Quality in Undergraduate Education (QUE)
Spring Meeting 2004
First, we will provide for structured reflections on QUE's accomplishments and disappointments (guided by our evaluators, Policy Studies Associates). We will analyze the factors that either enhanced success or created barriers to progress, and by the end of the day we will have a fairly detailed history of QUE, from 1997 to 2004.
Next, we will ask QUE colleagues to demonstrate successful techniques (standards-setting, curriculum mapping or revision, assessments, etc.) so that the group can reflect on lessons learned. This section will include observations by the consultants who have guided our progress.
Finally, we will think about how QUE can influence activities at our own and other institutions and projects.
With this structure in mind, please bring to the Denver meeting:
1. A list of perceptible changes that QUE has made in your professional life; the curriculum of your department; your syllabus; and/or your colleagues' professional work;
2. Assessment activities, standards, or curriculum changes not previously shared with QUE colleagues.
3. Plans and/or suggestions for continuing the work of QUE.
Thursday April 15, 2004
5:00 p.m. Planning meeting with Ron, Gloria, Ruth, Susan, Leslie Anderson and the PSA team
5:30 p.m. Cocktails and Dinner
7:00 p.m. Ron Henry: The Accomplishments of QUE
8:00 p.m. Cluster meetings
7:30 a.m. Breakfast
8:30 a.m. What We Have Been Doing for Four Years
Leslie Anderson and the PSA team will explain their evaluation techniques,
why they have been taking notes and asking questions, and what they have
learned about QUE.
9:30 a.m. Collecting the History of QUE: Simultaneous Cluster Meetings and Small-group Interviews
A). Clusters meet to document what has been accomplished in QUE since 1997, guided by a series of organizing questions.
B). In two teams of two people each, the PSA researchers interview all subgroups by cluster, discipline, and whether 2-yr or 4-yr institution.
12 noon. Lunch
1:00 p.m. Resume history of QUE.
4:00 p.m. Plenary: Highlights, Problems, progress
Representatives of clusters will report on what the retrospective process is revealing.
5:30 p.m. Dinner on your own
Saturday April 17, 2004
8:30 a.m. Mini-conference
Clusters and institutions will demonstrate what worked for them, such as standards-setting processes, curriculum-mapping, institutional strategies, assessments.
12 noon. Lunch
1:00 p.m. What the Consultants Saw
Presentations by the discipline consultants on their experience with QUE and discuss how QUE relates to national trends and similar efforts in the disciplines.
3:00 p.m. Break
3:30 p.m. Summing up the Significance of QUE
Andrea Leskes, Vice President for Education and Quality Initiatives at the American Association of Colleges and Universities, will summarize the two days' work and reflect on QUE's place in the national spectrum of change in postsecondary education.
5:30 p.m. Cocktails and Celebratory Dinner
8:00 a.m. Breakfast and Farewell Address