to Order: Ursula called the meeting to order at .
Geraldine Little Whiteman
Call of Members Present: P = Present, E = Excused, A = Absent
Amiotte_P_ Joan Nelson
Charging Eagle_P_ Shauna Pourier
Janet Red Feather
Little Whiteman_A_ Karen White
Note(s): Marilyn was excused from
today’s meeting. Bill and Karen were absent.
Minutes of March 4, 2005:
Minutes were reviewed. Motion to accept made by Joan, Seconded by Shauna
and Unanimously Passed
on HLC/NCA Meeting (Dr. Giraud): Toni F. Jim
D. and Gerry G. attended the NCA meeting in Chicago. The focus of the conference was
the topic of assessment. Gerry noted that OLC is in a similar place with
assessment as other colleges; we are the process of developing our
assessment programs. He noted that the conference affirmed that we are on
the right track. Gerry also shared a presentation from the conference with
the committee, “New Tricks for Old Dogs: Educating Faculty in Outcomes
Assessment”. In terms of assessment in relation to this information, OLC
is in the best shape in regards to Institutional Responsibility. We are
moving towards faculty taking over the process and being responsible for
directing and guiding assessment. Departments really need to be involved
in stating learning outcomes, connecting outcomes to courses and
instructional content, and artifacts (evidence) of student learning.
Furthermore, we need to use the assessment information we gather to
improve the effectiveness of our programs. Eight things faculty need to know
about assessment: 1) assessment terminology, 2) the difference between
direct and indirect measures, 3) the difference between classroom
assessment and program level assessment, 4) writing student learning
outcomes, 5) measuring learning (components and criteria) across faculty,
departments, 6) structuring a plan to assess learning, 7) interpreting
data, and 8) closing the loop. Gerry provided examples of each of these
areas and further information is available in the attached handout.
Follow-up discussion lead by Joan focused on the need for departments to
communicate expectations and mentoring/supporting part-time instructors to
ensure coherence for students. Stephanie noted the need for Department
Chairs to take an active role in meeting with and holding part-time
instructors accountable. Shauna emphasized that part-time instructors
should be required (by contract) to meet with the Department Chairs. Jim
emphasized training and providing support to adjunct instructors to ensure
they have the skills (not just the content knowledge) to teach. Irvine noted the need
for a balance between the stated learning outcomes and what each
instructor brings to the table. She also noted the need to involve
students in making decisions regarding learning outcomes. Irvine noted that we
need to develop “leaders” not “followers”. Ursula supported Irvine’s comments.
Gerry brought conclusion to the assessment discussion. He noted that while
OLC’s assessment program is being developed, we
are ahead of other tribal colleges in many ways.
Business: As shared during our all staff meeting, OLC may assume
responsibility for the tribal Head Start Program. Shauna is willing to
answer any questions.
Jim shared that the computer literacy survey results will be shared with
staff within the next couple of weeks. Irvine noted that many older,
non-traditional students do not have the same level of expertise using
computers as do recent high school graduates. Joan noted the problem is
further complicated by the fact that many students do not have computers
in their homes.
At a motion was
made by Irvine
to adjourn; it was seconded by Geraldine and unanimously passed.
Exhibits: New Tricks for Old Dogs: Educating Faculty in