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Outreach School

Outreach School Assessment

Each division of the Outreach School currently utilizes some tools to assess its programs. We will continue to develop and implement effective methods to assess learning in ways that are appropriate to the mission of individual Outreach units (Action Item 2.1). Outreach Credit Programs and UW/CC will collaborate with academic colleges and departments on the integrated assessment of student learning in content areas. Wyoming Public Media will continue to utilize listener surveys and listener giving levels as appropriate measures of listener satisfaction. Outreach Technology Services will evaluate its performance as a provider of technical, production, and broadcast service both inside and outside the Outreach School.
 
The Outreach School as a whole will continue to assess its performance through a systematic series of statewide needs assessments, as well as focus groups with current students and surveys of UW alumni who pursued their academic programs or non-credit learning through the Outreach School. The newly initiated Outreach Advisory Council will provide valuable perspectives on the directions and operations of the Outreach School. Continued interactions with academic departments, colleges, and support units, along with surveys of these units’ knowledge of and satisfaction with Outreach School processes and programs, will also provide valuable feedback for the assessment of the Outreach School.
 
Specific assessment processes currently utilized include: 1.) student surveys regarding quality of course delivery and technology conducted at the end of each semester;
2.) statewide educational needs surveys administered by the Wyoming Survey and Analysis Center (WYSAC) conducted once every three years; and 3.) student surveys of quality of academic advising conducted periodically.
 
Below are links to documents presenting results of 2005 and 2008 Wyoming Survey & Analysis Center (WYSAC) statewide surveys.
 
WYSAC Outreach School State of Wyoming 2005
In fall 2004, the University of Wyoming Outreach School enlisted the Wyoming Survey & Analysis Center (WYSAC) to develop and to conduct a statewide survey of Wyoming households. The objective was to assess how well the University of Wyoming connects with the citizens of the state through various university academic and non-academic programs, offerings and services. This report summarizes the results of the study.
 
WYSAC UW Outreach School Wyoming Lifelong Learning Needs Assessment 2008
The Outreach School of the University of Wyoming enlisted WYSAC to conduct an assessment of the lifelong learning and continuing education needs of Wyoming residents. The purpose of the project was to assist the Outreach School in its mission to extend the University of Wyoming's educational programs to the people of the state of Wyoming, and beyond the state, with opportunities for learners of many ages, interests, locations, and motivations. It is anticipated that this assessment of the lifelong learning and continuing education needs of Wyoming residents will assist the Outreach School with properly addressing and attending to those needs in a responsive and informed manner.

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