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So Gen Ed Reform On Your Campus is Imminent...

How to Leverage Assessment Thinking Early and Often

Date: Thursdays, February 2nd - 23rd, 2023

Time: 2-4pm ET

Format: Live, Virtual 4 Week Course

Our LMS: Weave Academy

Cost: $225


Who Should Attend?

  • For faculty and staff tasked with supporting general education reform activities.


Level?

  • Intermediate
  • Advanced


Justification Letter:

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Course Description:

In this 4-week course, participants will be guided through the stages and steps of general education reform, from call-to-action to implementation to sustained engagement and everything in-between. At each stage, facilitators will give a brief overview of the reform stage, provide real examples of what each stage might look like on a campus, and discuss how we can apply ‘assessment thinking’ throughout the process. In each stage, participants will complete an activity to put the ideas into practice. The course will be reflective, interactive, and practical to ensure every participant leaves with useful insights and tools in hand… so when the call goes out to reform general education at your institution, you’ll be ready!

Participant Outcomes:

Upon completion of this course, participants will be able to:

  • Utilize ‘assessment thinking’ throughout the gen ed reform process
  • Serve as a collaborator and partner throughout the gen ed reform process on their own campus
  • Guide colleagues at their own institutions in making gen ed reform decisions with assessment in mind


Course Instructors:

Stephen Biscotte, Ph.D.

Director of General Education

Virginia Tech


As Assistant Provost for Undergraduate Education at Virginia Tech, Dr. Stephen Biscotte provides leadership for the Pathways to General Education and First-Year Experiences program as well as oversees communication and program evaluation and data analysis efforts across the unit of Undergraduate Education.


Dr. Biscotte is the President-Elect of the Association for General and Liberal Studies (AGLS) and Co-PI on an NSF Cultivating Cultures of Ethics in STEM Grant. Dr. Biscotte's general education relevant scholarship, particularly focused on the non-STEM student experience in STEM general education courses, has appeared in The Journal of General Education and IUPUI's Trends in Assessment. He has given keynote, plenary, and concurrent sessions as well as facilitated workshops on such gen ed related topics as innovative structures, university reform efforts, and program evaluation both locally and nationally. 


Prior to his role at Virginia Tech, for 10 years Biscotte taught high school courses in anatomy and physiology, biology, and physical science in Roanoke, Virginia and Columbia, South Carolina. Biscotte received a bachelor’s degree in biology from James Madison University. He received a master’s degree in Curriculum and Instruction: Science Education and a PhD in Curriculum and Instruction: Educational Psychology, both from Virginia Tech.

Tisha Paredes, Ph.D.

Knowledge Center Expert

Weave Education

Former AVP for Institutional Effectiveness

Old Dominion University


Until June 2021, Dr. Tisha M. Paredes was the Assistant Vice President for Institutional Effectiveness & Assessment at Old Dominion University. Prior to accepting this position in 2015, she served as the office’s Research Associate, Senior Research Associate, and Director of Assessment. Tisha helped to promote institutional effectiveness activities at all levels of the University. She has presented workshops and consulted on topics including institutional effectiveness, academic and administrative assessment, general education assessment, QEP assessment, and SACSCOC compliance. She has served on several on and off-site accreditation committees as a reviewer and led a team of reviewers. Her book, Using Focus Groups to Listen, Learn, and Lead in Higher Education, was published in summer 2018. Tisha stepped away from ODU to focus on consulting with other institutions. She is currently serving a 3-year term on the Fulbright Specialist roster, allowing her to support assessment and accreditation activities at international institutions.