Winter in CARS

Snowy campus

It sure has been a crazy winter here in Harrisonburg. We have had many snow days, as have most of the schools in the area; but that somehow hasn’t stopped us from being productive. It has been a very fruitful winter here in the Center. Here are a few notes to highlight what our faculty and students have been up to.

  • We have been honored with hosting multiple groups of scholars from Japan; who have all come to the United States, and to JMU to look for best practices in assessment. Our first visitor, Dr. Satoko Fukahori, from the National Institute for Educational Policy Research of Japan, was able to join us for our Spring Assessment Day, where she witnessed a large part of our assessment model in action! Earlier this month Donna Sundre met with a visiting group from Osaka University. The group was very eager to learn about assessment practices at JMU, particularly regarding General Education. The CARS and University Programs folks worked together to set up a day of meetings that we hope met all of their expectations. They were also excited to enjoy some local “southern” style foods! We are so humbled by the outreach from our colleagues from Japan, and look forward to further expanding the global culture of assessment that already exists today.
  • A faculty search is currently underway here in CARS as we look for someone to fill Dr. Keston Fulcher’s position as Keston prepares to move into the Executive Director role effective July 1st. As we mentioned previously, Dr. Donna Sundre will be retiring at the conclusion of the spring semester, as she sees her last two doctoral advisees through their dissertation defenses and graduation. Keston, as you may know, has been our Associate Director for some time, as well as having a dual role like all our faculty split between teaching and assessment. At this time we are looking to fill Keston’s position in regards to the assessment/teaching role, and will select a new Associate Director at a later date. The search has been underway since late fall and we are hopeful to be able to complete the process and hire someone very soon.
  • Keston Fulcher, Laura Williams (3rd yr. Doc), and the graduate assistants in the PASS office are gearing up for a new year of APT submissions. This past year brought a new option for a program to select to complete an alternate project in place of their typical APT. Programs would have to meet special criteria to be offered this alternative, such as receiving a score of exemplar for two reporting years in a row. The idea is that the programs will take this alternative year to explore new ideas, or perhaps work on an assessment related project they have been unable to accomplish as a result of having to keep up with the APT reporting cycle. As we go into our second year offering this option, we are pleased to see that programs are taking advantage of this opportunity. We can’t wait to see how these programs will use their time. Additionally, a change to element 6A on the APT will be implemented this year, so Keston and his GA’s have been hard at work preparing for that, meeting with programs to introduce the changes. Stay tuned for more on that in our monthly progress reports!
  • CARS has been working hard to prepare for a move out of Anthony-Seeger scheduled for June. For those alumni who are reading, you may be sad to know that when you return to visit, we will no longer be in the same place geographically that you once called home for 2-3 years. As with most changes, we are sad to leave the comfort of our space, but are eager to see what the new building has to offer. We will be moving into the newly named “Lakeview Hall” where we will, in fact, have a view of the lake. A spectacular one at that! This move is an opportunity for the center to get some new furniture and spruce up our space to become a true showpiece of an office. Keston Fulcher, David Yang, Paula Love, and Sharon Sipe have been working with the university’s property coordinators to ensure that the move is as seamless as possible. We will be sure to share an update with pictures and our new address when we get into our new space in June. A perfect time of year to come visit us on the lake and feed the ducks! (Don’t quote me on that, I don’t know if we are allowed to feed them.)

While this isn’t even close to a full list of the things that have been happening here, it’s a little glimpse into what our winter has been like! We are excited that spring has arrived, as we all prepare to head off to Chicago for the AERA/NCME conferences, and the ongoing dissertation and thesis defenses of our soon to be graduates! Keep checking back for announcements as our students finish up their time here at JMU.

James Madison University wins CHEA Award

We are excited to announce that James Madison University was named the 2015 winner of the Council for Higher Education Accreditation (CHEA) Award for Outstanding Institutional Practice in Student Learning Outcomes.

From the CHEA News Release:

“The 2015 CHEA Award recognizes the university for assessing the quality of its assessment practice, a form of meta-assessment. This effort has involved review and rating of the institution’s assessment practices across academic programs, monitoring assessment quality, addressing strengths and weakness and using the assessment system to communicate how assessment has affected student learning.”

Dr. Donna Sundre from the Center for Assessment & Research Studies, as well as Dr. Jerry Benson, Provost of Academic Affairs at James Madison University will travel to the CHEA annual conference in Washington D.C. on January 26th to receive the award.

Congratulations to all who are involved in assessment at JMU. This award is truly the result of a collaborative effort among hard working assessment practitioners across the university. Thank you for your contributions to the culture of assessment at JMU.

You can read the full press release here.

December 2014 Progress Report

CARS

Progress toward achieving the CARS mission during the month of December was evidenced by the following activities and achievements:

Presentations:

Amato, H., Good, M. R., Smith, K.L., & Fulcher, K.H. (2014, December). Developing an Assessment Culture: Strategic Approaches to Faculty Development in Assessment. Workshop presented at the annual meeting of the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools; Commission on Colleges (SACSCOC) in Nashville, TN.

Fulcher, K.H., Good, M.R., & Coleman, C. (2014, December). Evaluating the Quality of Academic Degree Program Assessment. Workshop presented at the annual meeting of the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools; Commission on Colleges (SACSCOC) in Nashville, TN.

Fulcher, K.H., Rodgers-Good, M., Smith, K.L., & Coleman, C. (2014, December). Evidence of Improved Student Learning: Unpacking Comprehensive Standard 3.3.1.1 Presentation at the annual meeting of the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools; Commission on Colleges (SACSCOC) in Nashville, TN.

Publications:

Fisher, R., Smith, K., Finney, S. & Pinder, K. (2014). The importance of implementation fidelity data for evaluating program effectiveness. About Campus, 19, 28-32.

Fulcher, K.H., Good, M.R., Coleman, C.M., & Smith, K.L. (2014). A simple model for learning improvement: Weigh pig, feed pig, weigh pig. (Occasional Paper No. 23). Urbana, IL: University of Illinois and Indiana University, National Institute for Learning Outcomes Assessment.

CARS Assessment News and Service:

  • Sara Finney was appointed to the editorial board of the journal Educational Assessment. Educational Assessment publishes original research on the design, analysis and use of assessment to deepen understanding of the performance and Quality of individuals, groups, and programs in educational settings. It welcomes rigorous theoretical pieces and empirical studies (quantitative and qualitative) that can inform important national and international discussions in educational policy and practice. Sara also serves on the editorial boards for the following journals: Educational & Psychological Measurement, International Journal of Testing, and Journal of Educational Psychology.
  • On Dec 2nd, Sara Finney & Dena Pastor were guest lecturers for PSYC 200 (Orientation to Psychology). Dena and Sara presented their annual talk on “What is Quantitative Psychology?” and fielded questions about this area of psychology (training, jobs, etc.). We hope this introduction to the field will prompt students to pursue this area of study and possibly our graduate programs.
  • The Cluster 2 committee is making preparations for a series of focus groups to be conducted during the spring 2015 Assessment Day. The group is currently selecting segments of a foreign film to present to the focus group as well as designing questions for discussion aligned with their objectives.
  • John Hathcoat and Scott Paulson (Cluster 3 Coordinator) are working to finalize a second draft of a “Highlight Page” summarizing assessment results to be sent to all faculty who teach Cluster 3 courses. This is a two-page document presenting results for entering freshmen as well as the most recent sophomore-junior post-test analyses.
  • SASS held their final meeting of 2014 at Beyond on December 16th to celebrate their accomplishments this semester. Within the month of December, they have developed a draft of the SASS website.
  • Jeanne Horst and Ph.D. student Courtney Sanders attended the Diversity Council Meeting. Members of SASS, along with Quant. Psych. MA student Thai Ong, will be working with members of the Diversity Council on revising the MUDAS diversity scale.
  • John Hathcoat and Ph.D. student Courtney Sanders gave presentations to the Student Affairs Assessment Advisory Council in the month of December. Courtney presented on creating and mapping curriculum, while John presented on writing objectives.
  • Last month we announced that the search for a new Executive Director of CARS had concluded, and that Dr. Keston Fulcher would be assuming the position after Donna’s retirement in July 2015. We have now begun the search for a new faculty member to take over Keston’s teaching and assessment responsibilities. A search committee has been formed, comprised of faculty within CARS, outside of CARS, and also graduate student representation. The job description has been approved by Human Resources and the vacancy will be posted to the Chronicle of Higher Education, as well as InsideHigherEd.com and various electronic listservs. Committee review of applications will begin on February 1, 2015.
  • Jeanne Horst had an article accepted for publication. This is work she completed with one of our Student Affairs clients, Walt Ghant, from Community Service Learning; and Psych Sciences M.A. graduate Devon Whetsone. Congratulations to Jeanne, Walt, and Devon on this accomplishment!
  • A. student Thai Ong, and first-year Ph.D. student Kristen Smith submitted a proposal for a presentation at the JMU Diversity Conference. Thai has been collaborating with the SASS team to better understand how to define and measure diversity awareness at JMU. The proposal highlights assessment work from the Alternative Break Program. Good luck to Kristen and Thai!
  • Keston Fulcher was recognized by the Daily News Record as one of the top 10 business leaders under 40. (Article found here) Congratulations, Keston!
  • Sara Finney joined the technical advisory committee (TAC) for the Educational Research Bureau (ERB) in NYC. ERB is a global not-for-profit organization providing admission and achievement assessment as well as instructional services for PreK-Grade 12. Sara joins the following colleagues on this TAC: Joan Herman (UCLA-CRESST), Kurt Geisinger (UNL – Buros Center for Testing), Steve Sireci (UMASS – Center for Educational Assessment), Susan Brookhart (Educational Consultant), Vincent Alfonso (Gonzaga University), Laine Bradshaw (University of Georgia), and Thanos Patelis (National Center for Assessment). Sara began her three-year term at the November TAC meeting and will attend meetings twice yearly.
  • On December 11th, Sara Finney, Carolyn Miesen, and Matt Swain attended the stakeholders meeting for Transfer Orientation. This meeting focused on articulating important outcomes that will shape new programming and new assessment associated with Transfer Orientation. That is, stakeholders have determined that outcomes previously established (and used to guide programming and assessment) are no longer critical. Thus, efforts are being put forth to articulate the important learning and development outcomes.
  • On December 13th, John Sessoms, a student in the Quantitative Psychology concentration of the Psychological Sciences MA program, graduated with his Master’s degree. John was our only December graduate this year, and a reception was held in his honor on Friday, December 12th. Congratulations, John!
  • On December 12th, Sara Finney, John Hathcoat, Courtney Sanders, and Heather Harris attended the Student Affairs Assessment Advisory Council meeting. This meeting focused on 1) examining and giving feedback on the SASS website (supported by CARS), which John presented; and 2) the importance of mapping programming to objectives, which Courtney presented. Prior to the meeting, Sara noted the chairs of the council need to include an Associate Vice President on the council (much like the Academic Affairs AAC has an Associate Vice-Provost as Chair and member). The issue of committee membership may be a topic of discussion during the spring semester meeting.
  • Quantitative Psychology Master’s student Kate Pinder successfully defended her master’s thesis proposal on December 11th. The title of her proposal is “The Effects of Ordinal Data on Coefficient Alpha.” Committee members included Debbi Bandalos (chair), Dena Pastor, and Monica Erbacher. Congratulations to Kate!
  • Courtney Sanders and Jeanne Horst met with the Diversity Council Assessment subcommittee on December 10th.
  • Donna Sundre attended the final meeting of the JMU SACSCOC Advisory Council. This was an important meeting, as many members had just returned from the annual regional accreditation meeting. JMU is ahead of the curve with new assessment, accreditation, and accountability mandates. This Council’s mission is to assure that JMU conducts its institutional effectiveness research with our own needs and concerns assuming primary status. We need to prepare for change in higher education.

Assessment & Measurement Ph.D. News and Service:

  • SACSCOC staff confirmed that they will support a two month internship for A&M doctoral student, Kristen Smith, this summer. As part of her duties, she will help the accrediting body evaluate the overall effectiveness of the QEP requirement. Kristen and Keston will work with SACSCOC this spring to develop the methodology.
  • Doctoral student Rory Lazowski successfully defended his dissertation proposal on December 16th. The title of his proposal is “Motivation Interventions in Education: A Systematic Review.” Committee members included Dena Pastor (chair), Debbi Bandalos, Robin Anderson, and Chris Hulleman. Congrats, Rory!

December Graduation

It is not often that we have a December graduate in either of our programs, but this year we were happy to be able to celebrate John Sessoms before everyone took off for winter break.

John participated in the Graduate School’s December Convocation on Saturday, December 13th. John completed his M.A. in Psychological Sciences with a concentration in Quantitative Psychology.

We were happy to be able to hold a small reception within CARS on Friday the 12th to honor John. Students, faculty, friends and family all gathered together to congratulate John on all that he has accomplished during his time in the Master’s program; which includes presenting at numerous conferences, being a part of many integral processes within the Center and the University through his graduate assistantship, and a number of publications in print.

John will stay in Harrisonburg and work as a Research Assistant in CARS through June. John is also planning to apply to the Assessment & Measurement PhD program here, as well as exploring options at other schools.

Congratulations, John! You have earned it!

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November 2014 Progress Report

CARSProgress toward achieving the CARS mission during the month of November was evidenced by the following activities and achievements:

PRESENTATIONS:

Finney, S.J. & Pastor, D. A. (2014, Nov). Promoting the Use of Path Diagrams in Quantitative Research and Teaching. Invited address to the Department of Educational Psychology, University of Georgia, Athens, GA.

Hazard, G., & Horst, S.J. (2014, November). Creating effective assessment reports. Invited Pecha Kucha presentation with discussion. Virginia Assessment Group, Norfolk, VA.

Sanders, C.B. & Horst, S.J. (2014, November). Developing performance assessments. Workshop presented to the Office of Student Accountability and Restorative Practices and James Madison University, Harrisonburg, VA.

Sundre, D. L., Ball, T., Hazard, G, Horst, S. J. & Burnett, R. (2014, November). The Test of Oral Communication Skills, version 2 (TOCS-2). Presentation at Virginia Assessment Group Annual Conference: Norfolk, VA.

Sundre, D. L., Clarke, K., Swanson, M., Jacovidis, J. & Strickman, S. (2014, November). Information Literacy Assessment: A Case Study in Collaboration. Presentation at Virginia Assessment Group Annual Conference: Norfolk, VA.

PUBLICATIONS:

Zilberberg, A., Finney, S. J., Marsh, K. R. & Anderson, R. A. (2014). The role of students’ attitudes and test-taking motivation on the validity of college institutional accountability tests: A path analytic model. International Journal of Testing, 14, 360-384.

CARS ASSESSMENT NEWS and SERVICE:

  • Kristen Smith and John Hathcoat attended the “2014 Transforming STEM Higher Education” conference November 6th-8th. The conference was put on by AAC&U and Project Kaleidoscope with great sessions about pedagogy, teaching, and learning. They would like to thank Donna, Linda, and her staff in University Studies for supporting them to attend this conference.
  • Courtney Sanders and Jeanne Horst conducted a workshop “Developing Performance Assessments” for the Office of Student Accountability and Restorative Practices (OSARP) on Friday, November 7th.
  • The Center for Assessment and Research Studies received word that our national search for a new Executive Director has been successfully concluded. Dr. Keston Fulcher has been offered and has accepted the position. He will assume his new duties on July 1, 2015. Congratulations to JMU, CARS, and to Keston! Appreciation is expressed to the search committee for their excellent work
  • Jessica Jacovidis and Mandy Swanson provided extensive in-service training to the Library & Educational Technologies Assessment Committee, as they forged onward with analysis of the Library’s Work-Life Satisfaction Survey, an integral component of their Balanced Scorecard design. Jessica and Mandy are guiding the Committee on SPSS syntax for more efficiently analyzing and reporting survey results.
  • Scott Strickman provided outstanding support to the Social Work department on their continued revisions to their Information Literacy Test for Social Work seniors. Item analyses for the Social Work items and ILT core items were conducted in combination and separately to guide future improvements. A meeting to review this work is scheduled for early December in preparation for Spring assessment.
  • Sara Finney traveled to the University of Georgia to present her research with Dena Pastor on the importance of visuals when presenting and teaching quantitative methods. This presentation was attended by the Quantitative Methods faculty and students at UGA in addition to other faculty from the Department of Educational Psychology.
  • On November 20th, Sara Finney, Matt Swain and Carolyn Miesen participated in the oral presentation of the First-Year Summer Springboard Orientation assessment report. This work was very well received, and considerable conversation and recommendations on data use were put forward.
  • Karen Gentemann of George Mason University and Donna Sundre from James Madison University both received Certificates of Recognition at the 2014 Virginia Assessment Group (VAG) annual conference in Norfolk, Virginia. Dr. Gentemann and Dr. Sundre are both prior VAG Presidents and Board Members. They have served in VAG for 25 years and will retire in 2015. They also received gift certificates for Barnes and Noble bookstores—a most appropriate retirement gift.
  • Sara Finney was appointed to the editorial board of the International Journal of Testing (IJT). The International Journal of Testing (IJT) was founded by the International Test Commission to advance theory, research, and practice in the area of testing and assessment in psychology, education, counseling, organizational behavior, human resource management, and related disciplines. IJT has sought to publish original articles addressing theoretical issues, methodological approaches, and empirical research, as well as integrative and interdisciplinary reviews of testing-related topics and reports of current testing practices. Sara will begin her two-year term on the editorial board on Jan 1, 2015. Sara is also on the editorial boards of Educational & Psychological Measurement and the Journal of Educational Psychology.

ASSESSMENT & MEASUREMENT PhD NEWS and SERVICE:

  • Laura Williams successfully defended her dissertation proposal on November 7, 2014. The working title for her dissertation is “The Effect of Examinee Motivation on Value-Added Estimates: An Exploratory Study”. Committee members Monica Erbacher and S. Jeanne Horst provided excellent feedback along the way.
  • Matthew Swain successfully defended his dissertation proposal on November 11, 2014. The current title of the dissertation is “The Effects of a Planned Missingness Design on Examinee Motivation and Psychometric Quality”. Dena Pastor and Debbi Bandalos, who serve on the committee, have provided outstanding support and guidance for this work.

Assessment & Measurement Alumni Featured in Madison Magazine

The Fall 2014 issue of Madison Magazine features a spotlight on a few of our Assessment & Measurement alumni. The article titled “Beyond the pros and cons of standardized tests; JMU doctoral grads help lead Educational Testing Services” focuses on the work of three A&M graduates; Javarro Russell (’11 Ph.D.), Ross Markle (’10 Ph.D.), and Jilliam Joe (’09 Ph.D.) who are all climbing the ranks at Educational Testing Services (ETS). ETS is responsible for various standardized testing services for K-12 and higher education in the United States and is known for such tests as the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL), and the Graduate Record Examination (GRE).

Madison Magazine writer Emily Tait spoke to Javarro, Ross, and Jilliam about their roles at ETS, their thoughts on standardized tests, and how their graduate training here at JMU has prepared them for the challenges they face in the current culture of resistance to standardized testing.

You can read the one-page article here on page 52.

August Progress Report

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Progress toward achieving the CARS mission during the month of August was evidenced by the following activities and achievements:

PRESENTATIONS:

Pastor, D.A. (2014, August). Modeling item response profiles using factor models, latent class models, and latent variable hybrids. Webinar presented for the Northeastern Educational Research Association.

Richmond, C., Heilbrun., A., Hill, C., Arredondo, B.C., Kent, J.A., & Marcopulos, B. (2014, August). The Utility of Neuropsychology in a Psychiatric Impatient Setting: Discharge Summaries. Poster presented at the annual meeting of the American Psychological Association, Washington, D.C.

PUBLICATIONS:

 Cho, Y., Hathcoat, J.D., Bridges, S.L, & Bang, H. (2014). Factorial invariance of an integrated measure of classroom sense of community in face-to-face and online courses. Journal of Psychoeducational Assessment. Advance online publication. Doi: 10.1177/0734282914543170

Penn, J.D., Hathcoat, J.D., & Kim, S. (2014). Undergraduate academic experience. In R.J. Sternberg (Ed.), The Modern Land Grant University (pp. 109-133). West Lafayette, IN: Purdue University Press.

 

CARS ASSESSMENT NEWS and SERVICE:

  •  Dena Pastor served as an external reviewer for promotion to Professor at a major university in the southwestern U.S.
  • On August 13th, Carolyn Miesen, Kate Pinder, and Sara Finney orally presented the assessment results for the Transfer Springboard. Stakeholders, including an Associate Vice President, registrars, Director of University Advising, Institutional Research staff and the Orientation staff, discussed plans to use the results to make program improvements in the Fall and Spring.
  • On August 13th, Dena Pastor presented a webinar as part of the Northeastern Educational Research Association’s Presidential Initiative webinar series. The PowerPoint slides from the webinar, cited above, can be seen at the following link: http://www.nera-education.org/docs/NERA_webinar_-_081314.pptx
  • Quantitative Psychology MA graduate Rochelle Fisher started her new job as an Assessment Coordinator for Salisbury University’s Office of University Analysis, Reporting and Assessment. We are excited for this opportunity for Rochelle, and wish her the best of luck!
  • SASS has been working in collaboration with the Student Affairs Assessment Advisory Council to present at the upcoming Student Affairs Planning Meeting in September. SASS has assisted with three presentations, which include an introduction to assessment at JMU, implementation fidelity (Kristen Smith), and an introduction to the new APRT. SASS also plans to finalize their assessment videos within the next couple weeks, which will be placed on social media websites. They are also planning to develop an outline for a SASS website.
  • A new version of the APRT has been created by members of the Student Affairs Assessment Advisory Council, and was pilot tested during student orientation by Sara Finney. The final version is still waiting formal approval from the assessment council.
  • Megan Rodgers Good and Kristen Smith facilitated It’s Complicated sessions on Thursday, August 21st. It’s Complicated is a 75 minute intervention occurring during Freshmen Orientation. It involves training in the 8 Key Questions and leading a small group of ~20 incoming freshmen students and their FROGS through a simulated ethical reasoning scenario created by the Madison Collaborative.
  • Bo Bashkov, Liz Hawk, Keston Fulcher, and Kristen Smith created and submitted the Madison Collaborative Annual Technical Report to the leaders of the Madison Collaborative team.
  • Quantitative Psychology MA student, John Sessoms, defended his master’s thesis on August 4th. His thesis was titled Predicting Longitudinal Change in Examinee Effort on Low-Stakes Tests. His committee members, Dr. Sara Finney (chair), Dr. Debbi Bandalos, and Dr. Donna Sundre noted the high-quality contribution of his work to the field. John will graduate in December. Congratulations, John!
  • The annual Graduate Assistant Institute was conducted on August 7th and 8th, under the leadership of 2nd year MA student, Kate Pinder. New students in both the MA and PhD program gathered for an intensive two-day series of workshops designed to introduce them to their roles within CARS as students and as graduate assistants. A great deal of thanks to Kate for such a well-run GAI!
  • The CARS faculty retreat was conducted on August 14th. Strategic planning for the 2014-2015 academic year was discussed and all faculty assignments were discussed and confirmed. This is a very special year since we will have two faculty colleagues enjoying academic leaves this year. Christine DeMars will be on sabbatical in fall semester and Sara Finney will be on sabbatical in spring 2015.
  • Laura Williams completed her summer practicum with the Assessment Fellows program in July. The main deliverable from her practicum was a planning guide, which can be viewed upon request. This planning guide is intended to assist future faculty and GA coordinators in the preparation and implementation of future cohorts of Assessment Fellows.
  • Sara Finney traveled to Princeton, NJ to attend the technical advisory committee (TAC) meeting for the GRE at Educational Testing Services (ETS) on August 14 – 16.
  • CARS Administrative Team (the A Team) continued with plans for office functioning during Sharon Sipe’s planned absence due to surgery and rehabilitation. We think we have problem solved this in some creative ways. No one can replace Sharon; we just hope to survive it.
  • Devon Hopkins-Whetstone, who just completed her Quantitative Psychology MA requirements, has accepted the position of Director of Assessment at Stephens College in Columbia, MO. Congratulations, Devon!
  • Assessment Day was successfully conducted on August 22nd. 4,159 incoming freshmen attended Assessment Day on August 22, 2014. Our attendance rate of ~95% is comparable to other fall Assessment Days. Of the ~5% who did not attend, over 3% had an excused absence because of scheduling conflicts with the Marching Royal Dukes Band. Nineteen different assessments were administered to students to assess various aspects of student learning and development.
  • Changes to Assessment Day implemented this Assessment Day:
    • During the summer, the Center for Information Technology (specifically D. Lee Beard) assisted CARS in redesigning the Assessment Day video played on Assessment Day. We placed more of an emphasis on why students were being tested and how the results were being used by JMU compared to the previous version of the video. We were also incredibly fortunate to have President Alger address the students during the video.
  • Changes to Assessment Day implemented last spring and continued this Assessment Day:
    • One such change included the movement of in-person proctor training the morning of Assessment Day to online proctor training prior to Assessment Day.
    • The online training has been well received by the proctors and also makes the morning of Assessment Day less hectic.Based on feedback from the proctors in Spring 2014, we shortened the online training materials in Fall 2014.
    • The cost saving use of boxed lunches for the proctors was also a change made in Spring 2014 and carried forward to Fall 2014.
    • All make-up testing will be computer-based (which helps make Assessment Day less costly, more efficient, and more environmentally friendly).
  • We expanded which Assessment Day rooms would see the Assessment Day video. In previous years, only paper and pencil testing rooms on Assessment Day were shown the video. This Assessment Day, all students being tested – even those who attend makeups, will be shown the video.
  • The largest change included the switch from 2 3-hour sessions to 3 2-hour sessions. This change was well received by proctors, although the schedule may need to be tweaked somewhat in future semesters. We also tried to utilize more computer labs in HHS/ISAT on Assessment Day and increased the number of CARS chromebooks being used to 80.
  • The change in the testing schedule allowed us to eliminate the use of Showker for testing; all testing took place in one building (not including the Assessment & Testing Center). This made Assessment Day more efficient and less costly. The change in testing schedule and use of more labs/chromebooks also reduced the number of resources needed for Assessment Day, making it less costly, more efficient and more environmentally friendly. A comparison of the resources used for Fall 2013 and Fall 2014 Assessment Days are shown below:

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ASSESSMENT & MEASUREMENT PhD PROGRAM NEWS:

  •  New Assessment and Measurement PhD students received a full day of orientation with Program Director, Debbi Bandalos on August 15th. Many other faculty members participated in workshops and panel discussions to help welcome these new students.
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