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Tuesday, June 5 • 9:15am - 10:15am
Fine and Performing Arts Program Assessment: Challenges and Opportunities

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Assessing art and performing arts programs might seem to present challenges of subjectivity. Clichés like "Beauty is in the eye of the beholder" might serve as attempts to capture this perspective. However, arts faculty are professionals and thus possess sound and experienced-based perspectives, and their judgements can, and do, render valuable insight into student learning and development in the arts. In addition, arts professionals can serve as panel assessment participants, providing professional perspective (as opposed to traditional "academic judgement" in areas such as English, History, etc.), and give extremely valuable feedback to the program leaders about student performance that can be incorporated into the curriculum. In this session, we will describe our processes for assessing student work in Columbia's performing arts and art majors; how internal and external perspectives are utilized; and how these approaches inform us about student growth in our arts disciplines. Attendees will view and assess samples of student work in diverse arts disciplines, such as Photography and Design, and discuss the challenges, opportunities, and ultimately, the benefits of these activities.

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Neil Pagano

Associate Provost, Columbia College Chicago
Neil has served as a campus assessment leader and accreditation liaison officer at Columbia College Chicago. He is also a Peer Reviewer for the Higher Learning Commission and regularly serves as a mentor at HLC's assessment academy and workshops.

Tyler Roeger

Manager for Assessment and Faculty Development, Columbia College Chicago
Tyler has been the director of assessment at Columbia College Chicago since 2017. Prior, he was involved in varied assessment activities as a faculty member at institutions in several academic departments and consistently publishes on his research.

Tuesday June 5, 2018 9:15am - 10:15am MDT