Site Visit Preparation
To help us prepare for our visit to your institution, we would appreciate it if you would address the following questions. To download a copy of this information in MS Word, click here.
- Who at your institution will serve as the visit coordinator?
- Please list your two or three primary goals for this visit in order of their priority.
- What questions do you have about your students?
- What questions do you have about your institution’s assessment data?
- What assessment evidence do you routinely collect?
- Please describe the ways in which your campus has disseminated its assessment evidence?
- What assessment evidence has, in the past, proven to be the most useful to your faculty and staff?
- In what ways have you engaged students in your assessment work?
- Do you have any prior assessment reports or pieces of evidence that you’d like us to review prior to our visit?
In setting up meetings during our visits, we have found the following to be helpful best practices for fostering campus discussions about assessment evidence:
- A preparatory meeting for Center staff, Teagle Scholars, and the visit coordinator at the beginning of the visit, to review the agenda and discuss goals for the visit.
- Setting up two to three meetings between Center staff, Teagle Scholars, and students over the course of the visit. Groups of 5 to 10 students per meeting usually work best.
- Meetings that bring people together who don’t usually interact in a typical workday. For example, the meetings could mix faculty from different departments, faculty and staff, student affairs and academic affairs, and students and faculty.
- A final debriefing session with the visit coordinator and other constituencies who will be responsible for generating follow-ups to our visit.
- A list of specific questions that you’d like us to address in our final session.
- Scheduling breaks (at least 30 minutes) after several meetings so that we have time to reflect on what we heard and consolidate our notes.
One of the members of the site visit team will most likely be a Teagle Assessment Scholar. To find out more about this program in preparation for our visit, please see http://www.liberalarts.wabash.edu/assessment-scholars/.