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Wednesday, June 6 • 10:30am - 11:30am
Using the Topic Modeling Method to Assess The Substance of Student Learning Outcome Improvement Plans

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The use of results for improvement has been the topic of numerous concurrent sessions and workshops at assessment conferences. While techniques and best practices have been offered, reflections on the data do not occur and/or the use of results is undocumented or vague. One method used to address this issue is the development of rubrics to evaluate the quality of student learning outcome (SLO) reports. Model rubrics not only evaluate the quality of reports but help inform report preparers about improvements. Another recently published method is Fulcher, Smith, Sanchez, Ames, & Meixner (2017) Learning Improvement Rubric. In this article, "Return of the Pig: Standards for Learning Improvement, six standards are suggested for the assessment of reports. The intent is to better demonstrate the impact of changes on student learning. Most relevant to our study is the Learning Interventions standard, as we set out to evaluate Change and Reflection on Change sections of the University's SLO reports. A content analysis, which included the last three years of reports, was conducted using the Topic Modeling method. The intent was to conduct a quantitative analysis of the summary of improvements and the strategies used.


Elise Demeter

UNC Charlotte
Dr. Elise Demeter is the Senior Assessment Research Analyst in the Office of Assessment and Accreditation at UNC Charlotte. She provides leadership in designing and conducting in-depth, quantitative and qualitative research studies related to direct and indirect measures of student... Read More →

Mingwei Qiang

Mingwei Qiang is a Graduate Research Assistant in the Office of Assessment and Accreditation at the University of North Carolina at Charlotte and current graduate student in Mathematical Finance.

Christine Robinson

Dr. Christine Robinson is the Executive Director of the Office of Assessment and Accreditation at the University of North Carolina at Charlotte. For the past five years, as the Executive Director, she had led a team that promotes continuous improvement in student learning, educational... Read More →

Wednesday June 6, 2018 10:30am - 11:30am MDT