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KSU Assessment Highlights

Identify Meaningful Outcomes

Identifying meaningful outcomes may require faculty, staff, and students to work together. Here are some examples of good practices: 

Develop Assessment Approaches or Measures

Do you know how Kent State faculty and professional staff determine if students are learning and developing? 

Using Evidence of Student Learning to Inform Important Decisions

Assessment is meaningful when we use the data to inform our work and improve our programs or services.

The College of Business Administration

Assessment results from fall of 2014 indicated that students were not achieving quantitative skills commensurate with the target for the learning outcome (students will perform basic calculations using quantitative tools to support business decisions).  In response, the Fundamentals of Business Statistics (MIS 24056) course was revised from a large lecture course to a lecture course with labs in Fall 2015. This was designed to provide students with an opportunity to apply learning and receive feedback under guided supervision of an instructor. However, assessments of quantitative skills continued to fall below the college’s target in subsequent years. Starting in Fall 2018, the college addressed the need for improvement through curricular revisions that would now require two analytics courses, one at the sophomore level and one at the junior level. The sophomore level course, Fundamentals of Business Statistics (MIS 24056) was replaced with Business Analytics I. To satisfy the junior level analytics requirement, students will be able to choose from Business Analytics II, Econometrics (required for economics majors), Financial Modeling I and II (required for finance majors), and marketing analytics (required for managerial marketing majors).

Professional Development Activities

There are so many ways to learn more about assessment! Check this out!

Taskstream AMS (Assessment Tool) Workshops

Kent State deans, directors, faculty, staff, and administrators are learning how to use Taskstream AMS to report and review their assessment data. As of 12/21/2018 more than 200 participants have learned to use this assessment tool. 

Assessment Pioneers of 2018 are Leading Assessment Work

Kent State implemented Taskstream by Watermark as part of a comprehensive plan to provide centralized resources for and increase communication about assessment. The academic year of 2017-2018 is the first year assessment reports have been entered into the Taskstream system. These 20 recipients of the Assessment Pioneer Award represent faculty and staff who not only embraced this assessment reporting challenge but often went beyond it by promoting and supporting a culture of assessment in their units through communication, developing educational materials, and providing professional development for their colleagues! Thank you and congratulations!

Assessment Pioneers:

Cathy Marshall  Tracey Motter D. Mark Manley Wendy Umberger
Mary Ann Raghanti  Noël Palomo-Lovinski Clarissa Thompson Dana Brown
Robert Trogdon   David Putman Pamela Tontodonato Julie Mirabell
Brandon Shields   Sankalp Sharma Mary Hogue John Baker
Courtney Marsden Janice Gibson Sloane Burgess Valerie Samuel


International Conference Presentation 

  • As business schools face pressures to demonstrate the value of faculty research in addressing societal problems, Brandon Shields (Assessment and Accreditation Analyst in College of Business Administration) has been leveraging the Digital Measures platform to meet the accreditation needs. His experiences and strategies were shared in 2019 Watermark webinar. 
  • At Watermark Engage 2018 Conference, Erica Eckert (Assistant Dean for Assessment and Accreditation and an Assistant Professor in the College of Education, Health and Human Services) and Courtney Marsden (Assessment and Accreditation Coordinator) discussed two structured activities used at Kent State to migrate assessment to Taskstream by Watermark. They reviewed an activity that can be used by academic and student affairs programs to clarify and explore how outcomes are structured across learning opportunities and assessments. They also walk through a process that can be used with large and small programs/institutions, and repeated over time.
  • At American Evaluation Association Conference 2018, Yi-Chin (Sarah) Wu (Associate Director of Assessment in the Office of Accreditation, Assessment and Learning) shared Kent State Assessment Support Group practice. She presented the purpose, mission, values, and strategies of assessment engagement. 

Kent State Assessment Support Group is Growing

Since July 2018, the Kent State Assessment Support Group has continued to expand. We welcome all members of Kent State who are interested in the assessment of student learning, to join us. In this group, members share challenges and achievements, cultivate strategies and skills, and develop knowledge and expertise in the field of assessment. Contact Dr. Sarah Wu at ywu44@kent.edu and join us today!