The National Association of System Heads (NASH) has selected the University of Wisconsin System as one of four systems to participate in a focused project within its Taking Student Success to Scale (TS3) initiative. This project is focused on defining, assessing, and "scaling up" High Impact Practices (HIPs) to make them accessible and of high quality and impact for all students. UW-W will initially focus on Community-Based Learning and Student Employment. The work on defining best practices for these two HIPs will inform the scaling of other HIPs across out university. This work is funded by a $1.2 million grant from Lumina Foundation. For more information about NASH, please click here.
A one-day, two-track workshop took place on Wednesday, January 16th. One track focused on Community-Based Learning (CBL), and the other track focused on Student Employment. The aim of the workshop was to define the essential learning outcomes for CBL and Student Employment at UW-W, and to create a rubric to evaluate them in all CBL courses and in all student employment experiences.
Primary goals of the Community-Based Learning Workshop:
1. Define and refine essential learning outcomes for CBL at UW-W.
2. Evaluate existing rubrics from IUPUI, AAC&U, and UW-Parkside.
3. Use the rubrics to develop ONE campus-wide rubric to assess student essential learning outcomes.
4. Discuss components that should be included in a CBL course-designation rubric.
Primary goals of the Student Employment Workshop:
1. Highlight and discuss the 8 Essential Elements that make student employment a High Impact Practice.
2. Define student essential learning outcomes (SLOs) for student employment.
3. Learn how to assess student learning as a result of students' employment experience.
4. Evaluate AAC&U rubrics that assess life-long and integrative learning. Consider adaptation to design a student employment rubric for UW-W.
5. Share impressions of A Good Job to help shape the work at UW-W.
The Student Employment Workshop generated numerous resources, including assessment templates and student employment position descriptions. Please click here to access those resources.
*Note that you will need a UW-W NetID to access these.