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This high level of use suggests that the Sawyer Library has made it convenient to use library resources from home. ” That is, hang out at home with the family. Then, once the children are in bed, log onto the library and do your course research work. By providing the proxy server, we are “changing” students’ lives by enabling them to be at home for family hour and then access the library to do their work without leaving home. However, this measure is indirect because there could be commitments other than family time; the life change is temporary (it only lasts for as long as they are students with access to the proxy server); and the proxy server is a means to the end, not the end in itself.
Third, faculty must assume ownership and responsibility for the plan and the underlying assessment program because it is the faculty who are directly involved in the process of student learning. 5 Still another document, Shaping Department Goals and Objectives for Assessment, defines and discusses the differences among goals, objectives, outcomes, and assessment. The reader is taken through a process of writing departmental goals and objectives, differentiating between “mastery” and “developmental” objectives.
Following are some examples: Conduct focus group interviews with students at different levels of the major to obtain student feedback on advising, courses, and curriculum. Develop a checklist and rating scale for expected knowledge and skills. Have three faculty use these tools to evaluate major works such as senior projects, theses, and dissertations. Although many of these undertakings receive an A grade, reviewing content for specific knowledge and skills may reveal areas that, although acceptable, are consistently below expectations.
An Action Plan for Outcomes Assessment in Your Library by Peter Hernon