Anna Ballinger

Anna Ballinger

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Alternate assessments and value added assessments. 

All components of assessment are important to have a holistic view of the student's learning, to improve the teaching and learning process, and to ensure continual improvement of the course and course design.  

To assess whether the technology tools and assessment processes are working from both the instructor and student perspectives.

These five components will take your strategic planning process, your plan itself, and your team to success.

  1. Clarify - Make every piece of the plan plain and clear through definitions and simplifying terms and plan components.
  2. Communicate - Don't only communicate - communicate effectively. Ask for feedback to ensure that teams understand the communication.
  3. Assign - Create RACI matrices or some tool to assign tasks/duties/responsibilities and to track assignments.
  4. Assess - Involve team members in assessment and review so they authentically know the outcomes of their hard work.
  5. Reward - Celebrate the wins and brainstorm the losses. This may look
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I learned the importance of simplifying the planning process and the plan itself.

What are some ways you are staying adaptive and flexible in your plans?

Key take-aways:


  • Stick to the facts 
  • Definitions matter
  • Recipients of audit reports should be clearly identified
  • Work should "stand alone," i.e. anyone reviewing the document should arrive at the same conclusion using the documentation provided.
  • Clearly identify roles and responsibilities to the parties involved in the audit
  • Follow through on action plans, require proof of action.

Areas of interest in this section:

  • The GLB act. This is the first time that I have heard of this act and used as a supplemental to FERPA.
  • The proper retention of records.
  • Vendors can be held accountable to SOX also.
  • Adherence to copy write laws and software licenses are integral and must be monitored consistently.
  • Publishers now publish on demand texts (this is very helpful to know for SMEs).

It is important to ensure that departments are operating according to policy and are holding students and themselves accountable to guidelines around Title IV funding, LOAs, Withdrawals, and other areas of procedural compliance.

Principles and resources that are key areas of note to this point are:

  • Create a culture of compliance.
  • Build a culture of best practices so that teams work to excel in areas of compliance and want to highlight their wins.
  • The sample forms are a great guide - Academic Affairs has a number of areas that are key to compliance and the audit process.
  • Make sure that the catalog is the reference point for policies and that policies are interpreted the same by teams and practiced in alignment with the policy itself.
  • When starting the audit process, do a basic
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