Best Practices in Assessing Community Engagement (BPACE or “Bee-Pace”) is a discussion and networking opportunity for faculty and staff at Campus Compact partner institutions.
PURPOSE & GOAL
The overall purpose of this opportunity is to build the capacity of individuals to assess student civic learning and development that occurs within a course or program at your higher education institution. The goal of this opportunity is for participants to create an assessment plan that can be implemented to assess the civic dimension of student’s learning and development in college.
WHO SHOULD PARTICIPATE?
All participants will be facilitated and mentored through a process of developing and implementing an assessment plan or project that targets students’ civic learning and development (e.g., working with others, civic communication, civic identity, civic literacy or knowledge). Participating in BPACE is beneficial to individuals and institutions seeking guidance in implementing, maintaining, strengthening, or expanding their current assessment plans to include a civic dimension.
Individuals in faculty or staff roles who are responsible for or oversee a course or program that involves a community-based learning component (curricular or co-curricular). Participants are expected to come with a specific project, course, or assignment in mind.
Campuses are HIGHLY encouraged, but not required, to apply as a team. Assessment is often guided by specific, disciplinary or program expectations, but when it comes to assessing the civic dimension of students’ learning and development expected outcomes are often transdisciplinary. Transdisciplinary assessment means that measuring or evaluating students’ civic learning is conducted by faculty and staff from different disciplines or programs working jointly to create new and innovative assessment practices that move beyond discipline-specific approaches so that we can inform practices that seek to help students learn the necessary skills, attitudes, beliefs and values (e.g., equity, inclusion) needed when working with diverse citizens to address common problems.
Campuses applying as a team must identify a liaison. The liaison may be an administrator, Community Service Director, or someone on your campus who is responsible for faculty or staff development related to community engagement. Teams are encouraged to also include representatives from institutional research, academic affairs, and other areas responsible for assessing student learning and development.
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