About the Webinar:
Over the past several years, the Washington & Jefferson College faculty has completed a comprehensive review of the current general education curriculum. The faculty worked collaboratively to design and approve a curriculum that emphasizes reflection and depth of understanding within and across disciplines, promotes integrative learning within the liberal arts, and aligns with the College’s student outcomes in ways that are more coherent and assessable.
In developing a general education assessment plan their goals included:
- Developing a sustainable assessment structure and timeline for the new curriculum.
- Developing institutional student learning outcomes.
- Reviewing the outcomes and requirements for writing, communication, and technology skills as applied to requirements of majors and how they will be documented.
- Documenting that all majors are provided writing, communication, and technology skill education.
- Reviewing student learning outcomes for diversity courses as well as a process for designating courses.
- Creating and implementing institutional rubrics on writing, oral communication, quantitative literacy, scientific reasoning, and critical thinking.
- Developing a timetable for implementation of assessment software and department/program annual assessment reports.
The Washington & Jefferson assessment model on general education focuses on education, training, and continuous feedback to faculty on the assessment process. Strategies on how to work with and educate faculty will also be discussed. The process for feedback given to faculty will also be shared.
About our Guest Presenters:
Lindsey Graham Guinn is the Director of Assessment and Institutional Research at Washington & Jefferson College. She is also the co-chair of the Middle States Steering Committee and is the Accreditation Liaison Officer.
Prior to her appointment at Washington & Jefferson she was a faculty member in Sociology and the Director of Institutional Research at Davis & Elkins College. Lindsey has also served the United Methodist church as a researcher and pastor. She was educated at West Virginia Wesleyan College, Northwestern University, and Drew University.
Linda Troost, Ph.D.
Linda Troost is a professor of English at Washington & Jefferson College.
She has published scholarly essays on a variety of subjects (eighteenth-century literature, Jane Austen, Robin Hood musicals, zombies) and written entries for the New Grove Dictionary of Music and Musicians and the Cambridge Guide to Literature on Screen. Most notably, she coedited Jane Austen in Hollywood, the first book on the recent film phenomenon.
At W&J, she teaches British Literature I, Editing and Print Design, Studies in Renaissance Literature, and Studies in Restoration and Eighteenth-Century Literature as well as topics courses in Jane Austen and in British drama. From 2005 to 2014, she served as chair of the English department; she now oversees the undergraduate program in professional writing.