DETC 86th Annual Conference
April 15-17, 2012
The Wailea Beach Marriott Resort and Spa * Maui, Hawaii
Town Hall Meeting: DETC Raises the Bar
on Outcomes Assessment
Ms. Stella Garlick, Martinsburg Institute
Dr. Cindy Mathena, University of St. Augustine
Dr. Kristi Bordelon, Teacher Education University
Dr. Leslie Gargiulo, Ashworth College
Dr. Jennifer Stephens Helm, American Public University System
Tuesday, April 17th *
2:45 - 3:45 p.m. * Maile/Haku Rooms
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It is an appropriate time for DETC to pause and review its processes for utilizing evidence of student learning to improve its practices and to better inform its assessment of quality in each of its institutions. In its statement of Mutual Responsibilities for Student Learning Outcomes, CHEA stresses the learning dynamic that places the responsibility equally on the institution and the learner, a mutual responsibility. In this shared learning responsibility it is pertinent that the expectations are clearly established and agreed upon and equally important is the need to measure these outcomes. This session will explore a proposed DETC movement towards outcomes-based assessment language and a revision of outcomes measures and standards within DETC schools. The session will be utilized to explore member feedback and concerns regarding outcomes assessment, and to further define a process for moving forward.
Topics For Discussion will include:
- Glossary of Terms (and how they relate to each other)
- Understanding the Variance -Change Management in OA
- Moving Towards a New OA Process
- The Importance of How We Show Closing the Loop
- Planning for a Training Institute
In preparation for a Town Hall Meeting to be held at the upcoming DETC meeting, the Committee on Policy C.14 and Student Learning Outcomes is asking attendees or a representative from each school to complete a brief survey on outcomes language used at your institution. Information from this survey will provide background data for the Town Hall forum where member schools will be asked to provide feedback and perspective on the use of outcomes based language and reporting at their schools.
Take the Outcomes Language Survey!
Download a copy of the CHEA Statement on Learning Outcomes! (PDF)
Download a copy of the Proposed Revisions to Policy C.14. Policy of Student Achievement and Satisfaction (DOCX)
Download a copy of the Proposed Revised Uniform Terminology Definitions (PDF)
Ms. Stella Garlick is the Vice President of Administration & Education at Martinsburg Institute, Martinsburg, WV. Ms. Garlick joined the organization in 1989 and has held a variety of positions since that time in the areas of education, student services, and general school operations. She has managed individual schools and has also had regional responsibilities. Ms. Garlick has served as a team member on numerous accreditation examination visits and has participated in many accreditation and state licensing workshops and training sessions. Ms. Garlick was a prior member of the New York State Education Department Curriculum Review Committee. She is currently a member of the DETC Research and Educational Standards Committee. She holds a B.A. in American Studies from the University of Canterbury, U.K and a Post Graduate Certificate in Education from the University of Sussex, U.K.
Dr. Cindy Mathena is the Dean of Post Professional Studies at the University of St. Augustine for Health Sciences. She serves as faculty in both entry-level and post-professional programs. Dr. Mathena not only provides patient care in the clinic, but participates in community-based practices as well. These include ergonomic and work-site analysis as well as in-home environmental assessments. Dr. Mathena oversees the Instructional Technology Department and enjoys the growth and use of technology in education she has witnessed in her 12 years with the university.
Cindy has been teaching at the University of St. Augustine since January of 1998. She attended the Medical University of South Carolina and received her B.S. in Occupational Therapy. She received her M.S. in Health Administration from Old Dominion University and her PhD is in Educational Technology with an emphasis in online learning experiences though Walden University. Her dissertation was titled: "Effectiveness of Online Education for Physical and Occupational Therapy Curricula". In her spare time she is a mother, scuba diver and guitar player.
Dr. Kristi Bordelon currently serves as the Chief Education Officer for Teacher Education University in Winter Park, Florida. Previously, Kristi taught at the elementary level. She also served as a technology coordinator for an elementary school. Since the late 1990's Kristi has been involved in online education as a course developer, instructor, administrator, and student. Kristi has presented at various educational conferences including DETC, MSET, and FETC. Kristi is an active member of the Association for Supervision and Curriculum Development, the International Society for Technology in Education, and Kappa Delta Pi. As a member of DETC, Kristi has served on various site visit committees as an Educational Standards Evaluator and as the Chair. She received her B.S. in Elementary Education and M.A. in Educational Technology from the University of Central Florida. Her Ph.D. in Higher Education Administration was earned at Northcentral University.
Dr. Leslie Gargiulo is Vice President of Education and Product Development at Ashworth College. She manages all curriculum, instruction and accreditation matters. Since 2003, Dr. Gargiulo has been an integral administrator and faculty at three accredited online universities. She was instrumental in building a new online university achieving national accreditation through the Distance Education and Training Council (DETC), and was a principal architect in achieving eligibility for WASC regional accreditation. She led an education consulting firm working with state university systems, community colleges, and school districts on program evaluation and data analysis, and brought international exposure through comparative studies. Dr. Gargiulo earned her Ph.D. in comparative education from the University of California, Los Angeles, Masters in philosophy from University of California, Riverside, Masters in physics from San Jose State University, and Bachelors in chemical engineering from University of Illinois.
Dr. Jennifer Stephens Helm, Dean and Vice-President of Institutional Research and Assessment, American Public University System, joined the University in 2005. She leads the Institutional Research and Assessment department with a focus on enhancing institutional effectiveness by providing data and information that supports and strengthens institution-wide decision making, operations management, and strategic planning processes.
Dr. Stephens Helm has an extensive background in learning outcomes assessment where she has consulted with schools, school districts, state departments of education, and school reform organizations. Prior to assuming a position with APUS in 2005, Dr. Stephens Helm worked with the Accelerated Schools Project at Stanford University, developing a nationwide electronic reporting system of outcomes for the school reform organization. She has taught at both K-12 and higher education levels. She has presented and published at both national and international conferences in the areas of school reform, distance learning, faculty development, institutional research, and assessment. Jennifer holds a Ph.D. in Educational Psychology with an emphasis on learning, development, and instruction from Texas A&M University in College Station, Texas. She also holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Psychology from the University of North Texas in Denton, Texas