University of North Dakota Faculty/Staff Newsletter

Volunteers sought for Essential Studies assessment workshop May 15

We could use your help: we need faculty members and academic staff to serve on an ad hoc campus wide team to review student work in two Essential Studies (ES) learning goals: Information Literacy and Socio-cultural Diversity. Ideally, team members will include faculty who have taught ES courses, been involved in validations/revalidations, and/or served on the ES or assessment committees. Others are welcome too: since ES is a campus-wide program, involving the majority of our students, faculty from all majors will be good team members, whether directly involved in ES or not.

Event details: ES Assessment Workshop II

― Wednesday, May 15, 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.; lunch provided
― Memorial Union River Valley Room
― No experience necessary — assessment training will be provided on the spot

This is the second such Assessment Workshop for ES. The first was held in 2011 and examined the learning goals of written communication and critical thinking (results are reported the Fall/12 OID newsletter On Teaching: A third assessment workshop (planned for May 2014) will complete the cycle and examine the learning goals: oral communication and quantitative reasoning. Taken together, the results will give us a picture of the quality of learning in Essential Studies.

If you have an interest in what students are learning in our undergraduate programs and if you can participate, please volunteer. To do so, contact Carla Spokely or Tom Steen, Office of Essential Studies, 777.4434, or

-- Office of Essential Studies.

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