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Applications now open for Best Practices in Assessing Community Engagement Group

August 1, 2016 - September 6, 2016

learn_educateBest Practices in Assessing Community Engagement (BPACE or “Bee-Pace”) is a discussion and networking opportunity for faculty and staff at Campus Compact partner institutions

Assessment is a core strategy that you should be using to better understand how your course or program influences your students’ civic learning and development.


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.


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.  See specific liaison duties outlined below.


This experience is open to all partner institutions of Campus Compact.  



Applied as an Individual Applied as aTeam with *Campus Liaison
Overview/Goal Individuals will come away with an assessment plan for their course or program that addresses student civic learning and development. Individuals will come away with an assessment plan for their course or program that addresses student civic learning.AND the campus liaison will benefit from a train-the-trainer experience that is intended to build their capacity to develop and implement assessment plans and to support others in the future.
Format of Meetings Interactive, online sessions facilitated by ICC staff and experts in the field. Participants are expected to do work on their assessment plans between meetings. Interactive, online sessions facilitated by ICC staff and experts in the field. Participants are expected to do work on their assessment plans between meetings. Note: The campus liaison will benefit from an additional mentored experience with ICC staff between meetings (discussions, readings, feedback).
Number of Sessions Facilitated 5 online bi-monthly sessions 5 online bi-monthly sessions plus 2 online campus liaison meetings.
Feedback on Assessment Plans Feedback is provided by ICC staff/facilitators and possibly experts in the field (as needed). Feedback is provided by the campus liaison. Campus liaisons will be mentored by ICC staff/facilitators on how to give constructive feedback.
Anticipated Time Commitment Attend bi-monthly online sessions (1.5 hours). Prepare for online meetings (readings, work on assessment plans – about 2-4 hours over eight weeks). One additional interaction (outside of normally scheduled meeting times, 1-2 hours) with ICC staff or facilitator(s) to receive feedback on assessment plan. Team members: Attend bi-monthly online sessions (1.5 hours) Prepare for online meetings (readings, work on assessment plans: about 2-4 hours bi-monthly).Attend 1-on-1 meeting with your campus liaison for feedback on your assessment plan. Campus Liaisons: In addition to activities listed above, you will attend 2 online campus liaison meetings (1 hour each) and manage communications and logistics (varies).Facilitate 1-on-1 feedback meetings with your participants (varies depending on number of participants, but ~1 hour per person)
Manage communications and logistics ICC staff/facilitators will serve as the point of contact and manage communications, resource sharing, and logistics. Campus liaisons will be responsible for communicating with the participants from their institution, the sharing of resources, and managing logistics (reserving space, connecting to the online meetings, communicating dates and deadlines to participants).
Application Fees Indiana Campus Compact partner institutions: $150 Other Campus Compact partner institutions: $225 Non-CC institutions: $425 Application fees will be invoiced to you or your institution. Indiana Campus Compact partner institutions: $100 Other Campus Compact partner institutions: $150 Non-CC institutions: $375 Application fees will be invoiced to your institution.


  • There are two types of participation for this group (liaison and team members) and therefore there are two levels of expected outcomes from this group. After completing this opportunity:
    • Individual participants can expect to be able to:
      • List and compare a variety of civic outcomes and how they apply to your course, program, curriculum, discipline, etc.
      • Identify appropriate assessment tools that align with the intended outcome and evaluate tools for applicability.
      • Practice applying assessment tools (direct or indirect) to student artifacts in order to measure civic learning and development.
      • Design a comprehensive assessment plan to apply to a specific course or program.
    • Campus Liaisons can expect to be able to-
      • See “Individual participant” outcomes above.
      • Appraise your own abilities to design and instruct others on assessment practices related to civic outcomes of community engagement activities.
      • Compare and contrast different bi-monthly session characteristics to identify the best practices in this experience that lead to learning and development of campus constituents.


Teams are facilitated through the bi-monthly, online, interactive sessions by Anne Weiss, Director of Assessment, Indiana Campus Compact. You can contact Anne anytime during the application process to ask questions about this opportunity. Depending on interest in this program, additional experts from the field may be involved.


We will hold bi-monthly webinars on the following dates, please secure them on your calendar now:

  • Tuesday, October 4, 2016
  • Tuesday, December 6, 2016
  • Tuesday, February 7, 2017
  • Tuesday, April 4, 2017
  • Tuesday, June 6, 2017

 *Liaison duties include:

  1. Identifying, applying for, and paying the application fee for your institution’s team to attend this opportunity.
  2. Securing a physical location at your campus (i.e., a meeting room) and the necessary technology (computer, internet, video camera and microphone) so that your group has a place to show up and work in while attending the online, bi-monthly interactive sessions.
  3. Supporting and encouraging the completion of the assigned readings and other work by your participants so that they have a completed assessment plan at the end of this experience.
  4. Meet (via technology) at least once, outside of the normal schedule of this group, with the facilitator of this group to ensure that coordination and completion of the assignments are realistic, meaningful, and advantageous for your institution’s participants.
  5. Meet at least once, outside of the normal schedule of the webinars, with the facilitator to review homework assignments and to develop your capacity to offer constructive feedback to your participants.
  6. Schedule 1-on-1 feedback meetings with each of your participants at least once. You will be, for example, encouraged to offer feedback on their learning outcome statements, data collection strategy, assessment measures, and their overall assessment plan.


If you have any questions about this opportunity you can:

  • View more information about BPACE HERE>> BPACE Info Session 08252016
  • Email or call Anne Weiss at haweiss {at} iupui(.)edu or 317-274-6500

This webinar is part of the Informing and Bettering our Work series


August 1, 2016
September 6, 2016
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