Retreat on Core Competencies: Quantitative Reasoning and Assessment in Majors

Event Date: 
Thu, 10/02/2014 - 9:00am to Fri, 10/03/2014 - 2:30pm

  October 2-3, 2014 
Kellogg West Conference Center
Pomona, CA

This workshop is designed to support two institutional priorities: student learning within majors or professional programs , 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 show how to connect the two when appropriate. Teams will also have the opportunity to network with colleagues from other campuses and refine their 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 have the opportunity to develop concrete plans for addressing QR and assessment in majors at their institutions.

WSCUC workshops are specifically designed for institutional teams made up of two or more persons. Individuals are welcome, but sending a team will provide the greatest benefit, allowing the team to take advantage of the multiple, simultaneous break-out sessions.

This workshop is designed for 4-year institutions; it is not recommended for 2 year institutions.

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. Mention "WASC” or the Leader # 111497 to get our group rate. The deadline for booking rooms in the WASC room block is September 17, 2014 or while rooms are available.

Registration fee includes the workshop and materials, breaks, Thursday lunch and dinner, and Friday breakfast and lunch. 

Registration fees: $485 per team member.  After September 17, if space is available, late registration fee will be $510 per team member.  Graduate students are encouraged to participate and may register at a discounted price of $375 (late fee will be $400).

REGISTRATION DEADLINE:  September 17, 2014

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This educational program has been developed by national and regional experts and is offered as a service to WSCUC member institutions and others who wish to learn about good practices applicable to all institutions. It is entirely optional, and our hope is that member institutions will find it helpful. WSCUC staff will be present to answer questions related specifically to accreditation expectations.