Program-level Assessment Capacity Enrichment for Equity

What is PACE4E?

Creating equitable learning environments for ALL students is a collective responsibility at UC Davis. 

The Program-Level Assessment Capacity Enrichment for Equity (PACE4E) initiative is one of the ways that Undergraduate Education and the Center for Educational Effectiveness continue to create resources for faculty and programs that align with the university's strategic plan--with an emphasis on advancing diversity, equity, and inclusion. 

PACE4E is an online cohort-based coaching program through which departments can concurrently:

  • enact their commitment to equity in courses and programs; 
  • develop capacity in ten of the essential skills required to implement intentional, equitable, and meaningful assessment of student learning; and
  • develop capacity to document those equity-minded assessment practices in their program review self-study reports.

(It's a win-win-win!)  

Why PACE4E?

The ways in which we ask students to demonstrate their learning have consequences for equity.

The PACE4E coaching program invites faculty-led teams to join other equity-minded colleagues who are interested in developing, adapting, and/or adopting concrete strategies to ensure their students have equitable opportunities to demonstrate their learning.    

  • Q: Why should we do this now when we are already dealing with a pandemic, racial and societal reckoning, natural disasters, and a contentious national election?
  • Even in the midst of crises, we are still responsible for our students' learning.

    PACE4E offers a series of concrete steps faculty and programs can take to intentionally create more equitable opportunities for our students to demonstrate their learning. 

Who can apply?

Any undergraduate academic program can apply.

The PACE4E pilot cohort will include faculty-led teams from undergraduate academic programs. For maximum benefit, teams must include at least one tenured faculty member, at least one other faculty member, and can include up to four other members (e.g., lecturers, academic staff, undergraduate and graduate students).  

PACE4E is organized with the undergraduate program review cycle in mind. Programs entering the next cycle will benefit from starting early to develop and implement meaningful and equitable assessment efforts that yield actionable information about student learning. 

PACE4E is organized with program / department diversity, equity, and inclusivity committees in mind. Committees / working groups interested in examining the intersections between equity and assessment of student learning will benefit from a program which guides that process and a community of practice. 

How does PACE4E work?

Participating teams will meet monthly for workshops, hands-on peer-group collaboration, and coaching from the Academic Assessment Team. 

When does PACE4E begin?

The application period runs from September 21 through October 12.

Programs will be notified about participation by October 15.

The kick-off meeting and program orientation will be held on October 30.

Applications now closed for 2020-2021 cohort!

We will begin the next application cycle in Spring 2021.

How long will PACE4E take?

PACE4E can be completed in 12 or 14 months.

Click on the arrows below to see the schedule for the PACE4E program.

  • 30 Oct 2020—Kick-Off Meeting & Orientation
  • Topic A: What is program-level assessment of student learning?
    Topic B: What are the intersections between equity & program-level assessment of student learning ?
    Time required: Before workshop - 30 minutes. Workshop - 2 hours 
  • 06 Nov 2020--Workshop #1
  • Skill #1: Writing/revising Program Learning Outcomes
    Topic A: What do we expect students to learn/be able to do by the end of the program?
    Topic B: How can we increase equity with our PLOs?
    Time required: Before workshops - 30 minutes. Workshop - 1.25 hours. Follow-up - 1-1.5 hours 
  • 20 Nov 2020—Workshop #2 
  • Skill #2: Producing/revising curriculum maps
    Topic A: How do we sequence learning opportunities for students to acquire that knowledge / those skills?
    Topic B: How can we increase equity through thoughtful sequencing?
    Time required: Before workshop - 30 minutes. Workshop - 2 hours. Follow-up -  2-3 hours (includes consultation with A-Team)
  • 11 Dec 2020—Workshop #3
  • Skill #3: Determining/revising Performance Indicators (PIs) for each PLO
    Topic A: What does learning / acquisition of those skills look like?
    Topic B: How can we increase equity with our PIs?
    Time required: Before workshop - 30 minutes. Workshop - 2 hours. Follow-up - 1-2 hours per team member
  • 22 Jan 2021—Workshop #4
  • Skill #4: Determining/revising criteria for evaluation
    Topic A: What are the characteristics of excellence/mastery?
    Topic B: How can we increase equity with our criteria for evaluation?
    Time required: Before workshop - 30 minutes. Workshop - 2 hours. Follow-up - 3-5 hours per team member
  • 19 Feb 2021—Workshop #5A
  • Skill #5: Determining/revising which (parts of) assignments are used / will be used for students to demonstrate their level of attainment of each Performance Indicator -- Part 1
    Topic A: Which (parts of) assignments do we use / will we use for students to demonstrate their learning?
    Topic B: How can we increase equity through our assessments?
    Time required: Before workshop - 30 minutes. Workshop - 2 hours. Follow-up - 2-3 hours per team member
  • 12 Mar 2021—Workshop #5B
  • Skill #5: Determining/revising which (parts of) assignments are used / will be used for students to demonstrate their level of attainment of each Performance Indicator -- Part 2
    Topic: Which (parts of) assignments do we use / will we use for students to demonstrate their learning?
    Topic B: How can we increase equity through our assessments?
    Time required: Before workshop - 30 minutes. Workshop - 2 hours. Follow-up - optional consultation with A-Team
  • 09 Apr 2021—Workshops #6 & #7
  • Skills #6 & #7: Setting/revising attainment targets & Collecting the data. PLO reporting timeline
    Topic A: How many students need to demonstrate proficiency in order to consider our program successful? / How do we collect data on student learning?
    Topic B: What are the characteristics of equity-minded data collection?
    Time required: Before workshop - 30 minutes. Workshop - 2 hours. Follow-up (Workshop #6) - 1 hour; Follow-up (Workshop #7) - 2-3 hours
  • 18 Jun 2021—Workshop #8
  • Skill #8: Doing the data analysis
    Topic A: What do we do with all this data we just collected?
    Topic B: How do we promote equity through data analysis?
    Time required: Before workshop - 30 minutes. Workshop - 2 hours. Follow-up - 2-3 hours
  • Fast-Track: Sep 2021—Workshop #9
  • Skill #9: Using the results to make a plan
    Topic A: Now that we have the results, what do we do now?
    Topic B: What can we do next to sustain or increase equitable outcomes?
    Time required: Before workshop - 30 minutes. Workshop - 2 hours. Follow-up - 2-3 hours
  • Oct 2021—Workshop #9
  • Skill #9: Using the results to make a plan
    Topic A: Now that we have the results, what do we do now?
    Topic B: What can we do next to sustain or increase equitable outcomes?
    Time required: Before workshop - 30 minutes. Workshop - 2 hours. Follow-up - 2-3 hours
  • Fast-Track: Sep 2021—Workshop #10
  • Skill #10: Telling the story
    Topic A: How do we explain what we learned to our colleagues, students, and other stakeholders?
    Topic B: What were our equity successes and challenges?
    Time required: Before workshop - 30 minutes. Workshop - 2 hours. Follow-up (Workshop #10) - 2-3 hours. Workshop series follow-up: 1 hour
  • Nov 2021—Workshop #10
  • Skill #10: Telling the story
    Topic A: How do we explain what we learned to our colleagues, students, and other stakeholders?
    Topic B: What were our equity successes and challenges?
    Time required: Before workshop - 30 minutes. Workshop - 2 hours. Follow-up (Workshop #10) - 2-3 hours. Workshop series follow-up: 1 hour
  • May 2022 – Celebrating Successes
  • Celebration preparation: 1 hour
    Celebration: 2 hours

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