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AOC Minutes, January 28, 2010

Action Items in bold
Submitted by Deborah Viles

Attending: Michael Grant, Terry Mayes, John Stevenson, Greg Carey, Jim Davis Rosenthal, Perry Sailor, Lou McClelland, Rolf Norgaard, Darna Dufour, Deborah Viles

Absent: Gardiner Tucker, Alphonse Keasley, Steve Jones, Ron Melicher, Ken Wilson

The committee met to discuss the upcoming 2010 accreditation site visit, scheduled February 22-24, 2010.

  • The site team will approach the visit in a Q & A format with the site team formulating the questions. Meetings will be arranged with key campus faculty, staff, students, and administrators, who will not make formal presentations. The site team must approve all meetings, and all invitees. They may request additional meetings or request to meet with particular individuals or groups.
  • The AOC will likely not meet the site team as a committee. There are too many required meetings in the time allotted. There will be open forums committee members may attend. Individual committee members who are invited to specific meetings will be responsible for answering questions primarily about criterion three.
  • Anyone invited to a meeting should review the self-study pages referenced in the meeting notes that come with the invitation, but should be familiar with all of criterion three, chapter six.
  • Review also the challenges and issues sections from each section of the report.

In other business:

  • The AOC annual report has been revised again. Deborah will send out the latest version with the minutes.
  • The AOC agreed without objection to accept the following learning outcomes statement for CU undergraduates.

Graduates of the University of Colorado will be able to:

  • Think critically about texts, artifacts, and problems
  • Formulate and investigate research questions
  • Sustain complex arguments with appropriate evidence
  • Locate, evaluate, and apply relevant information and evidence to solve problems
  • Demonstrate an understanding of current conventions, knowledge, and modes of inquiry in their disciplinary areas of study
  • Understand and appreciate multiple historical and cultural viewpoints in their social contexts
  • Communicate clearly in written and oral forms for various audiences
  • Work collaboratively
  • Understand and apply ethical standards to all endeavors
  • Contribute actively as citizens of the community, the state, and the world
  • Participate in lifelong learning

Genesis of the learning outcomes statement

In December of 2008, the Assessment Oversight Committee (AOC) agreed that CU should develop a statement of learning outcomes for all undergraduates. According to the committee’s research and survey of best practices, many AAU peers and other institutions are beginning to establish campus-wide learning goals. Such documents encourage a focus on learning outcomes across disciplines and colleges, give the campus community common language, and encourage assessment practices to demonstrate the outcomes, all of which can help engage the campus in more robust assessment conversations.

The committee decided to use the approach that led to successful adoption of learning goals by the University of Wisconsin-Madison. They empowered a small subcommittee to review existing campus documents and make a recommendation based on existing practices.

The AOC assigned Deborah Viles (Assessment Coordinator, and assistant to the Associate Vice Chancellor for Undergraduate Education), Mike Grant (Associate Vice Chancellor for Undergraduate Education), and Lou McClelland (Director of Institutional Analysis) to the task. The subcommittee evaluated key campus documents and identified themes based on that review. They crafted the above learning outcomes, using language from the existing documents. The committee also reviewed learning outcome statements from other universities to assess any gaps. There is, in fact, quite a bit of similarity among those documents, as well as with the learning outcomes adopted by the American Association of Colleges and Universities in their guidelines for a New Century Graduate.

The subcommittee review included the following campus documents:

  • Flagship 2030
  • CU mission statement
  • Knowledge and Skill goals as stated in the most recent course catalog
  • CCHE Pathways
  • CU’s Performance Contracts
  • Arts and Sciences Core requirements
  • Colorado Challenge
  • Campus Diversity Plan
  • Boulder Faculty Assembly and Arts and Science Council websites
  • Planning, Budget, and Analysis website
  • Honor Code
  • Colorado Creed
  • Mission statements for each college
  • Residential Academic Program mission statements
  • Study Abroad website
  • Student Academic Service Center mission statement
  • Just the Facts publication
  • Admissions website

After drafting and revising the initial learning outcomes several times in committee, the subcommittee asked the AOC to review a draft in September 2009. Based on comments from members, the draft was revised again to favor simplicity and brevity. At their January 2010 meeting, the AOC agreed without objection to accept the above learning outcomes.


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