W8 - The VALUE of Learning – Assessment as a High Impact Practice
High Impact Practices are characterized by several quality dimensions. The VALUE (Valid Assessment of Learning in Undergraduate Education) rubric approach to assessing student learning was built around these dimensions, and on the belief that assessment can and must produce information to improve student learning. This presentation involves a mini-calibration session using student work samples as a foundational entry point into exploring how assessment can enhance both pedagogy and learning through what we assign students to do in curricular, co-curricular and extra-curricular experiences. Participants will leave with ideas about how to approach assessment as a High Impact Practice for faculty, and about teaching and learning results that engage students in higher order learning by providing practice in demonstrating proficiency around essential learning outcomes connected to success in education, employment, and life.
Terry Rhodes received his B.A. from Indiana University at Bloomington and his M.A. and Ph.D. in Political Science from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Before moving into national higher education work, he was a faculty member for twenty-five years. Dr. Rhodes is currently Vice President for the Office of Quality, Curriculum and Assessment at the Association of American Colleges and Universities (AAC&U) where he focuses on the quality of undergraduate education, access, general education, and assessment of student learning. He is also the executive director of the Valid Assessment of Learning in Undergraduate Education (VALUE) project, and director of the annual AAC&U General Education Institute.