Fall IDEA Workshop

August 10, 2016

By Jake Glover, Ph.D.  Senior Education Officer and Director of Client Resources IDEA staff has spent the past several months gathering feedback from our partners and constituents on what they envision to be an ideal learning opportunity. The result is a series of regional workshops with broad-based learning and skill-building opportunities related to evaluation and assessment—not just for IDEA partners,… Read more →

Story Spine: Engaging in the Process of Assessment and Improvement

June 27, 2016

Guest Blog by: Mark Salisbury, Ph.D. Assistant Dean and Director of Institutional Research and Assessment, Augustana College  Sometimes those of us who swim in quantitative data for a living can forget how enigmatic our world of “mean scores” and “statistical significance correlations” appears to everyone else. To us, this stuff seems as natural as pure spring water. But to most… Read more →

Partnering to Make an Impact

May 23, 2016

By Dr. Brad K. Mazon  Director of Fundraising and Advancement Since we announced our inaugural competitive IDEA Impact Grant Call for Proposals, we have been astounded by the degree of interest. Whether it was an inquiry from a client institution, a discussion at a national conference, or a LinkedIn information request, it became clear early on that interest was high.… Read more →

The Value of Student Feedback (Regardless of Response Rates)

May 20, 2016

By Ken Ryalls, Ph.D. President, @IDEAPrez  A recent blog in Faculty Focus by Maryellen Weimer, so aptly titled Course Evaluations: How Can Should We Improve Response Rates?, called for a conversation around how to get students to complete ratings for the right reasons. At IDEA, we believe that creating value for student feedback is the most essential factor to elicit… Read more →

A Fresh Look at Student Motivation

May 9, 2016

In the recently-released IDEA Paper #59 – Motivation: An Updated Analysis, author Marilla D. Svinicki takes a fresh look at one of the topics of greatest interest to faculty—motivating students. The paper describes some of the most prominent and practically relevant contemporary theories of motivation, specifically expectancy value theory, goal orientation theory, and self-determination theory and includes suggestions about how… Read more →

How can IDEA be used to address standards for professional schools?

April 26, 2016

Pat Sullivan, Ph.D.  Director of Strategic Initiatives  Accreditation standards for professional schools are intended to uphold the ideals and standards of the profession, and thereby engender public trust by ensuring that program graduates are competent practitioners within their professions. Program accreditation standards typically include a specific body of knowledge that must be learned, skills and competencies that must be mastered,… Read more →

Culture and Commitment: The Why and the How of High SRI Response Rates at Champlain College

April 11, 2016

Guest Blog by: Ellen Zeman Learning Assessment Director, Champlain College  At Champlain College, a small private professionally oriented institution in Burlington, Vermont, we pride ourselves on what we call a “radically pragmatic” approach to education. Our hands-on pedagogy is about thinking and doing, and teaching is our core mission. Because of the centrality of teaching on our campus, we take… Read more →

Myths and Misconceptions of Student Ratings: Gender Bias and More Webinar Recap

March 29, 2016

In a recent webinar, IDEA President, Dr. Ken Ryalls, and IDEA Senior Research Officer, Dr. Steve Benton, responded to some common myths and misconceptions of student ratings and took a deeper look at the hot button topic—bias. View the webinar in its entirety here. Myths, Misconceptions and Bias Many myths and misconceptions exist around student ratings of instruction. Ryalls and… Read more →

Accreditation Guides: Putting IDEA to Work

March 16, 2016

Pat Sullivan, Ph.D. Director of Strategic Initiatives  There are some words that evoke particularly strong feelings among academicians. Let me throw out a few . . . how about self-study, or on-site evaluation, or peer-review team, or any other term related to accreditation. Now I bet you assumed I was referring to a negative association with these terms, but au… Read more →

Student Engagement in Civil Society

February 29, 2016

By Ken Ryalls, Ph.D. President, @IDEAprez  A recent blog in the Huffington Post written by Denison University president Adam Weinberg called out the responsibility of colleges to prepare students to participate and thrive in a civil society. In his words, “At the core, we need colleges to prepare students to work effectively with others—across differences—over long periods of time, and… Read more →