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Tuesday, June 5 • 4:00pm - 5:00pm
Closing the Loop in General Education: Adapting Current Models to New Accreditation Standards

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The purpose of the session is to explore methods used to close the assessment loop in General Education. This has become especially germane to universities and colleges due to an increased emphasis through accreditation and accountability initiatives that extend to general education. For example, in December 2017 SACSCOC adopted a new principle that requires institutions to provide '€˜evidence of seeking improvement based on analysis of the results' (from principle 8.2(b)) for general education. This represents a significant expansion of the previous requirement for general education reporting.
In this session, we will discuss the process used at the University of Florida to accumulate evidence of student learning in general education, as well as the challenges we encounter in this process as a large, decentralized research university. We currently require programs to report annually how faculty use prior-year outcome and program goal data to modify and improve. The primary challenge is ensuring that faculty, program leaders and assessment personnel analyze and review the data collected, and consider fully its implications for program improvement. In addition, we will share and discuss alternative methods for this process.


M. David Miller

University of Florida
Professor, Research and Evaluation Methods Chair, General Education Assessment Committee

Tuesday June 5, 2018 4:00pm - 5:00pm MDT