Good morning, everyone!
Do you know how students qualify to take your classes?
How does the placement process work, anyways?
Are there ways that we can improve this process to increase student success rates and reduce the opportunity gap?
Even though we often think of placement testing in relation to the subjects of the tests—English, Reading, and Math—course placement affects everyone on campus. For example, if you have a reading or writing prerequisite on your class, changes to the reading or writing placement process will affect the students in your course. Course placement also affects students’ persistence, retention, and completion, how much advising they might need, what they spend their financial aid on, and more. Because of the wide-reaching effects of course placement, it is important that we as a campus understand the process, how it affects our students, and what changes might be made to the process.
To help faculty and staff better understand the placement process, the Center for Teaching and Learning, the Multiple Measures team, and the Developmental Education and Placement Testing Committee (DEEPT-C) are hosting a panel of students, staff, and faculty on Monday, November 18 from 3-4 pm. You will have an opportunity to ask questions and hear more about the following:
- the placement process from students themselves
- the upcoming changes to this process
- the options we have regarding these changes
- decisions that we will need to make
The panel will be held in S2325—we hope many of you will be able to attend!
Here are a few other things of interest today:
- The Minnesota Star Symposium, a virtual conference celebrating excellence in teaching and learning, will be held on Friday, February 28th from 8:30 AM to 4:30 PM. More information can be found on this flyer or at the Star Symposium website.
- This article from Dan Berrett at The Chronicle of Higher Education talks about the benefits that come from making the purpose of assignments more transparent.
Last but not least, do you have an article, conference, or something else related to teaching and learning that you’d like to share with your colleagues? Send your material to Jen Miller (firstname.lastname@example.org) and we’ll share it with the campus here on this blog!
Have a great week, everyone 🙂