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Student Assessment and Outcomes

In the Office of Curricular and Student Assessment at the ISUCVM, student learning is one of our highest priorities. In addition to being outstanding researchers and/or clinicians, our instructors are accomplished teachers, and are thoroughly dedicated to student learning. Not only do we focus on great classroom and distance learning, but through the constant efforts of our faculty, instruction-related committees, and Office of Curriculum and Student Assessment, we strive to ensure that we are making the best and most informed curricular decisions possible.

Scientists understand that advances in understanding occur when important questions are addressed using systematic, theory based, scientific processes of inquiry.

    • Improved decision-making effectiveness and efficiency
    • Improved ability to recruit students and resources
    • Data for external accrediting groups
    • Opportunities for research in Veterinary Medical Education

Our classrooms, laboratories, instructional web-sites, and other learning environments provide rich opportunities for research and inquiry. Our staff are happy to help you articulate research plans and identify potentially promising areas of research, and collaborate with you on sponsored research projects, papers, and presentations.

Jared Danielson, PhD
Director of Curricular & Student Assessment
Assistant Professor
2256 CVM; 294-7945
jadaniel@iastate.edu

Dr. Jared Danielson, Ph.D., is the director of the Office of Curricular and Student Assessment and Associate Professor in the Department of Veterinary Pathology. Dr. Danielson has an M.S. degree in Instructional Design, Development and Evaluation from Syracuse University, and a Ph.D. in Instructional Systems Development from Virginia Tech. Dr. Danielson has published in the areas of instructional software design and assessment for problem solving, and teaching and learning in veterinary medical education, and has led numerous assessment efforts.

Melody Gustafson (Office contact)
Program Assistant II
2261 CVM; 294-2965
melodyg@iastate.edu

Ms. Melody Gustafson serves as the Program Assistant for the Assessment Office, joining the group in 2009. She offers many years' experience in data collection, data management, and communication skills as well as a broad base of knowledge in support operations. She earned her Bachelor's of Art in Political Science and Speech from Coe College.

Rebecca Burzette, PhD
Assistant Scientist
2259 CVM; 294-7123
burzette@iastate.edu

Dr. Rebecca Burzette, Ph.D., is an Assistant Scientist in the Assessment Office. She is responsible for using appropriate statistical techniques to analyze data and for writing reports for the purpose of curricular improvement. She earned her Ph.D. in Psychology from the University of Illinois at Chicago in 1994 and has worked at Iowa State University since 1995. 

For an overview of the results of some of our office data collection and reporting activities, have a look at the Continuous Curricular Quality Improvement.