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“Measuring College Learning in Art History”

Time: 02/23/2018: 2:00PM–3:30PM
Location: Room 511A

In 2013 the Social Science Research Council (SSRC) launched the Measuring College Learning (MCL) project as an opportunity to engage faculty and the broader higher education community in an effort to develop tools to understand and improve field-specific student learning. CAA has joined in this important effort by partnering with SSRC, and in July 2017, convened a panel of art historians to draft recommendations for a framework of core learning objectives in art history. This session is designed as an opportunity to share this draft document with CAA members, solicit feedback and suggestions, and respond to questions from the community.

This work builds on the success of the MCL initiative, where faculty and other experts came together to consider what students should learn in their majors and how that learning should be measured. Panels of experts from six disciplines participated in the first phase project: biology, business, communication, economics, history, and sociology. Several of the national disciplinary associations, including the American History Association, the American Sociology Association and the National Communication Association were actively involved in this project. The culmination of this work was the publication of Improving Quality in American Higher Education: Learning Outcomes & Assessments for the 21st Century (Jossey Bass, 2016). Resources from this project are available on-line here:

Speakers include:
Richard Arum, University of California, Irvine
Virginia Spivey, Independent Art Historian
Andy Schulz, The Pennsylvania State University
Jim Hopfensperger, Western Michigan University

Link to Measuring College Learning Draft Document


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