During the month of June, The Center for Assessment & Research Studies, with the support of University Programs, hosts a summer fellowship program where faculty and administrators from across campus can come to learn about Assessment in a focused environment. The program is lead by Assessment Specialists, and Graduate Student Consultants within CARS. The program typically ranges from 2-4 weeks and has evolved in structure over the years to best accommodate the training needs of the University. The current model is as follows:

Assessment 101

The first week of the Assessment Fellows program is a five-day, interactive workshop where participants from the academic colleges, student affairs, and libraries will learn about and practice every component of the assessment process. The workshop sessions will include everything from writing student learning outcomes, mapping the curriculum, and creating instruments, to analyzing data, reporting results and using results. This workshop is ideal for those relatively new to assessment practices.

Group Projects

The second week of the Assessment Fellows program is intended for groups of faculty and staff from the same, or similar departments, who are working on a common assessment project. Three types of projects are supported through the program. Accepted projects would be those that are centered on the following:

1)      Writing or revamping student learning outcomes

2)      Developing or refining assessment instruments

3)      Building a unit or college level assessment infrastructure

Groups will work in a hands-on setting with assessment consultants from the Center for Assessment and Research Studies, including graduate and doctoral assistants in the Assessment & Measurement PhD program, and the Psychological Sciences MA program. The consultants in CARS will work with each group to help identify resources that will best suit the needs of their project, and will work with them throughout the week to accomplish their primary assessment goals. At the conclusion of the week, groups will be expected to implement these projects within their program, unit, or college. Continued support of these assessment efforts beyond the Assessment Fellowship will be provided through the PASS and SASS offices within CARS. This session is ideal for faculty and staff who have some prior assessment experience and are looking for support in expanding and improving their current assessment practices.

Fellows are nominated by their Dean or Department Head and those names are sent to the Executive Director of the Center for Assessment & Research Studies. Additionally, there are honorariums associated with the Assessment Fellows program that are awarded based on the length and time of participation. Unfortunately, 12-month faculty are not eligible for additional compensation, but we encourage the departments to work out a form of appreciation for the individuals time within their own colleges.

If you are interested in participating in one, or both of the Assessment Fellows opportunities, please contact your Dean or Department Head. Typically one to two nominees are accepted from each college per year for the Assessment 101 week; and a limited number of groups are accepted to ensure that we can deliver quality consultation and attention to each project.

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