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Thursday, June 23 • 15:00 - 16:00
CON08.09a - A Comparative Analysis of Canadian and American Assessment Practices in Student Services

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In the last few years Canada’s postsecondary institutions have put a greater emphasis on developing learning outcomes, as well as finding reliable methods to assess them. While a great deal of emphasis is placed on developing academic learning outcomes in Canadian universities, a significant amount of learning takes place outside of the lecture halls, tutorials and seminar rooms. This research presentation will explore six public universities from Canada and the United States – each from different geographical contexts and current stages of learning outcomes assessment – and describe the extent to which they articulate, measure, and continuously improve learning outcomes assessment practices in student affairs. This presentation will highlight the primary distinctions, contending that a more transparent and evidence-based model should be adopted throughout all student service programs. This session will be of interest to those attending the conference because it offers key insights from outside of the Canadian context, while also providing insights into similarities and differences between the two student services landscapes. As such, attendees of this session will be able to identify common policies, values, and strategies in the assessment of student service programs. The session will also prioritize the acquisition and sharing of more reliable data surrounding the evaluation of learning outcomes, particularly for public dissemination, as transparency is essential to effective assessment. Finally, the presentation will initiate an open dialogue about lessons learned and key areas upon which Canadian institutions can begin to develop more transparent, rigorous, and evidence-based assessment policies in student services and beyond.

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Marc Gurrisi

PhD Candidate, University of Toronto
Marc Gurrisi is a PhD Candidate at OISE, University of Toronto. He has experience working for HEQCO, wherein he was involved with several learning outcomes assessment projects, including the Learning Outcomes Assessment Consortium. Marc is an aspiring assessment professional, with... Read More →

Thursday June 23, 2016 15:00 - 16:00 EDT
UCC 63

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