Faculty Learning Community on Critical Thinking
Amy Liu, CSU Sacramento
The Faculty Learning Community on Critical Thinking intends to show how the Office of Academic Program Assessment (OAPA) at Sacramento State has worked with the Center for Teaching and Learning (CTL) and faculty on campus to explicitly integrate the annual assessment of program learning outcomes into our 6-year program review and institutional assessment efforts.
We have used Backward Design (McTighe & Wiggins, 2004; Wiggins and McTigh, 2005; Wiggins, 2005) and mixed methods (Lowenthal & Leech, 2010; Morgan, 2007; Pike, 2002; Onwuegbuzie & Leech, 2005) to redesign the assessment of critical thinking at the course, program, and institutional levels. In this new effort, we have asked our programs and our faculty to explicitly identify critical thinking as their learning outcome, articulate how this learning outcome is connected to the mission of the university and the missions of the department and/or the program. We have worked with faculty from different programs to set standards of performance for critical thinking at the course, program, and institutional levels, and will assess the critical thinking skill, interpret the results, and come up with conclusions that show whether our majors and/or institutions have achieved the standards by the time students graduate from our program. If students have not met the minimum standards, we will come up with plans to improve this learning outcome so as to achieve our goal. We have also worked with programs that start their program reviews to update their assessment plans to show how the programs can assess all their learning outcomes in five years and then use the 6th year for a comprehensive program review and self-study.
Amy Liu recently graduated from the WASC (Western Association of Schools and Colleges) Assessment Leadership Academy. She is an expert in assessment, program review, and survey research. As the Director of the Office of Academic Program Assessment, she works closely with the Assistant Vice-President for Academic Program, college deans, department chairs, and program directors to provide support for all the programs (undergraduate, graduate and credential programs), departments, and colleges that need help in annual assessment, program review, WASC accreditation, and other accreditation needs.
Dr. Liu is professor of sociology and Asian Studies. As the director of the Sociology Graduate Program since 2006, she is responsible for student advising, course offering, class scheduling, reviewing of graduate applications, and admission to the sociology graduate program.
As the director of The Sacramento State Annual Survey of the Region from 2002 to 2009, she has conducted more than 20 surveys related to quality of life and public opinions on a wide range of important issues in the Sacramento region and the United States, including housing, transportation, water and environmental issues, growth, and immigration. She has produced 54 reports, conducted more than 100 media interviews, and presented many academic papers.
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Hayward, CA 94542
October 3, 2014 – Research Fellowship applications for 2014-15 due.
Now accepting applications for Fall 2014 Research Fellowships.