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Ben Mitchell

Ben Mitchell
Mechanical Engineering '06

Ben Mitchell grew up in a devout household in the central Upper Peninsula of Michigan where emphasis was placed on helping others. He traveled with his father to places such as Kenya and Peru on short-term medical missions. When he was in Kenya, a missionary explained that engineers have the greatest potential to influence the largest number of people. During high school, Ben participated in a youth mission trip to Tijuana. A result of the mission trips, his family decided to adopt three Vietnamese children when he was a junior.

All of these experiences had a great influence on Ben’s outlook on life. He decided to major in mechanical engineering and enrolled at Lake Superior State University. Near the end of his senior year, he decided to volunteer for the Peace Corps to help others.

His two-year commitment began in the fall of 2007 and took Ben to Burkina Faso in western Africa. He resides in the village of Tansila, population 3,000, approximately 10 km from the Mali border. His host organization is the local cotton growers union. It works cooperatively with other villages to improve and expand their production techniques. He serves as an agribusiness advisor as a part of the Small Enterprise Development program which helps create market linkages and assists with the advancement of business skills.

Shared Governance Assessment is an iterative process

Assessment Committee

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The Assessment Committee is one of the Strategic Committees of the University, charged with assessment oversight, promotion and support for both academic and instutional support operations. Academic assessment is an on-going, open, evaluative process focused on improving student learning.  It requires the University to make its learning expectations clear to students and to establish appropriate learning outcomes at the course and program levels.  It helps determine how well student performance matches the expected outcomes.  The resulting information is used to inform changes in courses and programs for the improvement of student learning.

TracDat is LSSU's choice of a relational database to aggregate assessment data

Tracdat is our centralized assessment database, designated to archive assessment findings and provide reporting tools for instituitonal analysis and action. http://lssu.tracdat.com

Assessment Committee Activities

Activities

Resources

Assessment Resources

  • Targeted Assessment Projects (TAP) website - an assessment mini-grant program.
    • TAP Application in Word format.
    • 2012 - Three Targeted Assessment Project mini-grants were funded for 2012, with the specific aims of enhancing and supporting school assessment activities.  Each project director will make a presentation on their project success during spring semester 2013.
    • 2013 - Two activities were funded, presentations will be scheduled during the spring 2014.
      • Assessment Examinations for Physical Sciences (American Chemical Society Examinations), Werner, $1000. Proposal, and Final Report
      • Psychology Assessment (California Critical Thinking Dispositions Inventory), Searight, $442. Proposal and Final Report
    • 2014 - Four projects were funded, presentations will be scheduled during the spring 2015.
      • Environmental Science - $1000 to pilot a major field test for seniors. Proposal - Final Report
      • Education - $250 for a faculty assessment retreat. Proposal - Final Report
      • Psychology - $411.50 Impact of Service Learning. Proposal - Final Report

Assessment 2011-2012

Assessment 2012-2013

Assessment of Student Learning


Questions, contact the Assessment Committee chair:
Dr. David Myton, Assoc. Provost dmyton@lssu.edu

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Krystal Bosley

Krystal Bosley
Political Science

"The study of political science/law is basically the path of least resistance for me. It is a subject that has always interested me, and one that I have proved to be naturally insightful in. Studying political science isn’t just the study of how governments function or how it is composed, but the study of why it exists and to what ends. In short, it is the study of what makes everything else possible."

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