What is PACE4Equity?
Creating equitable learning environments for ALL students is a collective responsibility at UC Davis.
Program-Level Assessment Capacity Enrichment for Equity (PACE4Equity) is a team-based hybrid coaching program for faculty-led teams from undergraduate academic departments. The program provides teams with the skills and knowledge necessary to develop and implement equity-minded, sustainable, and action-oriented program-level assessment of student learning.
Accreditation is a peer-reviewed process intended to continually improve accredited institutions.
A primary goal of accreditation is "to assure the public that institutions act with integrity, yield high-quality educational outcomes, and are committed to continuous improvement" (Handbook of Accreditation, p.
How can we improve student learning?
Act on the results
Celebrate successes and acknowledge areas in need of improvement.
"Consequential validity posits that assessment must be valid for the purposes for which it is used, consistent with relevant professional standards, and--this is the key point here--that the impacts or consequences of its use should be factors in determining validity" (Hutchings, Kinzie, & Kuh, 2015, P. 41).
We have collected student work. Now what?
Make sense of the evidence of student learning
"Collecting data is one thing, but making sense of them is something else. We want to use analytic techniques that are simple, direct, and effective" (Allen, 2004, p. 131).
What can we learn from these results?
TOOLS & TIPS
The results of assessment activities are most meaningful when they provide insight into student learning in comparison to something else, i.e., analysis of aggregated students’ performance in relation to program learning outcomes.
An aligned curriculum is one in which there are direct, intentional, and transparent relationships between Program Learning Outcome (PLOs), Course Learning Outcomes (CLOs), and equitable opportunities for students to learn, develop, and demonstrate their attainment of PLOs.
Curriculum analysis is the process that results in a curriculum map.
When and how often does your program provide students opportunities to demonstrate their learning?
Curriculum analysis and mapping for equity
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