Evidence Informed Practice in Academic Affairs

by  Sarah Brennan, HEO Associate
Office of Academic Affairs

There are two exciting opportunities to be involved in activities related to academic assessment in the Division of Academic Affairs. First, as work to streamline our processes the Common Assignment Common Rubric initiative has been launched. The Provost is working with the chairs, assessment fellows, unit coordinators and course managers to help department faculty create a common assignment and common rubric for each course offered at the college. Dr. Allen Richman, Interim Dean of the Office of Planning, Assessment, and Institutional Research at Prince George Community College has accepted the invitation to work with small groups of faculty on Monday, October 17. These meetings will entail sharing assignment and rubric ideas, drafts, and tools to receive feedback and guidance from Dr. Richman. There are still a few time slots available if you and your faculty are interested in participating. All meetings must be confirmed in advance. The scheduling deadline is 5pm on Thursday, October 13.

Second, the implementation of these common assignments and common rubrics will create an enormous amount of data. Provost Mangino is working across the divisions as well as within the division to identify a software program that will improve, inform, and systematize the process for course and program-level assessment. We need your input as we explore the various online programs that align with our needs and have the ability to obtain meaningful data to inform curriculum, best practices, and student learning. On Wednesday, October 19 at 3:30pm in B115 the Office of Academic Affairs will host a meeting with one of these vendors, eLumen, which has been identified as a potential finalist in the search. Many faculty from across the division have already reserved their seat at this presentation. There is still space available for interested faculty and staff. All reservations must be received by 5pm on Monday, October 17.

To make your reservation or make inquiries, contact the Office of Academic Affairs at 718-518-6660 and reference the Dr. Richman visit or eLumen presentation. You can also send an email tosbrennan@hostos.cuny.edu.


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