An Institution-level, Connected Model of Student Learning and Assessment
The desirability of a coherent and connected model of student learning and assessment motivated the development of the Fundamental Learning Competencies model at CSU, Northridge. This model forms a conceptual umbrella which connects the wide range of student learning outcomes in curricular and co-curricular environments, for advising and for the GE program. In this presentation, we will describe the process used to develop the institution-level model and how fundamental learning outcomes are integrated campus-wide.
Our target audience for this presentation consists of those who oversee assessment on campuses which are struggling either to develop an institution-level set of student learning outcomes or want to find a way to connect the variety of assessment plans and activities which co-exist within our colleges and universities. Participants will see an example of how faculty and assessment coordinators can develop institution-level student learning outcomes and how they bridge and connect the various student learning outcomes across curricular and co-curricular environments. We will describe and discuss the developmental process, and support the discussion with the aid of break-out sessions, handouts and a multi-campus panel.
Upon completion of this workshop, participants will:
Understand the background and process used to develop the Fundamental Learning Competencies at California State University, Northridge.
Be able to identify ways they can apply this model on their campuses
Be able to identify ways they can increase collaboration and communication within and between campus organizational structures.
Bonnie Paller, Ph.D., Associate Professor of Philosophy, Director/Office of Academic Assessment, California State University, Northridge
The Director of Academic Assessment provides oversight and leadership for program and institution-level academic assessment and Program Review. Dr. Paller is a member of the Data Group preparing for the University’s re-accreditation through WASC and serves on Theme 1: “Student Success Through Engagement in Learning”. As a member of the Department of Philosophy, she specializes in philosophy of science, epistemology, and logic.
Dr. Piper is completing his 8th year at CSU Northridge. He shares responsibility with the Provost for leading Northridge’s efforts to become a more learning centered university. He is a frequent speaker on student learning, development and assessment in the co-curriculum.