Minutes Learning Evidence Team December 12, 2007 Members Present:

Learning Evidence Team
December 12, 2007
Members Present: Philip Bishop, Anastasia Bojanowski, Michael Bosley, Roberta Brown, Jenelle
Conner, Aida Diaz, Suzette Dohany (co-chair), Kurt Ewen (co-chair), Ed Holmes, Maryke Lee,
Melissa Pedone, and Joseph Sarrubbo
General Education Outcomes Update
A survey went to 330 (all tenure/tenure-track) faculty for vote. Cultural and Historical
Understanding was the most debated of the outcomes as it was thought to be too narrow until
wording was changed so that it is now more broad. The social science faculty was most concerned
with this outcome. It is likely that the outcomes will be approved and added to the fall 2009 catalog.
Communicate Report (change from agenda)
There will be a Written Communication assessment in the spring. A random sample of Composition
1 papers will be selected from the courses participating (85% participation). The IRB approved
waiver/student consent form will be inserted into syllabi for spring courses. Three semesters of
papers will be gathered and scored.
For Oral Communication, a draft for the project has been developed (attached). The question being
raised: Is the Oral Communicate rubric a useful tool for faculty who don’t teach speech, to use and
assess oral communication? For the working course, part I can be taken without continuing with
part II and III, but no other part can be taken without taking all parts. It would be nice if the WebCT
course could be accessed through a link on the website once developed. The face to face portion of
the course will be optional. There is potential for 15-17 professional development credits attached to
this course. A Student Success faculty member may be asked to co-facilitate. Part III will need the
participation or work of the Standard of Evidence Team and IRB approval.
7-8 samples from faculty Gordon Rule courses have been collected, but still awaiting samples from
Osceola. There are some widespread differences. A common format for review has been shaped.
To avoid a too much variety in the writing samples it might be best to create a set of fairly
standardized assignments for faculty to use with an added narrative of explanation and such that it
would allow for both those who have assignments to simply modify and those who need an
Think Report
A set of questions has been sent for review and more work will be done to develop a manageable set
of questions/parameters to measure quantitative reasoning.
Learning Assessment Committee
As approved by all major teams and committees at the college, the Learning Assessment Committee
is now established as a standing committee under the Learning Council, parallel to the Curriculum
Committee. It will be populated in the spring by learning support, library staff, faculty and other
areas. They will plan and present a decision tree or process for implementing offsite reviews/onsite
reviews for grant, showing that LAC has two homes in Academic Affairs and Student Affairs.
Two tracks have been proposed with each being one of the new General Education Learning
Outcomes: Information Literacy and Ethical Responsibility. Participants will use a chart to develop
a track to follow with indicators and assessability for building into fall courses. At the end of
Destinations, there should be greater clarity and understanding of the two Gen Ed outcomes and
implementing them in courses by fall. We’re currently recruiting two people for each piece as
success coaches.
LET will co-sponsor Destinations with the Assessment Office, who will pay stipends. We’re
looking for help in planning during the spring for the anticipated 20 participants and 2 leaders (10
participants per track). The tracks may be titled “Target Action Research” and may be partnered with
the LinC program.
There will also be a “SAS program” at Destinations as SAS is replacing Cognos.
Document Decisions and Agreements
The next LET meeting will be held on January 16, 2008 at 2:30 p.m. on East Campus.