B 13 Recasting Assessment to Transform Learning: An Integrated Approach

Sunday, 17 November 2013: 11:00 AM-12:15 PM
Description/Overview: This symposium will provide a comprehensive overview of the details of the transformational process of one School of Nursingís journey in refocusing and realigning outcomes to improve student learning and achievement. Presented will be the process faculty underwent in preparing for professional accreditation and developing a more meaningful assessment plan in connecting best practices to curriculum in order to assess student outcomes. The assessment process of how one school of nursing moved from an end of program evaluation to a more comprehensive look at the assessment of student learning, as well as student and faculty outcomes will be discussed. This presentation will illustrate how this school structured its assessment plan to align with the academic institutionís mission and goals. Participants will glean insights into how the assessment plan was constructed to include meaningful assessment measures and how data were used to inform curricular decisions. This presentation illustrates how one programís journey on restructuring an assessment plan into a more meaningful process can inform the decision-making process and influence student and program outcomes.
Learner Objective #1: Describe the process of developing a meaningful comprehensive assessment plan connecting best practice, curriculum and student outcomes.
Learner Objective #2: Discuss how the development of high impact practices lead to the development of meaningful assessment of student leaning.
Moderators:  Jean S. Shinners, PhD, RN-BC, Versant, Ithaca, NY
Symposium Organizers:  Kathleen Williamson, PhD, RN, School of Nursing, Widener University, Chester, PA
Assessment: Refocusing and Realigning Outcomes

Kathleen Williamson, PhD, RN
School of Nursing, Widener University, Chester, PA



Assessment: Linking Best Practices to Outcomes

Rose R Schwartz, PhD, RN
School of Nursing, Widener University, Chester, PA



Assessment: Linking Outcomes to Impact

Cherie S Adkins, PhD, RN
School of Nursing, Widener University, Chester, PA