campus partner(s)

The College of Wooster

Denison University

Kenyon College

Oberlin College

and Ohio Wesleyan University






Outcomes and Assessment

award date


project director

Iain Crawford

The College of Wooster

Grant Summary

$25,000 over 12 months. A year-long program entitled Introducing Value Added Assessment will have as key elements the hiring of an assessment expert to work as a consortial consultant and workshop coordinator, and the convening of two assessment workshops in 2005-2006. The first workshop will bring together faculty and administrators from the five institutions to:

  • Discuss how we measure the apparently least measurable aspects of a liberal arts education (critical thinking, critical writing; problem-solving abilities, using multiple methodologies, etc.)
  • Review the status of assessment on each of the campuses;
  • Brainstorm strategies that increase faculty engagement in assessment;
  • Hear from outside experts.

An assessment consultant will be invited to focus discussions and provide feedback on campus assessment plans. Some of the questions the collaborative intends to address are:

  • How can they determine the "starting point" of their incoming students?
  • What qualitative and quantitative data allow for comparisons from students' admission to and graduation from college?
  • How can they encourage faculty to be engaged in assessment?
  • What feedback mechanisms exist for institutional change?
  • What assessment tools might work best in their particular environments for longitudinal studies?

A second workshop will gather faculty from history and the social sciences, mathematics and sciences, and fine arts and the humanities, along with the collaborative's assessment consultant, and an outside facilitator/speaker, to address key issues in each academic division with respect to general education and value added assessment. These activities will result in a revision of current assessment plans, identification of tools for value added and general education assessment, and a commitment from faculty members at each institution to engage in a three-year plan to develop appropriate tools for value added assessment.