Dear Deans and Chairs,
The goals of this program are three-fold: (a) provide assessment training opportunities for a cadre of graduate students who are interested in pursuing a career in higher education; (b) contribute to assessment culture and capacity building in the national landscape of higher education where trained graduate students acquire positions; and (c) provide funding in the form of a stipend ($2500) for graduate students to support program-level assessment efforts on campus. As part of this program, Graduate Student Fellows will be attending two half-day assessment training session in fall 2016, meet 6 times as a cohort during spring 2017, and engage in a program-level assessment project during spring 2017.
We are soliciting manageable program-level assessment projects, which students can engage in during the spring semester. The scope of the assessment support will be negotiated with the Graduate Student Fellow who will be assigned to your project and with the Center for Teaching and Learning staff. Students are expected to spend approximately 5 hours per week for the assessment project.
Sample Assessment Support & Projects
Recently, for example, as part of the academic program review process, the Department of Theater, Dance, and Performance Studies (TDPS) surveyed student opinion on the effectiveness of its undergraduate curriculum. The survey findings verified the strengths of the program (e.g., strong faculty and advising mentorship) and also opened up a dialogue on ways to make curricular and performance opportunities more accessible and inclusive of the diverse student population they serve. The student survey was made possible by the department chair and staff who were deeply engaged in the project, and was heavily supported by a TDPS PhD student who was trained by the CTL staff.
The scope of the assessment support will be negotiated with the Graduate Student Fellow who will be assigned to your project. Sample assessment project support may include one or more of the following types of assistance:
- Analyze syllabi and assignments to understand how research skills are threaded across curriculum
- Gather input from students, faculty, and other stakeholders to clarify/revise program-level student learning goals
- Conduct student (or alumni) surveys, focus groups, or interviews to inform curriculum improvement
- Evaluate the impact of a specific educational experience or practice on student learning in key upper-/lower-division courses
- Review sampled student performance in a capstone course and improve project requirements and assessment criteria.
The proposal requires that a designated senate faculty who is the assessment project lead become a mentor to oversee the assessment effort for the duration of the project period (preferably someone who is already involved in oversight of undergraduate or graduate curriculum). The Fellows will also be mentored by the Center for Teaching and Learning assessment consultant, Yukiko Watanabe.
Assessment Support Proposal (Due: September 21st)
Please fill out the assessment supoort request proposal online by Wednesday, September 21st, 2016: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/GSAF_SupportRequest
Before submitting the participation request, a senior consultant at CTL, Yukiko Watanabe (firstname.lastname@example.org), is available to consult with you to discuss your project’s scope and the assistance in-training students will be able to provide. If you have a graduate student who is a good fit for supporting your project, please encourage the student to apply for the Graduate Student Assessment Fellows Program (link: http://teaching.berkeley.edu/graduate-student-assessment-fellowship).