Student affairs professionals, and those who work with students directly, know in their hearts that students learn in the co-curricular arena. Unfortunately, they do not always have a way to show that to others. Once learning outcomes have been developed, the appropriate assessment measures have to be developed because stakeholders are interested in what students are able to do in college as well as what they will do when they enter the work world. Many of the skills that employers want are the very skills that student affairs professionals teach students. In the current environment, there are calls for student learning assessment and documentation, both in and out of the classroom. Professional associations (ACPA, 2006; ACPA/NASPA, 2010) recognize the importance of student affairs professionals’ ability to assess student learning using multiple methods.This session features a case-study presentation describing the Singapore Management University's (SMU) approach to measuring graduate learning outcomes through the co-curriculum. The presentation will outline key learning outcomes and the assessment process, methods and tools used, specifically (1) the leadership roles students take up outside the classroom, (2) what facilitators and student affairs staff do to engage students in empirically proven educational practices, (3) How assessment tools are used to measure and evaluate the learning. At the end of this presentation, participants will be able to better understand the leadership skills and competencies developed by student leaders, the climate of student leadership, the cultural context and educational context of Singapore Higher Education, especially within SMU.
Kenneth Tan, Singapore Management University, Singapore
Stream: Learning Experiences, Student Learning & Learner Diversity
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