Modern Assessment Systems are part of the Mainstream Institutional Culture and involve every stakeholder, concurrently, in the development of a sustained culture of authentic evidence and tangible success.
Modern Assessment Systems encapsulate what individuals KNOW, how they THINK, and what they can DO, by calculating each Unit's contribution to a value-added whole. Authentic Learning environments come from a holistic evaluation system, and not from counting attributes of collected parts. Authentic Learning environments examine interactions among traits and environments, over time and across situations, to better understand how these interactions impact knowledge development.
Modern Assessment Systems clearly delineate the contribution of each unit to the development of an institution-wide Success Construct. Every node in the picture above is connected to every other node. Since they function as a whole, they should be evaluated as a whole!
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 data from the National Center for Education Statistics to develop outcome prediction models for colleges and universities. One of the strongest predictors in these models is a combination of aggregated fall-to-fall retention and six-year graduation rates. We call this composite a Persistence Success Score and have found that a minimum score of 150, when combined with other Key Performance Indicators, typically establishes a foundation (statistical and pragmatic significance) for sustained institutional growth and continuous improvement.
Since 2005, we have presented research at regional and national conferences germane to using a web-based multi-trait multi-method assessment system to develop Success Constructs in higher education. The culmination of these efforts was a paper at the 2019 SAIR Conference-- Deploying a Synergistic Collector Swarm.
The Synergistic Collector Swarm is a web-based data collection and information distribution platform utilizing a multi-trait/multi-method paradigm over time and across situations. The Swarm is a Contextualist-based, immersive web-based assessment system that builds an enduring Success Construct that improves retention and graduation outcomes. What can we design for your institution?