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2017-18 Senior Survey Results Available

Graduating seniors continue to rate Kansas State University highly in many areas. Of the 1,623 respondents (41.6% response rate) to the 2017-18 Senior Survey, over 92% rated their undergraduate experience positively and indicated they would recommend K-State to others.

View detailed reports and additional information on the Senior Survey.

Offered at the end of each semester by the Office of Assessment, the Senior Survey is designed to give undergraduate students the opportunity to reflect upon their K-State experiences. Results are used to improve the college experience for current and future students by identifying both strengths and areas that need further development. The survey includes questions related to satisfaction with academic programs, intellectual and personal growth, student services, and preparation for a career or graduate school.

Seniors also reported progress in many other academic areas. At least 93% of respondents reported substantial progress in the ability to think critically, the ability to interact positively with people different from themselves, and the ability to participate as team members. High levels of satisfaction were also reported for various offices and services across campus.

Mechanical Engineering and Computer Science recognized for assessment efforts

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The Office of Assessment has selected the Mechanical Engineering undergraduate and Computer science graduate programs as this year’s recipients of the Excellence in Assessment citation.

The Mechanical Engineering undergraduate program is recognized for its efforts and achievements in the following areas:

  • Utilization of assessable criteria to measure student demonstrations of outcomes.
  • Innovative implementation of Canvas for data collection.
  • Clearly defined levels of achievement that expose specific learning needs.
  • Use of automated dashboards to analyze assessment results.

Leading the assessment efforts in this program is Kevin Wanklyn.

The Computer Science graduate program is recognized for its efforts and achievements in the following areas:

  • Effective use of assessment for curricular decisions
  • Thorough analysis and discussion of assessment data
  • Planning to incorporate student feedback and other data into the assessment process
  • Making the assessment process useful

To learn more about assessment methods, visit the Office of Assessment’s website or Twitter page.

Attend the Critical Thinking Assessment Institute on Oct. 25

Institute for Student Learning Assessment WordmarkAttend this year’s Institute for Student Learning Assessment to learn approaches to effectively and meaningfully assess critical thinking. Faculty from a variety of disciplines will share strategies to assess critical thinking in their classrooms and programs.

Date: October 25, 2017
Time: 9am – Noon
Location: Bluemont Room, K-State Student Union
Cost: Free for all K-State Faculty and Staff

Registration is closed.

Limited walk-up seating will be available on the day of the event.

 

Schedule at a glance (View the full schedule)

8:30 Registration & Coffee
9:00 Defining Critical Thinking as a Guide to Assessment in Higher Education – Pat Ackerman
9:30 Excellence in Assessment Award Highlight: Critical Thinking in Athletic Training – Shawna Jordan
10:00 Effective Strategies for Critical Thinking: 20-minute rotating mini-sessions
11:30 Closing Session: Critical Thinking Expectations at K-State – Bronwyn Fees, Jana Fallin, and Fred Burrack

Assessment Dashboard in a Day Video Walkthrough: Part IV – Format and Polish

Part III of this series covered the creation of measures and charts to use in a direct assessment dashboard/report in PowerBI.

Part IV finishes the report by formatting charts and adding final touches.

Continue reading “Assessment Dashboard in a Day Video Walkthrough: Part IV – Format and Polish”

Assessment Dashboard in a Day Video Walkthrough: Part III – Measures and Charts

Part II of this series covered the creation of dimensions on the way to creating a direct assessment dashboard/report in PowerBI.

Part III begins the process of creating the report, including the creation of measures and charts.

Continue reading “Assessment Dashboard in a Day Video Walkthrough: Part III – Measures and Charts”

Assessment Dashboard in a Day Video Walkthrough: Part II – Dimensions

Part I of this series covered the creation of a fact table on the way to creating a direct assessment dashboard/report in PowerBI.

Part II demonstrates how to create dimensions, including steps to enter data manually, get data from Excel files, and connect to a data warehouse.

Continue reading “Assessment Dashboard in a Day Video Walkthrough: Part II – Dimensions”

Assessment Dashboard in a Day Video Walkthrough: Part I – The Fact Table

An earlier post presented a conceptual overview of using Canvas Outcomes scores in PowerBI.  Today, we are presenting a four-part, step-by-step walkthrough detailing how to create a direct assessment dashboard/report in PowerBI.  These videos present a variety of options for each step and are meant to be adapted to fit each user’s needs.

The first video in the series covers the creation of the Fact Table using outcomes data exported from Canvas.

Continue reading “Assessment Dashboard in a Day Video Walkthrough: Part I – The Fact Table”