Missouri State University - West Plains

Cross-Cutting Strategy: Culture of Student Learning and Institutional Effectiveness

Missouri State University-West Plains puts students first by making students the central focus of academic and administrative functions; therefore, the campus will adopt assessment and evaluation as the shared basis of action regarding teaching, learning, support services and administrative functions. Student learning is measured through a formal plan of assessment; likewise, the effectiveness of the institution is measured through a formal evaluation of its administrative functions with continual improvement being the overall objective.

Objective 1. Continue the cycle of evaluation for administrative department effectiveness

Tactics:

1a. Compile a yearly progress report from each administrative department that informs process improvements, budget requests and personnel decisions.

1b. Establish quarterly meetings with administrative department heads to review evaluation progress

1c. Review process for evaluation of administrative department effectiveness

1d. Provide formal structure for Business Process Analysis to identify and redesign inefficient processes within and across departments

Targets/Accountability:

2016 Target: 100% of departments will complete the annual SAADE report each year (AC).

2016 Target: Deliver summary report to Admin Council and use outcomes in revision/updating of LRP and for self-study plan and to act on recommendations (AC).

Objective 2. Assess developmental education

Tactic:

2a. Create a multi-pronged methodology for assessing developmental education that includes readiness, persistence, success in the course sequence and skill transfer into related courses.

Targets/Accountability:

2013 Target: Generate methodology for assessment and results; develop metrics for persistence, readiness and skill transfer (DDE, ID, DAA, AA).

Objective 3. Close the feedback loop of student learning assessment

Tactics:

3a. Assess learning objectives on the course, departmental and institutional level and send them to the division chairs as well as discuss them within the department

3b Standardize assessment plans across the course sections and link general education learning objectives to course, division and institutional assessment processes and then discuss these with the various departments

Targets/Accountability:

2016 Target: Increase faculty involvement and leadership in culture of assessment by providing quarterly reports to peers on assessment strategies, desired outcomes, including Gen Ed goals (DAA, AA, IR, DDE).

Tactic:

3c. Collect and analyze assessment data and report results to the Dean, the Assessment Committee, the department heads and the campus at large.

Targets/Accountability:

2016 Target: Division chairs analysis of assessment data will be used to refine important aspects of teaching/learning and as a metric to revise and update student-learning outcomes. (DAA, AA, IR, DDE).

Tactic:

3d. Purchase and implement an assessment management system with e-portfolio capabilities

Targets/Accountability:

2015 Target: Pursuant to the Title III grant, 300 students will utilize e-portfolios (IR, DAA, AA, DDE).

Objective 4. Refine the overall student learning assessment plan

Tactic:

4a. Complete the learning assessment plan so that it includes direct/indirect course embedded assessment, student portfolio assessment, standardized testing and assessment in the capstone courses.

Targets/Accountability:

2016 Target: Conduct annual reviews of student learning outcomes, including adapting/adding to student learning outcomes as appropriate, align changing core general education requirements of Missouri State University-West Plains with the educational goals of the total University system and ensure that learning goals are consistent across all modes of delivery and all locations. (DAA, AA, IR, DDE).

Tactic:

4b. Assist the China campus in developing and implementing its assessment plan

Targets/Accountability:

2016 Target: Interface academic units between the campuses (Missouri State University-West Plains and Dalian) and have them review aspects of assessment, curriculum development, learning outcomes and pedagogies (DAA, AA, IR, DDE)

Objective 5. Promote understanding of assessment activities through regular communication

Tactic:

5a. Institute annual planning days for each department

Targets/Accountability:

2013 Target: Initiate more concise academic calendar with yearly benchmarks linked to culture of assessment, program development and review by faculty committees (DAA, AC, AA, IR, DDE).

Tactic:

5b. Institute biennial planning days with counterparts on Springfield campus

Targets/Accountability:

2013 Target: Put Action Plan into place in collaboration with Provost and Deans of Springfield campus; continue as part of the overall Collaborative University initiative of systemic institutional progress- focus on improving transfer and articulation agreements and course/program consistency (DAA, AC, AA, IR, DDE).

Tactic:

5c. Ensure that assessment plan is fully understood by faculty – full-time and per-course

Targets/Accountability:

2016 Target: Annual assessment over view as part of faculty orientation session at beginning of year; also part of all per course annual orientations- benchmark assessment progress towards institution–wide culture of assessment; review annual academic assessment goals/SLOs (DAA, AA, IR, DDE)

Tactic:

5d. Inform faculty senate on a regular basis about assessment activities

  • Include a section on assessment rubrics and progress reports in the Academic Affairs newsletter
  • Continue report assessment activity to FS monthly and in annual report

Targets/Accountability:

2016 Target: Starting 2012, deliver through regular quarterly editions of D’AA News and other venues (DAA, AA, IR, ID, DDE).

2016 Target: Report with prior academic year assessment activity and recommendations presented to faculty senate annually at beginning of each academic year (AA, DAA).

Tactic:

5e. Share CLA, CAAP and CCSSE results each fall with campus community

Targets/Accountability:

2016 Target: Produce annual institutional research report to campus (IR, DAA, AA).