Chalk and Wire provided us with a System Analysis Report (SAR) and follow-up meetings that helped us use our assessment tools more wisely. [Prior to Chalk & Wire] we were collecting a large amount of data that interested individual faculty members but wasn’t useful for program purposes.
Chalk & Wire helped us separate the two and gave us tools for explaining to faculty the difference between grading (scoring) data and student growth (progress) data for program improvement. We can now tie specific assessment pieces to goals we have set for both institutional and accreditation purposes.
Our assessment has become more purposeful—we are looking at the full arc of student growth and how each course contributes to that.