Belmont was recently recognized at the 11th annual Tk20 User’s Conference as a superuser due to the University’s wide use of the system. Tk20 was founded by experts in enterprise management in collaboration with senior university administrators and professors to create an integrated, assessment, planning and reporting system. Assessment Coordinator Carol Smith Walter said, “As the use of Tk20 spreads, we will have more and more ways that we can learn from the result of our students’ work. I appreciate everyone’s participation so much.”
Belmont currently uses a variety of different modules in the Tk20 platform, including the following:
Faculty Qualifications: Faculty store their CV info as well as track their accomplishments and contributions.
Planning: each Major, General Education component, and Administrative Unit enters outcomes and results in this module. This functions both to keep Belmont moving forward in continuous improvement and provides evidence to accreditors that key processes are in place.
Portfolios: Student work can now be collected through Tk20 by simple uploads from the students. This is building a foundation by which Belmont can examine progress toward University Learning Goals (Rhetoric, Content, Critical Thinking, Nature of the World). At the same time, academic programs are beginning to use Portfolios to collect student work for review and for accreditation within their units.
Juried Assessments: While we used to gather in rooms to grade hard copy papers, we can now set up Assessments can now be set up so that faculty can score a paper (or a sample from a group of papers) from whatever computer they use. They can use a common rubric built into the system and then can print an aggregate of those scores.