CAKE is something I would like to share CAKE with you, since we are all focused on building and promoting a culture of assessment within Student Affairs. Who doesn’t like CAKE? Then why not use something everyone enjoys and pair it with the concept of assessment for a more meaningful implementation. This is something we have begun to create at the University of Oregon to promote assessment within the Division of Student Life. Thanks to our Erb EMU for their ingenuity on the development of this concept and delicious acronym.
Assessment is a continuous process and therefore often challenging to weave into our daily activities.
Assessment is the systematic collection, review, and use of information about educational programs undertaken for the purpose of improving student learning and development (NILOA).
Often assessment, like CAKE, can become stale if not made a part of the everyday organization. In an effort to make it meaningful and truly a living process, it is critical to promote a CAKE model.
CAKE is a unit/department/program committee dedicated to discussing assessment planning in relation to outcomes and goals. This committee meets regularly to discuss actions related to assessment. It is connected to the Division’s assessment department. This two-way communication promotes transparency and feedback as well as improved outcomes and assessment metrics for truly demonstrating the added value of Student Affairs programming. It connects the assessment expertise from the Division-level, while promoting and integrating the subject-matter expertise at the unit/department/program level.
We are happy to share a slice of CAKE as a model of promoting assessment within Student Affairs…
Community Assessment Knowledge Experts
Serves as an advocate and lead on unit/department/program assessment and research projects
As an assessment working group, CAKE supports the development of learning outcomes and measures aligned with the Division of Student Life learning and programmatic goals. The group will serve as the unit/department/program lead on developing and measuring learning outcomes, and generate resources including competency aligned survey questions and rubrics. The chair of the CAKE working group will meet monthly with the Office of Assessment & Research in collaboration to build stronger assessment and research. This collaboration will then identify strategies on how to fully integrate and utilize feedback.
Chairperson Role Description
- The Chairperson has a strategic role to play in representing the vision and purpose of CAKE.
- Ensure the management committee functions properly
- To meet with Office of Assessment & Research at least once per month as a liaison
So, I hope this inspires you to implement your own form of assessment!