Leading eight-college collaborative effort in value-added assessment of student learning
Hampshire College has been awarded a $300,000 Teagle Foundation grant for an eight-college collaborative effort in value-added assessment of student learning. The project, “Improving Teaching and Learning in the Liberal Arts,” also includes Allegheny, Bard, Hamilton, Hobart and William Smith, Hope, and Vassar Colleges, and the Center for Inquiry in the Liberal Arts.
Hampshire’s Dean of Academic Development Steve Weisler is program director for the three-year collaboration. Goals include assessing the development of student writing and other foundational skills, expanding the involvement of faculty in evaluation planning, and creation of a shared database that faculty and administrators from the participating schools will be able to use to inform the improvement of teaching and learning.
The grant is part of $2 million in new grants announced in summer 2005 by the Teagle Foundation for 13 collaborative projects designed to generate and disseminate new knowledge regarding faculty driven value added assessment programs. The grants are part of Teagle’s Outcomes and Assessment Initiative, which promotes institutional as well as faculty collaboration in order to strengthen teaching and learning, and so enrich students’ college education.