For graduate school I was asked to write a fake grant proposal as if I were going to apply for one. I struggled with the assignment, did anything except it, and tried to hide from the deadline. Any time any one ever mentions grant writing it is nearly always followed by “Ugh my life” so I was afraid of it as well–untill now.
There is never an end to paperwork (screenwork?) in the Assessment Office. This isn’t so much a bad thing as it is just the nature of the metaphorical beast. Each semester needs certain reports created, documents drawn up, and files stored safely away. Because unlike a business model where projects open and then close, education is a revolving door of (hopefully) never ending service to the student body.
The real problem is keeping up with all those different exams, surveys, and day-to-day work sheets. Enter the Assessment Matrix! Now when I first learned about the assessment matrix I was a little let down that I didn’t learn kung fu from it, however it has a similar effect on your workload.
‘Udemy’ is an educational website much like ‘Khan Academy’ that allows students to take courses online on various and assorted fields of study. Unlike Khan, some courses have to be purchased and as it follows a for-profit structure of content delivery. It is a great resource for both students and techers.
I want to send out a huge “Thank You” to all you new USAO students participating in last week’s Freshman Orientation. You were all great sports and a valuable source of information. The information you provided will be invaluable to us as we work to demonstrate that USAO’s type of educational experience is worth every penny.
Over the next few days, I intend to add some preliminary results on some of those assessments to this page. If you are at all curious, make sure to visit us again. Best of luck on your first academic term!
There are a lot of practice tests, study guides, and scams on the internet for high schoolers. Some are helpful and others are just plain hurtful. Finding a resource to help your students succeed without sending them toward a commercial can be hard to do. Enter the Khan Academy.
Students! We need your help! The Assessment and Institutional Research Offices give out prizes occasionally for participation in surveys. We want to know what would be a good prize to offer for our next survey. Answer the poll below and comment if you have any thoughts.Continue reading →
Guest post by Brittani Mulkey
As a student of the No Child Left Behind era, I will admit that my first reaction upon hearing about a new ranking system and assessment of colleges was one of annoyance. “We’re going to be doing this again?” I said to myself. This is of course my own personal bias; testing has become a dirty word over the course of my education (which makes working in the Assessment Office pretty funny). My second gut reaction was, “This will not end well.” Again, I will have to admit to a personal bias as I tend to be a bit of a pessimist when it comes to change, particularly on such a large scale.