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

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I am presenting at the University of Florida’s 5th Annual Assessment conference on 3/22/2021; I endeavored to work in as much philosophy as I could into the presentation. Now that I have this done, I can resume my usual scurrilous blogging. Introduction This brief introduction provides the context of the discussion to follow. My involvement with assessment at Florida A&M University began in 2004. I was assigned to the newly created General Education Assessment Committee (GEAC) and participated, as a philosophy professor, in the assessment process for the Philosophy and Religion Unit. When I became the facilitator for the unit, I assumed the responsibility for completing its assessment tasks. Some years ago, I was appointed as a co-chair of GEAC and am now the chair. The Simplify, Automate, and Motivate (SAM) method was developed in the context of both roles: a professor who must wrangle information from unit colleagues to complete assessment forms and a committee chair who must wrangle information from university colleagues to complete assessment forms. While my position is hardly unique, being both a professor and something of an assessment administrator provides a useful perspective (or two) on earning faculty engagement with assessment. 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. . .

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