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Title: The Role of Collaboration in Assessing Student Learning within Student Affairs


1
The Role of Collaboration in Assessing Student
Learning within Student Affairs
  • Marilee J. Bresciani, Ph.D.
  • Professor, Postsecondary Education and
  • Co-Director of the Center for Educational
    Leadership, Innovation, and Policy
  • San Diego State University
  • 3590 Camino Del Rio North
  • San Diego, California, U.S.A.
  • 619-594-8318
  • Marilee.Bresciani_at_mail.sdsu.edu

2
Constituents
  • 1 one who authorizes another to act as agent
    principal
  • 2 a member of a constituency
  • 3 an essential part component, element
  • http//www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/constitu
    ents

3
Who are the constituents for learning in your
program?
4
Questions to Consider (Bresciani, Moore Gardner,
Hickmott, 2009)
  • How do I influence student learning?
  • Is it through the education of my colleagues?
  • Of faculty?
  • Of parents?
  • Of community participants?

5
How best can you collaborate with your
constituents to evaluate the learning?
  • How about collaboration with those who assist you
    in designing and delivering the learning
    opportunity?

6
The IterativeSystematicAssessment
CycleAdapted from Peggy Maki, Ph.D. by
Marilee J. Bresciani, Ph.D.
Gather Data
Interpret Evidence
Mission/Purposes Goals Outcomes
Implement Methods to Deliver Outcomes and Methods
to Gather Data
Make decisions to improve programs enhance
student learning and development inform
institutional decision- making, planning,
budgeting, policy, public accountability
7
Should your constituents be(Bresciani, Moore
Gardner, Hickmott, 2009)
  • Articulating the learning outcomes?
  • Assisting you in the design of learning
    opportunities?
  • Facilitating the student learning?
  • Identifying the methods/tools to evaluate the
    learning?

8
Should your constituents be(Bresciani, Moore
Gardner, Hickmott, 2009)
  • Identifying the criteria that accompanies the
    methods/tools?
  • Gathering evidence?
  • Interpreting results?
  • Writing the report?

9
Should your constituents be(Bresciani, Moore
Gardner, Hickmott, 2009)
  • Disseminating the results?
  • Assisting with writing the action plan to improve
    the learning?
  • Providing resources for improving the learning?

10
Should your constituents be(Bresciani, Moore
Gardner, Hickmott, 2009)
  • Intervening on policy discussions?
  • Assisting with the external review?
  • Comparison of results?
  • What else?

11
What are strategies for promoting collaboration?
12
Strategies for Collaboration(Bresciani, Moore
Gardner, Hickmott, 2009)
  • Check your ego at the door

13
Strategies, Cont.(Bresciani, Moore Gardner,
Hickmott, 2009)
  • Provide professional development for student
    affairs professionals to learn
  • cooperation and collaboration skills
  • how to apply the learning and development
    theories that undergird their work
  • how to assess the intended learning and
    development outcomes
  • how to interpret data and use of it to inform
    decisions, recommendations, and resource
    re-allocations

14
Strategies for Collaboration, Cont.(Bresciani,
Moore Gardner, Hickmott, 2009)
  • Review hiring practices and performance
    evaluations to determine whether collaboration is
    indeed a part of the hiring criteria and used as
    a component in performance reviews, promotions,
    and rewards
  • Seek first to understand, than to be understood
    (Covey, 1979)

15
Strategies for Collaboration, Cont.(Bresciani,
Moore Gardner, Hickmott, 2009)
  • Be mindful of how your thoughts translate into
    your words and actions
  • Provide the motivation for faculty to engage in
    collaborative projects
  • Develop collective goals, rather than presenting
    your goals to faculty
  • Commit the time to do the work successfully
    (e.g., collaboration)

16
Strategies for Collaboration, Cont.(Bresciani,
Moore Gardner, Hickmott, 2009)
  • De-personalize feedback through inquiry
  • Build formal structures that reward and support
    collaboration that will sustain beyond
    personalities and informal relationships
  • Involve students

17
Which strategies for collaboration can you
readily adopt at your institution?
  • Which ones do you want to plan to work on?
  • -3 months from now
  • 6 months from now
  • - a year from now

18
Report Out
19
Questions?
  • Marilee.Bresciani_at_mail.sdsu.edu

20
One Minute Evaluation
  • What is the most valuable lesson that you learned
    from this session?
  • What is one question that you still have?

21
References
  • Bresciani, M. J., Gardner, M. M., Hickmott, J.
    (2009). Demonstrating student success in student
    affairs. Sterling, VA Stylus Publishing.
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