The first ever KU Student Learning Symposium, presented by the Office of the Provost and the Center for Teaching Excellence, took place on Saturday April 18, 2015 at the Oread Hotel.Purpose of this event: Bringing together faculty, administrators, staff and students to leverage student learning and success data for educational improvement, the Student Learning Symposium creates an occasion to look at the results of all that we have done, and to use these findings to plan for the future.Exploring and using assessment results collected from all sources to illuminate what is going on in the classrooms and beyond, participants will: 1) access rich information about own unit’s academic programs; 2) contribute to collaborative, evidence-based decisions about student learning and success at KU; and 3) increase awareness of the value of assessment at KU.
As part of the gathering, two awards were presented to Departments for their exceptional effort in support of the new KU curriculum and assessment. Chris Brown and Bob Hagen accepted the university degree-level assessment award for work that they and others have done in the environmental studies program. Chris Fischer, in photo at right, accepted the Chris Haufler Core Innovation Award on behalf of the Physics and Astronomy department. Joining them at the Student Learning Symposium on Saturday were Provost Jeff Vitter, left, and Haufler, second from right. The full story can be accessed at this link.