Don't dread the program review: Program assessment made easy

Concurrent Session 7

Brief Abstract

Dreading your program review?  Worried how you will tie course outcomes to program outcomes?  Looking to make a change from your current assessment methods?  This interactive discussion will suggest processes and tools to perform a program assessment. 


Dr. Julie Bonner is an Associate Faculty member at Central Washington University in Ellensburg, WA. Dr. Bonner is the program coordinator for the graduate program in the Information Technology and Administrative Management department. She has been at the University three years and is very interesting in student development, course design, and how students learn.
I am currently working as a Full Professor in the Information Technology & Administrative Management Department at Central Washington University (CWU). Before joining CWU, I was an Assistant Professor and Director of the Management Information Systems (MIS) program at the Eastern Nazarene College in Massachusetts. I hold a B.S. in MIS, an M.S. and a Ph.D. in Information Systems from the University of Maryland Baltimore County.
Laura Portolese currently teaches in the Information Technology and Administrative Management Department of Central Washington University. Her vast experience in online teaching and flipped classrooms spans nearly 20 years. Laura's research interests lie in the areas of student engagement in online courses. In addition, Laura has written several textbooks for publishers such as McGraw-Hill and Flat World Knowledge on Human Resource Management, Human Relations, and several others. When not teaching, researching or writing, you might find Laura on the roller derby track, playing for her local team in Ellensburg, Washington.

Extended Abstract

 The session will address the what, when and why of making the switch from research projects to capstone projects in Masters programs or undergradaute programs for better, more consistent assessment.  As extensive pressure is put on educational institutions to assess learning, and be able to prove assessment measurement for specific competencies, the session provides valuable discussion on considerations to address before moving forward with any program assessment models.  Technology tools to track program assessment will also be addressed.  This highly interactive session will feature a presentation, followed by pair and share discussion for maximum participant learning.