CSU Los Angeles -- September 17, 2003
State L.A. Presentations Rated Highly at WASC Annual Meeting
Out of a total of almost 700 evaluations from individual sessions,
two Cal State L.A. presentations were among the most highly rated at
the 79th Annual Meeting of the Accrediting Commission for Senior Colleges
and Universities of the Western Association of Schools and Colleges
(WASC), held at the Hyatt Regency in Irvine, California.
The “General Education Assessment: Faculty Engagement in Multiple
Measures of Effectiveness” session was presented by Cal State
L.A. faculty members J. Theodore Anagnoson (Goleta, CA resident), professor
of political science, Robert Nakamura (Los Angeles resident), associate
professor of biological sciences, and Susan Cash (Riverside resident),
Acting Associate Vice President for Academic Affairs. This session described
the faculty role in assessing a large and diverse general education
program, the implementation of assessment measures, and the use of assessment
results to improve general education. Examples of multiple measures
and how results are used to improve the effectiveness of the program
“The Scorecard Approach: A Model for Creating Cultures of Evidence
and Bringing About Institutional Change” session was presented
by Tony Ross (South Pasadena resident), vice president of Student Affairs
at Cal State L.A., along with presenters from USC, Loyola Marymount
University and CSU Dominguez Hills. The session examined a promising
approach for creating cultures of evidence using teams of evidence gatherers/analyzers;
existing institutional data in a manner that serves as a diagnostic,
tactical, and strategic purpose; and a scorecard—a tool for measuring
progress towards achieving institutional objectives, particularly pertaining
to equitable and exceptional student outcomes.
The meeting, “Educational Effectiveness Moving From Dialogue To
Action,” played an important role in providing information about
the developments in policies and practices in accreditation review,
including communicating student learning outcomes, planning, distance
education, program review, educational technology, assessment, and other
matters related to educational effectiveness.
For more information on the WASC annual meeting, go to <http://www.wascweb.org/senior/annual.htm>.
The Western Association of Schools and Colleges (WASC) is a non-profit
corporation, encompassing three accrediting commissions: Accrediting
Commission for Schools; Accrediting Commission for Community and Junior
Colleges; and Accrediting Commission for Senior Colleges and Universities.
WASC was formed in 1962 to promote the welfare, interests, and development
of education in the Western Region. Its chief goals are to: promote
institutional engagement with issues of educational effectiveness and
student learning; develop a culture of evidence that informs decision-making;
and foster active interchange among public and independent institutions.
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