Modern Assessment Systems are part of the Mainstream Institutional Culture and involve every stakeholder concurrently in developing a sustained culture of authentic evidence and tangible success.
Modern Assessment Systems encapsulate what students KNOW, how they THINK, and what they can DO by calculating each Unit's contribution to a value-added Whole.
Modern Assessment Systems delineate the contribution of each Unit to the development of an institution-wide Success Construct. Every node in the picture above connects to every other node and evaluates best as a whole.
Tangential evaluation process that assesses departments and offices as free-standing units. Reports with tables and charts describe static events with conclusions not linked to analysis.
The solution is an integrated evaluation system forming the foundation of an institutional information ecosystem. This dynamic ecosystem views ALL departments, offices, and auxiliaries as One interconnected System whose outcomes are explicable only by reference to the whole institution.
Students, parents, and federal agencies are focusing on the importance of Return On Investment (ROI). Regional and national accreditors emphasize the importance of methodology, statistical analysis, and continuous improvements based on data. ROI is a tangible concept.
We have experience with the following regional and national agencies:
SACSCOC: Southern Association of Colleges and Schools--Commission on Colleges
NCATE: National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education [CAEP]
CSWE: Council on Social Work Education
NASW: National Association of Social Workers
ARC-PA: Accreditation Review Commission on Education for the Physician Assistant
ATS: Association of Theological Schools in the United States and Canada
CAAHEP: Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs—
Since 2007, we have used the National Center for Education Statistics data to develop outcome prediction models for colleges and universities. One of the strongest predictors is a combination of aggregated fall-to-fall retention and six-year graduation rates. We call this composite a Persistence Success Score. Combined with other Key Performance Indicators, we have found that a minimum score of 150 establishes a foundation (statistical and pragmatic significance) for institutional planning and growth.
Since 2005, we have presented research at regional and national conferences on using a web-based multi-trait, multi-method assessment system to develop Success Constructs in higher education. These efforts culminated in a paper at the 2019 SAIR conference-- Deploying a Synergistic Collector Swarm.
The Synergistic Collector Swarm is a cloud-based data collection and information distribution platform utilizing a multi-trait/multi-method paradigm over time and across situations. The Swarm is a Contextualist-focused, immersive, cloud-based assessment system that builds an enduring Success Construct. It improves retention and graduation outcomes. Accreditation and Compliance are serious matters, and we can help you put your results into the proper context.