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2010 Faculty & Staff News

Longwood administrator and faculty member give assessment presentation at annual meeting of SACSCOC

December 13, 2010

Dr. Ling Whitworth, director of assessment and institutional research, and Dr. Chene Heady, assistant professor of English, gave a presentation at the 2010 Annual Meeting of the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges (SACSCOC), held Dec. 4-7 in Louisville, Ky. The presentation, on Dec. 6, was "Engaging Teaching Faculty in Assessment: A Case Study."

Dr. Whitworth and Dr. Heady used their experience with core competency assessment (the competency measure they discussed was the Written Communication Competency) as the basis for a broader discussion of engaging teaching faculty in the assessment process. They discussed four strategies by which this aim might be achieved: clearly defining the faculty's role in assessment; giving skeptical faculty a voice in assessment; implementing assessment gradually, in well-explained stages; and treating assessment as a continuous learning process for both teaching faculty and assessment professionals, in which faculty should be trusted to design assessments, implement the assessment plan, and use the results for further improvement.

"The interaction between the presenters and the audience - about 100 people attended our session - indicated that the session generated a certain degree of interest among faculty, administrators, and assessment professionals," Dr. Whitworth said.

Dr. Heady was assigned by the Department of English and Modern Languages as the assessment coordinator for SCHEV competency measures from summer 2008 to spring 2010.

Others from Longwood who attended the meeting were Dr. Ken Perkins, interim vice president for academic affairs and Longwood's Southern Association of Colleges and Schools (SACS) liaison; Dr. Mc Amoss, professor of French, director of the General Education Program, and director of the Quality Enhancement Plan (part of Longwood's reaffirmation of SACS accreditation); and Virginia Kinman, electronic resources librarian and director of Longwood's SACS compliance certification. More than 4,000 people attended the 115th annual meeting of SACSCOC, the higher education component of SACS, which is the regional body for the accreditation of degree-granting higher education institutions in 11 Southern states.