The Tilford Multi-Cultural Competencies define Knowledge Learning as Awareness and understanding needed to live and work in a diverse world. Knowledge of:
- Cultural Self — The ability to understand one’s ethnic identity and how it influences identity development.
- Diverse Ethnic Groups — Knowledge of diverse ethnic groups and their cultures.
- Social/Political/Economic/Historical Frameworks — Awareness of how social, political, economic and historical issues impact race and ethnic relations in the world.
- Changing Demographics — Understanding population dynamics related to ethnic minority and majority citizens.
- Diversity Implications for Career — Understanding how diversity impacts the academic discipline, career and professional development.
Too often data from assessments of General Education Outcomes (knowledge, oral and written communication, critical thinking, diversity, professional integrity) are ignored or simply not used other than proving the assessment was done. Kansas State University expects programs to define how the undergraduate learning outcomes align and are demonstrated by students in their programmatic area. Assessment results are collected annually and should be reviewed by programs demonstrating competency that is foundational for many programmatic expectations. A number of programs have used assessment results to transform their curriculum to enhance these important skills. The Office of Assessment can assist programs in using their data to understand student needs and discover what it can mean for teaching and learning.
The purpose of assessment is not administering an assessment task and measure, but analyzing, reporting, and making decisions that could lead to improvement. Again, if faculty are using course-embedded assessments, they’re already collecting evidence. Be sensitive to the extra work of aggregating, analyzing, and reporting. Do all you can to keep the burden of this extra work to a bare-bones minimum and make everyone’s jobs as easy possible.
Part IV finishes the report by formatting charts and adding final touches.
Part III begins the process of creating the report, including the creation of measures and charts.
Part II demonstrates how to create dimensions, including steps to enter data manually, get data from Excel files, and connect to a data warehouse.