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Author: Margaret Stanton

Faculty Spotlight: Anne Phillips, English

Anne Phillips, Professor of English, is quick to remind people that assessment in the English department is far from a one person job. Her coworkers are more than happy to work together to create measurable results. “I have the best colleagues in the world,” said Phillips.

There is a huge sense of community within the English department, which carries over into assessment work. Phillips, Naomi Wood, Director of Undergraduate Studies, Department Head Karin Westman, and the Undergraduate Advisory Committee were the driving force behind creating ENGL 698, the capstone course. Wood and Instructor Anna Goins played an instrumental role in the department’s discussion-based student learning outcome, which reads, “Participate in discussions by listening to others’ perspectives, asking productive questions, and articulating original ideas.” Wood and Goins utilized oral examinations to meet this outcome, but Phillips said other methods have included online message boards, or Associate Professor Kimball Smith’s approach which involves tracking how often students speak in class. Continue reading “Faculty Spotlight: Anne Phillips, English”

Diversity Research Forum Call for Proposals

Institute for Student Learning Assessment and Diversity Summit WordmarkThe Institute for Student Learning and Assessment, in collaboration with the Diversity Summit, will host a Diversity Research Forum on Thursday, November 3rd in the Student Union. The forum will provide opportunities for students, faculty, and staff to learn about research and teaching practices that relate to diversity learning outcomes.

Proposals to participate in the Research Forum are encouraged from from students, faculty, and staff. Topics could include diversity in and beyond K-State, exploration of cultures from a unique viewpoint, applied research in student learning, engagement, or achievement or diversity teaching strategies.

The application deadline is October 3rd. applicants will be notified of their status by October 10th. Submit a proposal.

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K-State Receives Excellence in Assessment Designation

Sustained Excellence in Assessment DesignationKansas State University was one of ten universities recognized with the Excellence in Assessment Designation. The EIA Designation is co-sponsored by the Voluntary System of Accountability (VSA), the National Institute for Learning Outcomes Assessment (NILOA) and the Association of American Colleges and Universities (AAC&U). The EIA Designation recognizes institutions for their efforts in intentional integration of campus-level learning outcomes assessment focusing on campus processes and uses of assessment outcomes, rather than on student performance or accomplishment. Continue reading “K-State Receives Excellence in Assessment Designation”