For the past year, I have been a student again. Once I finish a final paper (hopefully tomorrow), I will be receiving a Graduate Certificate in Assessment and Institutional Research from Sam Houston State University.
I enrolled in the program at “Sam” (as students call it) because I wanted to receive formal instruction in assessment, institutional research, data management, statistics, and, more generally, higher education. These were areas where I was mainly self-taught, and I thought the online program at Sam Houston would give me beneficial skills and knowledge. The program has certainly not disappointed. The courses were excellent, the professors knowledgeable, and the technology flawless. I paid for the program out-of-pocket, and it was worth every penny. It has made me better at programmatic assessment and institutional research. (I also turned one of my research papers into an article, which just came out this week.)
But the program had another benefit: It has made me a better teacher. Continue reading