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Interior design, communication sciences lauded for assessing student learning

Tuesday, October 14, 2008

Two programs in the College of Human Ecology will be recognized this month for their ventures in evaluating student learning - the interior design and communication sciences and disorders.

Evaluation is essential to improving teaching and enhancing student learning at the university. "We consistently works to ensure that students are learning what they need to succeed," said Briana Nelson Goff, interim director of assessment and associate dean of the College of Human Ecology.

Award winners have developed systematic ways to ensure that the teaching taking place is top-notch, Goff said.

The Assessment Award for Accredited Programs goes to Migette Kaup, associate professor of interior design; Barbara Anderson, associate professor of interior design; Jana Hawley, head of the Department of Apparel, Textiles and Interior Design; Bob Garcia, research assistant professor of family studies and human services; and Bill Meredith, director of the School of Family Studies and Human Services.

Many accredited programs have extensive annual reporting requirements, which include assessment of student learning, Goff said. These two programs prompted a change in the annual progress reports at K-State to better fit the annual reporting conducted for accreditation requirements.

The best ways to measure student progress will be highlighted at Assessment Showcase from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Friday, Oct. 24, at the K-State Student Union.

This article was posted on Tuesday, October 14, 2008, and is filed under Apparel, Textiles, & Interior Design, College News, Family Studies & Human Services.