Diversity Assessment FLC
At California State University, Chico, over 100 courses, from a multitude of disciplines—from Anthropology to Philosophy to Agriculture, target Diversity as a SLO. Each course has approached the development and testing of Diversity in its own individual way.
This year the General Education Curricular Advisory Board (CAB) needed to begin assessing how well our GE program––not individual courses—is instilling of the skill of Diversity in our students. Important questions must be answered:
The definition of Diversity in the Executive Memo 10.01 is very general, so what exactly do we understand Diversity to be?
What does mastery of Diversity look like?
What are legitimate and effective ways to evaluate acquisition of this skill?
What data (evidence) can we collect at the course level, without adding unneeded work to either students or instructors, to assess Diversity?
What sort of rubric or scoring process would allow fairly quick, objective, and consistent evaluation of the data (evidence)?
A group of seven individuals were charged with answering these questions over the course of the 2013-14 academic year. Participants in this FLC took part in an intensive, year-long process, meeting monthly and communicating frequently in between. At each step we have tried to gather input and feedback from our colleagues, and we hope that this collaborative site will continue that process. We are reporting here what we have found out and the conclusions we have drawn, yet we know that more will become clear as the assessment process continues.
In this Google Site we present the results of all our work: https://sites.google.com/a/mail.csuchico.edu/active-inquiry-assessment/
Best regards from the Diversity FLC:
Kate McCarthy (MCGS)
Gail Walton (CHLD)
Laura Nice (CORH)
Kristina Schierenbeck (BIOL)
Matthew Blake (JOUR)
Rebecca Brunelli (BIOL)
Tracy Butts (ENGL)
Sara E. Cooper (ILLC, CELT DIRECTOR)