Test both institutional and individual feedback has been generated by graduating seniors in their capstone course. A presentation on the project dynamics and results to include satisfactions, barriers and gateways will be followed by interactive discussion of lessons learned and opportunities for improvements.
Faculty and administrators with interests and experience in assessment of academic programs and student performance.
• Provide an overview of a college assessment program which utilizes a combination of standardized and ad hoc assessments.
• Focused discussion of the use of two standardized instruments: The Major Field Test and The California Critical Thinking Skills Test.
• Discuss how organizational outcomes assessments can be integrated into a senior seminar.
• Learn how a standardized assessment instrument has been utilized to provide both institutional and individual feedback on the efficacy of academic programs.
• Give and receive feedback on barriers and gateways to effective assessment programs.
F. William "Bill" Brown is a Professor of Management in the College of Business at Montana State University in Bozeman, Montana. At the university, he teaches courses on leadership, management, and strategy, and consults with a variety of business and industry clients. He received his Ph.D. from George Washington University.