Associate Dean Andrea Funk quoted regarding assessment

The Los Angeles Daily Journal, April 11, 2014 (Subscription required)


In a front-page story about law school learning outcomes, Associate Dean Andrea Funk, who is a national expert on assessment, was quoted extensively.

Andrea Susnir Funk, associate dean for lawyering skills and institutional assessment at Whittier Law School, took a survey of recent graduates to hone the learning outcomes she had developed for her skills program. She asked what research tools the alumni used, what documents they wrote most and least, and what areas they wished they’d known better when they began practice.

“You’re looking for information to help you make better business decisions” about what and how to teach, Funk said.

The school has now expanded its skills classes and is folding skills training into many of its substantive classes. By next fall, about half of Whittier’s offerings will include some “experiential learning” in addition to cases and doctrines.

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