Showing posts with label WASC. Show all posts
Showing posts with label WASC. Show all posts

Wednesday, August 28, 2013

Succeeding With WASC’s New Institutional Review Process

A LiveText Success Symposium
November 6, 2013
Liberty Station Conference Center
San Diego, CA
9:30 am – 4:00 pm 
  • Discover:  Understand what the new IRP process means for faculty and the work they do in the classroom.
  • Learn:   Gain practical strategies from prominent institutions on how they implemented these changes.
  • Adapt:  Hear directly from WASC and other assessment experts how to adapt with the changes in the WASC institutional review process.
  • Connect:  Network with other leaders to gain a better understanding of how technology can assist your institution.
Join host, Maggie Bailey, Vice Provost for Program Development and Accreditation, Point Loma Nazarene University, and the following presenters:
Richard Osborn, Vice President, WASC Senior College and University Commission
Why WASC’s New Institutional Review Process Matters for Faculty and Students
Terrell Rhodes, Vice President for Quality, Curriculum, and Assessment, AAC&U’s
Using AAC&U's Learning Tools to Address Core Competencies
Cindy Larson, Dean, College of Business, Argosy University 
Relevant and Measurable Learning:  A Case for Competency-based Education in a New Era
Marilee Bresciani, Professor, Administration, Rehabilitation, and Post Secondary Education, San Diego State University
Institutional and Program Review Process
Joseph Hoey, Ed.D., Executive Vice President and Chief of Staff at Ashford University
Assessing the Creative Arts
Who should attend?
Chief Academic Officers, Deans, Department and Program Chairs, Assessment Directors and Coordinators, Institutional Research, Accreditation Liaison Officers (ALOs) and Curricular and Co-curricular Assessment Coordinators, Faculty who sit on Assessment Committees
Cost:$75 per person if pre-registered, $100 per person day of the event. 
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Sunday, April 14, 2013

2013 Academic Resource Conference San Diego California

The WASC Academic Resource Conference has ended as a positive success with new research and approaches being presented. The conference focused on new education models, student assessment, competency based education, and many other aspects of the modern educational experience. Academic administrators and leaders piled into the Hilton Hotel in San Diego between April 10th and 12th, 2013 to learn about the latest trends. 

Of interest at the conference were the results of a number of studies that included student assessment, preparedness of current students entering college, teaching values, and a push to graduate students within four years. These concepts fit well within the genre of the conference topics and provided some insight into some of the struggles that modern colleges face. 
The research on student preparedness indicated that a large percentage of students entering into college are unprepared for the academic work at the college level. Somewhere along the line public education failed to raise their skills to an adequate level. They were weak on math, reading, writing, and other basic skills forcing some colleges to provide remedial education to pick up their levels. Such students were at risk for dropping courses or becoming academic causalities when they couldn’t overcome the challenges.
In addition, a presentation on basic value systems and its assessment were included as one of the presentations. This assessment included a self-assessment and instructor assessment of student values such as integrity, leadership, honor, and other constructs. As a methodology I believe this is beneficial to teach students what these concepts are and encourage them to think of their career development upon that line. Today’s students become tomorrow’s managers and leaders and should have developed the right personality characteristics.
Furthermore, modern analytics and software are used in student assessments that encourage better levels of learning performance. These new assessment tools are used to help encourage growth and development across a number of different vantage points. Colleges, who feel the economic crunch, are seeking ways to encourage stronger and more accurate learning assessment to justify their approaches and societal value. 

Hosted at the Hilton San Diego Bay Front the facilities offered an
amazing view of the bay where ships of every type make their way to port. Coast guard cutters, military battleships, private yachts, and sail boats all come in for docking, supplies, and maintenance. From the upper floors of the Hilton one can see a great distance and get a pretty nice view of maritime happenings and ocean front.

The Hilton hosts a number of restaurants which include Bay Breeze,  Fox Sports Grill, Odysea, Vela, Starbucks, Sweet Things, and more.  There is enough variety to satisfy just about any need. For conferences the hotel offers over 1,100 rooms, wi-fi, and plenty of conference room. Staff are well trained and willing to provide excellent service, directions, or help. You may view the hotel at