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What We Have Learned

Each June, CTW Ambassadors submit their annual reports on CTW in their programs.  As part of the CTW implementation process, each program was required to devise a plan for assessing their students work.  Most programs choose to use rubrics and focus on embedded assessment, but many have developed their own means of assessing the class, so in concert with the larger accreditation of their degree programs.

For a complete report of our findings in the 2008/2009, 2009/2010, and 2010/2011 AYs, see the links below.

 2010/2011 Assessment Report

2009/2010 Assessment Report

2008/2009 Assessment Report

The following tables were compiled by the Director for Academic Assessment and were based on the narrative portions of CTW Ambassadors’ annual reports.

Achievements

(Faculty sometimes report more than one achievement)

Student Improvements 24 48%
Faculty Training 14 28%
Revised Rubrics 13 26%
Add/drop or Revised Course 8 16%
Revised Assignments 8 16%
Hired new Instructors 4 8%
Increased Discussion Among CTW Instructors 3 6%
Improved Data Collection 2 4%

Assessment

Improved Critical Writing and Analysis 14 28%
Improved Critical Thinking and Argumentation 14 28%
Can’€™t Assess/Not Enough Data 12 24%
Improved Drafts and Revisions 5 10%
No Improvement/Skills Still Unacceptable 3 6%
Improved Structure and Organization of Papers 3 6%
Improved Synthesizing Information from Sources 3 6%
Students are more Confident in CTW Skills 2 4%
No Answer 2 4%

Needs

 

Refine Assignments

15

30%

Change Rubrics

9

18%

Balance CTW instructor€™s workloads

6

12%

More faculty participation and coordination

5

10%

More workshops with instructors and ambassadors

4

8%

Norming of all classes

4

8%

Changes to course content

4

8%

None

4

8%

Overall Impact

More Faculty Discussion

14

28%

Student Improvement

7

14%

Changes to Program

4

8%

Improved Assignments

3

6%

None

2

4%

Action Plans

Revise Assessment Criteria 13 26%
More Faculty Training 10 20%
Revise Rubrics 9 18%
Revise Course 5 10%
Change Program 3 6%
Work to Norm Grading 2 4%
Improve Data Collection 2 4%

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