Stanford’s Student Affairs office has been busy this year with a variety of assessment and evaluation projects. The establishment of the Assessment Coordination Committee in 2009 furthered the objective of creating a culture of assessment within Student Affairs and encouraged the use of primary data, collected internally, to inform decision-making in program management and strategic planning. The committee worked diligently over the past year to evaluate the performance of programs and policies, and to implement evaluation studies.
Stanford University was one seven grant recipients awarded a $35,000 training grant from the Teagle Foundation to address graduate school teaching in the arts and sciences. Other grant recipients included Columbia, Cornell, Harvard, Northwestern, Princeton, and University of California at Berkley. The grant will fund a 15- month project led by faculty member Russell Berman of German Studies and Jenny Bergeron from IR&DS. (more…)
Stanford faculty, assisted by Jenny Bergeron of IR&DS, are working to create mission statements for their academic programs that will appear in the Stanford Bulletin in the 2009-2010 academic year. While many programs created mission statements for the 2008-09 Bulletin, many had not yet done so and IR&DS is stepping forward to help. (more…)
As reported in the previous newsletter, in June IR&DS embarked upon a search to fill a new position, Manager of Assessment and Program Evaluation. As a reminder, the function of this position is to assess what our students learn and how well our programs accomplish what they set out to do. Assessment and Program Evaluation will help us fulfill our obligations to WASC for accreditation, and promulgate best practices for assessment throughout the university. (more…)