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Faculty Involvement

The Importance of Faculty Involvement

As an educator, understanding how students are grasping concepts within a program should be a primary concern. Implementing backward design into a course is a useful way to ensure that students are learning effectively. Backward design is a concept developed by Grant Wiggins and Jay McTighe that encourages faculty to recognize program learning goals before developing assignments and instructional design. By doing this, instructors are routinely reminded of the purpose for students to grasp concepts in the course and will evidently ease the process of creating assignments and planning instruction methods thereafter.

This process will also make it easier to conduct program assessment and will lead to stronger, more conclusive results. Collecting assessment data informs faculty of student performance and results in evidence to support curricular and other programmatic improvements, so it is important that assessment directly connects to the program goals.

Below are helpful tips for faculty to understand how they can help with assessment at each institutional level:

At the school level:

  • Follow updates on the AACSB Continuous Improvement Review process that happens every five years

At the program level:

  • Communicate with program chairs to understand curriculum maps to clarify where outcomes are introduced, developed, mastered
  • If you see your course at the mastery level on the map, ensure that you have an assignment that addresses the program learning outcome

At the course level:

  • Align student learning outcomes on your syllabus with program learning outcomes
  • Encourage students to understand why they are asked to do certain assignments and remind them of the program learning outcomes

How Faculty are Chosen to Assess

 Step 1: Assessment Team Identifies Potential Assessment Courses

The assessment team refers to the assessment plan and curriculum map to understand which instructors can potentially assess for the current term

 Step 2: Mastery Level Courses have Priority

Courses that show mastery of a particular outcome in the curriculum map are given special attention because assessment is normally done at this level

 Step 3: Assessment Team Contacts Instructors

After instructors are identified, the assessment team cc's the Program Chair asks identified instructors to conduct assessment in their courses

 Step 4: Assessment Team and Instructor Plan for Assessment

The instructor responds to either agree to do assessment or to either create a new assignment to address the outcome or identify another outcome and assignment to assess

 Step 5: Assessment is Created in System

The assessment team then creates the assessment in our Assessment Management System and notifies the instructor that they are set up to assess