by Sarah Banks, staff writer
In mid January, the Work Program Office and the Work Program Advisory Committee reevaluated the work crew evaluation process.
Formerly known as the Genuinely Reflective Authentically Positional Performance and Learning Evaluation (G.R.A.P.P.L.E.), the form is filled out at the end of every semester by both supervisors and students.
The ‘new’ G.R.A.P.P.L.E., now the Learning and Performance Outcomes (L.A.P.O.) was put through more than a name change: the Work Program Office, and crew supervisors are working together to create a more realistic and accurate evaluation of their students’ work experience.
Each L.A.P.O. is now altered slightly by the work crew supervisor, to reflect the realistic goals of individual work crews.
The learning and performance goals are tailored for each crew, and will identify goals at the beginning of the semester.
“Redefining these learning and performance goals for each crew makes it easier for the supervisor to say, ‘I should focus on this,’ or ‘I should take that away’ if a goal doesn’t pertain to that crew,” Ellen Graves, assistant to the Dean of Work, said.
“Essentially, the L.A.P.O. functions like a syllabus for the upcoming semester. It’s a learning contract, so [the supervisors] can illustrate what knowledge and opportunities they can provide for [the student]. It also shows what is expected of students, and what they need to be present for. It’s a great way to point to specific expectations.”
This is the first semester of the reevaluation process. The amount that L.A.P.O. has changed will vary from crew to crew.
“The supervisors will have more responsibility, as they evaluate that match between goals and outcomes,” Graves said. “Supervisors have the most work to do as they talk to their crew and the Work Program Office to reevaluate their individual L.A.P.O. There is probably going to be less of a change, or a subtle change, for students.”
The L.A.P.O. can be tweaked anytime by the supervisor, if they notice a goal outlined isn’t realistic to what’s happening day-to-day on the crew.
“I haven’t seen many changes from my end yet, but I think we have seen a dramatic improvement in evaluations over the last few years,” JT Wagner, Help Desk Coorindator, said. “My understanding and hope is that we will continue the crew customy goodness as we move forward into a more SACS oriented approach.”