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Office of Institutional Effectiveness (OIE) Website Honored by NILOA

November 15, 2011

The National Institute for Learning Outcomes Assessment (NILOA) has chosen California State University-Fresno’s Office of Institutional Effectiveness’ website as “NILOA’s Featured Website for its communication.”

From the commendation:

“California State University – Fresno’s Office of Institutional Effectiveness (OIE) web page provides a wealth of assessment information to multiple audiences across campus.  From its detailed Fact Book data to information about its assessment activities and their results, CSU – Fresno provides practical tools to assess student learning outcomes and the means for faculty, staff and administrators to use the results of assessment to improve learning.  For example, Student Outcomes Assessment Plans, or SOAPs, and sample rubrics and templates are publicly available on each program offered at CSU – Fresno.  Further, since Fall 2005, faculty from various departments interested in implementing direct measures of student learning have received grants from the OIE, and final reports are publicly available. ”

Please click the link above to read the entire feedback on the OIE website!

November 2011 Featured Website

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WASC Commission Accreditation Approval

November 13, 2011

Following a public hearing and extensive discussion at the Commission meeting, the Commission has approved the first stage of the accreditation redesign process. Click here to read the full text of the resolution (4 pages).

Highlights that are Most Relevant to Learning Outcomes Assessment at Fresno State:

3. Graduation Proficiencies for Undergraduate Degrees: Consistent with Criteria for Review 2.2 and 2.6, all institutions offering undergraduate degrees will be expected to demonstrate that their graduates have achieved the institution’s stated level of proficiency at least in the following five areas: written and oral communication, quantitative skills, critical thinking and information literacy. The institution has the responsibility to determine how each of the proficiencies is defined, the level of proficiency expected of students upon graduation, how the proficiency is to be assessed and to demonstrate that graduates consistently achieve or surpass the stated level of proficiency. Institutions are also expected to determine similar outcomes and levels of proficiency in the major or disciplinary field and in other areas determined by the institution to be important to fulfill its mission.

4. Focusing on the Meaning, Quality and Rigor of the Degrees: Building on the first paragraph of CFR 2.2 and CFR 1.2, which requires that institutions define the outcomes of degrees beyond the accumulation of courses and credits, the Commission expects that all institutions will articulate, as part of the institutional review process, the learning outcomes of the degree as a whole and demonstrate that there are processes in place to assure the meaning, quality and rigor of the degrees offered. The institution is responsible for defining how it will address these issues.

Quality Assurance, Rearranged

November 1, 2011

Click here to read, Quality Assurance, Rearranged the article by Doug Lederman published in Inside Higher Ed about the U.S. panel’s ideas for revamping higher education accreditation.

WASC Accreditation Redesign

October 25, 2011

The WASC Accreditation Redesign document is located on the WASC homepage at:  Click on  Accreditation Redesign Materials Now Available and a pdf of the document will open up for you.  WASC is also accepting public comments on this document.  Once again go to: and click on: Accreditation Design – Providing Comment.  The information is also below from the WASC website:

WASC is in the final stages of Phase I of accreditation redesign for 2012 and beyond. WASC is providing multiple ways for the public to provide comment to the Commission on the accreditation redesign.

Click here to download the materials

Regional Forums have been scheduled and invitations sent out. For more details and to register for a regional forum or the Webinar, visit

Beyond the forums, there are three other ways to provide feedback:
1.       Publicly comment on the WASC website
2.       Submit direct comment via email
3.       Speak at the Commission Public Hearing on November 3, 2011. Note: any member of the public is welcome to attend the Public Hearing and not speak, space permitting. See registration details below.

Public Comment on Website: To submit a public comment on the WASC website, go to

Direct, written comments can be submitted via email to Jessica Worchel, Accreditation Redesign Project Manager, at Written comments must be received by 5:00 pm on Wednesday, October 26.  Please list “Written Comment for Commission Public Hearing” in the subject line of the email. All comments received by this date will be distributed to the Commission for their review prior to the November 3rd meeting.  Please note that no written materials will be accepted for review after October 26 and no written comments will be accepted on site at the Public Hearing.

Oral comments at the Public Hearing: Oral presentations will take place at the WASC Public Hearing on Thursday, November 3, 2011 from 10:00 am – 12:00 pm, at the Sheraton Delfina Santa Monica Hotel. On a space-available basis, individuals/groups will be granted an opportunity to speak to the Commission for up to five minutes each.  Time will be allotted on a first-come, first-served basis, with a minimum of twenty time slots available. To register to attend and/or speak at the Public Hearing, go to

Those who do not pre-register to speak may sign up on site at the Public Hearing for an opportunity to make an oral comment.  If time permits following pre-registered comments, individuals or groups who sign up on November 3 will be invited to comment on a first-come, first-served basis, for up to three minutes.

If you have any questions on how to provide comments on accreditation redesign, please contact Jessica Worchel, Accreditation Redesign Project Manager, at We look forward to receiving your input!

CSU WASC Webinar 2-3 October 26th

October 24, 2011

Please either participate in Haak Boardroom, 4th Floor, Henry Madden Library, or login from your computer or office phone.

Invitation and instructions follow:

Dear CSU Colleagues,
Please join us for an on-line meeting with Ralph Wolff, President of the Senior College Commission of the Western Association of Schools and Colleges, for an inside look at proposed changes to the WASC accreditation model.
For the past year, a number of task forces have been shaping recommendations to improve the current model, now ten years old.  The commission hasn’t yet approved any changes, but it seems likely we’ll see less emphasis on educational inputs evaluated over multiple site visits, and a greater focus on student success, public accountability, and external validation of student learning.  Many of you learned about these ideas at last spring’s Academic Resource Conference, in San Francisco.
Throughout October WASC leadership is holding a series of regional meetings to solicit feedback on the new ideas, ahead of its November commission meeting.  This webinar is part of that effort, directed especially to audiences in the CSU.  To join:
    Wednesday, October 26
2:00-3:00 p.m. Pacific Time
    via Elluminate:
via simultaneous conference call
    Dial:  (866) 213-2185
Access Code (when prompted):  5270 685#
Please feel free to share this invitation.  I look forward to seeing you there,
     Ken O’Donnell
State University Associate Dean
Academic Programs and Policy
CSU Office of the Chancellor

Assessment Assistance

October 24, 2011

If you need assessment assistance this year you can consult with three people. One, of course, is Tina Leimer. The other two are Linda Hauser, faculty member in Kremen’s Department of Educational Research and Administration and Andrew Lawson, JCAST faculty member and Plant Science Department Chair. Andrew will not be available for this purpose until the end of October. Here is their contact information.
Linda Hauser, 278-0362,
Andrew Lawson, 278-2150,

Helping Students with Library Research and Evaluating Information

September 12, 2011

A study of a group of Illinois universities undermined the assumption that because natives of the Digital Age are tech savvy, they are facile in finding and using electronic sources and evaluating information. They aren’t.  Nor do these students see librarians as professionals who can help. Professors too under-utilize librarians for the help they can offer students.

Here is the link to Inside Higher Ed’s article, What Students Don’t Know.

For research and information literacy assistance for your students on our campus, contact Monica Fusich, Head of Information and Outreach Services & TILT Fellow at or phone 559-278-7673, and Vang Vang, Information & Outreach Services Librarian & TILT Fellow at or phone 559-278-3037.  For a complete list of library liaisons by college/school, go to

An assessment of students’ skill in using library tutorials on our campus can be found at this url.

An anthropological study of our Henry Madden Library conducted by our Department of Anthropology is at