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National Engagement Survey Results Highlighted During #NSSEWeek

The National Survey of Student Engagement, or NSSE (pronounced “nessie”) has been used to measure student engagement by four-year colleges and universities across the country since 2000. K-State administers this survey every three years to first-year and senior students. The survey was administered in spring 2016 and results are now available.

The Office of Assessment will be highlighting special segments of the 2016 NSSE results on Twitter October 24th – 28th. Follow the Office of Assessment on Twitter and join the fun with the hashtag #NSSEWeek.  Full results are available on the Office of Assessment NSSE website.


According to the NSSE website, “Student engagement represents two critical features of collegiate quality. The first is the amount of time and effort students put into their studies and other educationally purposeful activities. The second is how the institution deploys its resources and organizes the curriculum and other learning opportunities to get students to participate in activities that decades of research studies show are linked to student learning.”

View past NSSE results and learn more about the survey here.

Plan to Attend the 2016 Institute for Student Learning Assessment/Diversity Summit

The 2016 Institute for Student Learning Assessment/Diversity Summit will be held on November 3rd from 8 a.m. – 5 p.m. at the Student Union.

The event provides opportunities for students, faculty, and staff to learn about research and teaching practices that relate to diversity learning outcomes. Participants will hear how faculty across a variety of disciplines teach and assess diversity, how students and alumni view diversity education, and how students and faculty are approaching diversity topics in research.

Institute & Diversity SummitThe event includes a faculty panel on teaching diversity, a student panel on diversity perspectives, and a diversity research forum. The full schedule can be found here.

Faculty, staff, and students are all invited to attend and learn about the future of diversity at K-State. The summit is sponsored by the K-State Office of Diversity, Office of Assessment, Teaching and & Learning Center, Vice President for Research, and Dow Center for Multicultural and Community Studies at K-State Libraries.

More information about this event can be found here.

Interactive Assessment Data Workshops Available

The Office of Assessment is launching Interactive Assessment Dashboards this fall. The dashboards combine data from direAssessment Dashboard Wordmarkct assessments, surveys, and other sources to create dynamic views of data.

One-hour workshops will guide program assessment coordinators through using the interactive dashboard to get information to improve undergraduate programs.  Workshops are available on the following dates:

  • Oct 6 – 11:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m., 112 Leadership Studies Building
  • Oct 7 – 11:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m., 112 Leadership Studies Building
  • Oct 10 – 1:30 p.m. – 2:30 p.m., 112 Leadership Studies Building
  • Oct 11 – 11:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m., 112 Leadership Studies Building

No registration is required for the workshops.

Go to http://www.k-state.edu/assessment/surveys/dashboard/ for more information and to see a sample dashboard.

Additional sessions can be scheduled by contacting the Office of Assessment at assessment@ksu.edu.

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”