I have learned how important it is to teach students to understand
and interpret the criteria by which I will evaluate their work.
As part of an institution that has articulated and shared its insights
about student assessment-as-learning, I have become both more patient
with unique paths of student learning and more consistent in my
application of standards for successful performance.
Judy Stanley, Professor of English
has become clear to me that repeated use of self assessment helps
my students feel more in control of their learning because
at any point in the semester they can describe their progress in using
the problem-defining framework integrated with management concepts
to define management problems.
Dena Liberman, Professor, Business and Management
Explicit criteria lay a solid groundwork for instruction and allow
me to offer clear applicable models for new learning. Criteria-driven
assessment, in turn, is invaluable to my objectivity and specificity
in providing feedback. Actually, the criteria/assessment process is
so logical and fundamental that, although I didn't use that terminology
in my previous decades of public high school teaching, it was intrinsic
to all work in the classroom.
Barbara Nevers, Assistant Professor, Integrated Arts and Humanities
Experiencing the assessment process changed my teaching forever. I
came to understand the necessity of an educational process that articulates
explicit learning outcomes and criteria, provides students with concrete,
developmental feedback, and addresses the whole learner. I have absolutely
no doubt that my teaching is immeasurably more effective and that
my students are receiving a superior education. The proof and joy
of this is that every semester I see tremendous growth in my students'
writing abilities, and this growth has an immediate impact on how
well they perform in other courses and in their professional lives.
This is what education is all about --- transforming people to learn
and grow and be the best they can be in their chosen fields. Assessment
at Alverno does this.
Jill Moore, Chair - Professional Communication Department