What is PACE4Equity?
Program-level Assessment Capacity Enrichment for Equity (PACE4Equity) is a hybrid coaching program which equips faculty-led teams from undergraduate academic departments to build capacity for sustainable, meaningful, and equity-focused program-level assessment of student learning outcomes.
Through asynchronous online learning modules, in-person working sessions and consultations, each PACE4Equity team will plan, develop, implement, and draw evidence from a program-level assessment inquiry project. PACE4Equity program culminates in an action plan detailing the process, the project, and evidence-informed recommendations for continuous improvement.
Participating in PACE4Equity benefits programs in several ways.
Program-level assessment of student learning outcomes is a complex activity that requires collaboration and teamwork. PACE4Equity guides teams through an entire cycle of program-level assessment of student learning, which supports participants' development of the knowledge and skills needed to participate in and lead future program-level assessment efforts with confidence.
Align to campus expectations
The program-level assessment activities undertaken by PACE4Equity teams align to expectations for undergraduate program review self-study reports. When timed intentionally, participating in PACE4Equity yields much of the content required in the assessment section of the program review template.
The choices we make about program-level assessment of student learning have implications for equity. When we clearly articulate expectations for student learning (through strong Learning Outcomes statements), we demonstrate our commitment to ensuring that all of our students have equitable opportunities to learn and demonstrate their learning. Equity-minded assessment can also reveal equity gaps at work in our programs and suggest concrete strategies for closing those gaps.
How does PACE4Equity work?
Participating teams will engage in a 12-month program that brings participants through the 6 stages of the assessment cycle. Teams will engage with equity-centered assessment concepts, develop their own inquiry projects, and derive evidence-informed action plans from the results.
Program activities include: asynchronous Canvas learning modules, in-person working sessions, consultations with the Assessment team, and collaborative work with program team members.
When is PACE4Equity offered?
The Spring 2023 cohort begins in April 2023.