Retreat on Core Competencies: Quantitative Reasoning and Assessment in Majors

Event Date: 
Thu, 10/24/2013 - 9:00am to Fri, 10/25/2013 - 4:00pm

  October 24-25, 2013 
Kellogg West Conference Center
Pomona, CA

This workshop is designed to support two institutional priorities: student learning within majors, and quantitative reasoning as a university-wide learning goal.

Assessment of outcomes in majors and professional fields can be challenging, particularly when conventional assessment methods do not seem to match the sophistication of faculty goals for graduates. And most institutions recognize that quantitative reasoning (QR) is an important learning goal, yet it is often elusive in terms of definition and practice.

This workshop will assist teams in choosing appropriate assessment approaches for both majors and quantitative reasoning; creating meaningful assessment plans; setting expectations for performance; and ensuring that efforts ultimately improve student learning and success.

Through keynote addresses, breakout sessions, team mentoring, and a rich array of resources, facilitators Susan Elrod and Jennifer Lindholm, will expose participants to state-of-the-art practices in both assessment of majors and quantitative reasoning, and teach how to connect the two when appropriate. Teams will also have the opportunity to network with colleagues from other campuses and refine their action plans.

Three overarching questions frame the workshop curriculum:

  1. What are you trying to achieve?
  2. How will you know when you've achieved it?
  3. What will you do to get where you want to go?

Specific topics to be addressed include establishing readily measurable learning outcomes; engaging students and faculty in new approaches to learning and teaching, especially in interdisciplinary settings; taking into account institutional, departmental, and disciplinary cultures; ensuring sustainability of efforts; and communicating with diverse audiences, including accreditors. Teams will leave the workshop with concrete plans for addressing QR and assessment in majors at their institutions.

WASC workshops are specifically designed for institutional teams made up of two or more persons. We will accept individuals, but they should understand that sending a team will provide the greatest benefit, not only for the project, but to take advantage of the multiple, simultaneous break-out sessions.

Kellogg West Conference Center, located on the Cal Poly Pomona campus is offering WASC workshop participants a discounted room rate of $89, plus tax occupancy fee. Participants are responsible for their own hotel reservations. To reserve rooms, contact the conference center at 909-869-2222. You must identify yourself as a participant in the "WASC - Western Association of Schools and Colleges " workshop to secure the discounted rate. The deadline for booking rooms in the WASC room block is October 2, 2013 or while rooms are available.

This workshop is designed for 4 year colleges and universities; it is not recommended for 2 year institutions.

Registration fee includes the workshop, Thursday lunch, Friday breakfast and lunch.  Please note that Thursday dinner is not included.

Registration fees: $485 per team member. After October 2, if space is available, late registration fee will be $500 per team member.


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This educational program is offered as a service to WASC member institutions and others who wish to learn about good practices applicable to all institutions. It is entirely optional. Upon request, facilitators will refer participants to WASC staff who can answer questions related to WASC accreditation expectations.