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Faculty Spotlight: Don Kurtz

Dr. Don Kurtz, associate professor of social work, is no stranger to the work of assessment. At the start of his day, he had already had a meeting with faculty on evaluative measures.

The environment in the social work program is a collaborative one. “All of our professors are committed to (evaluation),” said Kurtz. Many in the program, including Kurtz, have taken on AAC&U VALUE Rubrics, available here. Kurtz has used the rubrics in a variety of ways: to monitor discussion boards, by adapting them to assess a written assignment, and to save time. Especially in large, online courses, Kurtz said the benefits of rubrics are extremely advantageous.

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New Office of Assessment Video Highlights Importance of Faculty Work

K-State’s Division of Communications and Marketing has recently created an informational video of the Office of Assessment you can view here.

This video contains faculty testimonies and the resources available at the Office of Assessment. Many will recognize the familiar faces on campus; professors from the College of Human Ecology, Journalism and Mass Communications, and K-State Polytechnic all make an appearance.

Additionally, the video highlights the value of the assessment work that programs are currently doing. In benefiting the department, assessment work also brings K-State closer to the 2025 goal.

We hope you enjoy the video and will check out our Twitter and blog page for more examples of faculty work in assessment.

Celebrate the New Year and Say #YesToAssess

K-State’s Division of Communications and Marketing has recently compiled faculty testimonies and the resources available at the Office of Assessment into a promotional video you can view here.

In celebrating the new year, the Office of Assessment has also taken time to reflect on the work accomplished in 2016 to further the goals of the K-State community.

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Plan to Attend the Annual Faculty Exchange for Teaching Excellence Workshop

The Teaching and Learning Center and Faculty Exchange for Teaching Excellence will present “Teaching Critical Thinking to College Students within the Logic of One’s Own Discipline.” on January 27th. The annual teaching workshop is designed to examine critical thinking and how it is used in higher education.

Fred Burrack, Director of Assessment, will begin the day with a brief presentation on what we know about Critical Thinking at K-State. Dr. Gerald Nosich, author of Learning to Think Things Through: A Guide to Critical Thinking Across Curriculum is the main workshop speaker.

Registration is open. This event will take place Friday, January 27 from 8:30 a.m. – 4 p.m. at the Alumni Center. We hope to see you there!

 

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Faculty Spotlight: Phillip Payne

Learning the ropes of teaching is no easy task. Each future teacher will bring his or her own unique perspective to the classroom. Ensuring that everyone leaves K-State ready to put their skills to the test requires a very personalized curriculum. That’s where Dr. Phillip Payne, Assistant Professor of Music Education, comes in.

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Fall Senior Survey Begins November 16th

The Senior Survey will be sent out November 16th to seniors in undergraduate degree programs who have applied or been approved for graduation in the Fall semester.

The survey is designed to give students the opportunity to reflect upon their experiences and time at K-State. Results are used to improve the K-State experience for future students by identifying areas of strength and areas that need further development.

Prizes are available for students who complete the survey, including $15 K-State Student Union gift card, Alumni Association photography books, $15 K-State Campus Store gift card and Varsity donuts.

Senior Survey

Survey results of 1,718 seniors from 2015-2016 showed very positive results, including:

  • 96% of respondents reported that they had a very positive (56.7%) or positive (39.3%) experience at K-State.
  • 95.6% of respondents indicated that they definitely (68.9%) or probably (26.7%) would recommend K-State to others.
  • 71.6% of respondents have a job lined up (48.6%) or will attend graduate school (22.9%) upon graduation.
  • At least 94.9% of respondents felt that they made some or a lot of progress in:
    • ability to interact positively with people who are different from themselves
    • gaining a broad general education about different fields of knowledge
    • ability to think critically (analytically and logically)
    • understanding the ethical standards of their discipline or profession
    • understanding themselves – their abilities, interests, and personality
    • understanding of other people and their abilities, interests, and perspectives
    • ability to participate as a team member

The entire 2015-2016 survey can be found here.

Find more information about the Senior Survey can be found here.

Faculty Spotlight: Kristy Archuleta, Personal Financial Planning

Kristy Archuleta, Associate Professor in the Personal Financial Planning (PFP) program in the School of Family Studies and Human Services, is very familiar with assessment. The PFP program recently was recognized for outstanding work in assessment. Although she wrapped up undergraduate assessment for this year’s cycle only a few days ago, assessment continually remains on her mind.

Archuleta said there have been changes in how assessment tools are utilized. “We utilize (assessment) in a way in which we share with the faculty about how we can make changes to our degree program so that students can succeed in meeting our programs’ high standards,” said Archuleta. Continue reading “Faculty Spotlight: Kristy Archuleta, Personal Financial Planning”