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Earning Faculty Buy-in with SAM (Simplify, Automate and Motivate) Part 1

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I am presenting at an assessment conference on March 26th and hence needed to have a presentation. As an epic challenge, I tried to work some philosophy into assessment. Here is the first part of the presentation:   The Challenge One fundamental challenge of assessment is earning faculty buy in for the process. Failure to achieve this can have a range of negative consequences. One area of negative consequences is in the realm of data. If faculty buy-in is not earned, they are more likely to provide incomplete assessment data or even no data at all. They are also more likely to provide low-quality data and might even provide fabricated data to simply get the process over with. De-motivated faculty will tend to provide garbage data and, as the old saying goes, garbage in, garbage out. A second area of negative consequences is in closing the assessment loop. Even if faculty provide adequate data, without buy-in they are more likely to neglect the other parts of the process such as their improvement narratives, reflections, and applying these results to their classes. Because of this, earning quality faculty buy-in is part of the foundation of assessment. Fortunately, there are ways to help earn the participation of faculty in the process and these include the SAM method. This involves Simplifying the assessment process, Automating the assessment process, and Motivating faculty. I will begin with Simplification.   Simplification A complicated assessment process is analogous to the tax code or the Windows Registry. This is to say that it is problematic, convoluted, torturous, difficult, and inconsistent. Dealing with such a process often requires special knowledge of all its difficult ways. Even with such knowledge, errors are likely and there are often punitive aspects to such processes that can create adversarial relationships. Complicated processes often have a random element as well—one can never be quite sure how the process will work this time around. As. . .

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