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Placement 360: Implementing Multiple Measures

Moving Through Design to Practice

  • Is your college looking for support to fully implement multiple measures?
  • Do you wonder how to navigate the larger cultural shift away from placement as a static experience and towards a participatory, dynamic, and educational process?

In partnership with expert practitioners our community and technical college system and funded by College Spark, Placement 360 offers a yearlong mentorship opportunity for cross-functional campus teams as they implement multiple measures on a broad scale to effectively, efficiently and equitably place students.

Contact

Jennifer Whetham
Program Administrator, Faculty Development
jwhetham@sbctc.edu
360-704-4354

 
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While many of our colleges have access to multiple measures, many of our colleges use “alternative placements” as exactly that — alternatives. A single measure, Accuplacer or a similar placement test, is often used as the primary measure for the majority of our students system wide.

Implementing a multiple measures approach requires:

  • Effective collaboration with multiple stakeholders on campus
  • Complex institutional navigation (shifting resources, understanding registration and enrollment systems, institutional politics)
  • A major paradigm shift away from placement as a static output and towards placement as an educational process
  • Creation of tools for implementation, training, and assessment of the multiple measures approach

If your campus has developed alternative measures for placement (such as high school transcript grids), or is in the process of developing a tool, you know the substantial amount of time and consideration it takes to create a meaningful tool that correlates to your courses. Once the measure/tool is created, the degree to which it is used for placement relies on many factors that require inviting different stakeholders to the table.   

Therefore, participation in Placement 360 will help your campus

  • create (or strengthen) how your cross functional team works collaboratively to ensure successful implementation of multiple measures on your campus;
  • find time, space, and generative structures so your team can identify achievable goals and a realistic plan;
  • provide scheduled support and accountability as your team moves through its plan to fully realize your campus goals.  

This professional learning series promises the thing that money cannot buy — time and space to design, problem solve, and brainstorm with both experts who have successfully implemented multiple measures at their institutions and with other college teams who are working towards the same outcome of implementing a full portfolio of multiple measures.

Your team should consist, ideally, of 4 to 6 people. Team make-up will vary, but we suggest a mix of faculty (English, math, BEdA), staff (testing center staff, IT, advising) and a key administrator (dean or vice-president) who oversees placement.  Other suggestions include BEdA Deans or directors, or someone who is charged with equity work on your campus.

Your cross-functional multiple measures implementation team will participate as a team in three events and six mentor calls throughout 2017-2018. 

Your team should consist, ideally, of four to six people. Team make-up will vary, but we suggest a mix of faculty (English, math, BEdA), staff (testing center staff, IT, advising) and a key administrator (dean or vice-president) who oversees placement.  Other suggestions include BEdA deans or directors, or someone who is charged with equity work on your campus.

Spring 2017

First Mentor phone call

One of our two expert practitioners will contact your team to set up your first mentor call. Shannon Waits (Highline) or  Marcie Sims (Green River) will facilitate a needs assessment to help us better design the kick-off event Aug. 16 and 17 at Semiahmoo.

Summer 2017

Kick-off event Aug. 16 and 17 at Semiahmoo

Fall 2017

One to two Mentor phone calls

Your mentor, Shannon or Marcie, will set up one to two phone calls with representatives of your team as you begin to implement your plan. In addition to checking in and seeing how things are going, we will collect information to help us responsively design the winter 2018 gathering.

Winter 2018

One day Convening

Teams present on their progress to date and problem solve barriers with placement experts and other teams.

One to two Mentor phone calls

In addition to checking in and seeing how things are going, we will collect information to help us responsively design the spring 2018 gathering.

Spring 2018

One day Convening

Teams present on successes, challenges, and participate in activities designed to foster reflection. Develop evaluation and plan for next steps.

One to two Mentor phone calls

Your mentors will follow-up with your team to help you think about next steps now that this professional learning experience has come to a close.

Placement 360 is free to attend.

Register for Placement 360.

Space is limited to 10 teams, so please submit your application as soon as you can.

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