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2017 Symposium


The Fourth Annual

Assessment as Research Symposium

Sharing Practices, Successes, and Lessons Learned


Presentations & Posters

March 8, 2017

9:00 a.m. ~ 1:00 p.m.

KL 355 ~ Third Floor of the Library

Organized by the Campus Working Group on Assessment with support from the Office of Undergraduate Education, and the Provost and Executive Vice Chancellor’s Office.



Opening Remarks
Charles Nies, Vice Chancellor for Student Affairs

Writing Diagnostic Design: Task Analysis of Program Wide Assessment
Bay VanWagenen and Mariana Abuan, Merritt Writing Program

Learning and Measuring Teamwork in the Co-Curriculum
Emily Langdon, Lizbeth Cervantes, Julie Sagusay, Sean Murray, Enrique Guzman, David Dunham, Kristin Hlubik, and Marie Supanich, Student Affairs

Building Capacity for Inclusive Excellence Curriculum Strategies in the Biological Sciences
Jennifer Manilay, Laura Beaster-Jones, and Marcos Garcia-Ojeda, Molecular and Cell Biology, School of Natural Sciences

Questions / Discussion


Making Assessment in Ph.D. Programs More Useful for Faculty and Students 
Anna Sher, Institutional Research, Assessment, and Policy Studies, UC Santa Cruz

Developing a Sustainability Communications Laboratory with and for STEM Graduate Students
Anne Zanzucchi, Merritt Writing Program and Environmental Systems Graduate Group

Assessment of Safety Practices in Undergraduate Teaching Laboratories
James H Whalen and Donna Jaramillo-Fellin, Natural Sciences Instructional Lab Support Unit

Questions / Discussion


Aligning Physical Space and Pedagogy to Support Student Learning - Assessing the TEAL Lab
James Zimmerman, Anali Makoui, Adriana Signorini, and Joan Holmquist, Center for Engaged Teaching and Learning

Grade Forecasting as a Student Motivator
Daniel Swenson, Applied Mathematics, School of Natural Sciences

Cross-Unit Administrative Assessment: Developing a Multi-Year Assessment Plan for Undergraduate Academic Advising
Karla Gonzalez, Armando Contreras, Rosalina Kaji, and Erica Robbins, Undergraduate Academic Advising

Questions / Discussion

Closing Remarks
Elizabeth Whitt, Vice Provost and Dean of Undergraduate Education

12:00 - 1:00   PART IV:  POSTER SESSION

Service Learning and Retention of Women and Minorities in STEM
Chris Butler and Corinne Townsend, Engineering Service Learning

Assessing the Value of Library Instruction Using Qualtrics Online Survey Software
Lindsay Davis, Sara Davidson Squibb, and Elizabeth McMunn -Tetangco, UC Merced Library

Teaching Problem Solving Skills in Mechanical Engineering Labs
Soheil Fatehiboroujeni, Mechanical Engineering, School of Engineering

Assessing the Impact of Joining "Libraries Very Interested in Sharing"
Dolly Lopez, UC Merced Library

Assessing Use of the UC Merced Library
Elizabeth Salmon and Joe Ameen, UC Merced Library

Students Helping Students Provide Valuable Feedback on Course Evaluations
Adriana Signorini, Mariana Abuan, and Cynthia Chavez, SATAL Program and Merritt Writing Program