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The Assistant Provost of Curriculum and Assessment and the Director for Assessment Support are the coordinating resources for assessment of learning and other data-driven efforts to continuously improve instruction, student performance, academic effectiveness, student support services, and administrative functions on campus.

Assessment News

Fall 2021

Darius Heffernan has joined the Office of Curriculum and Assessment as a research assistant and will be supporting Robynn Shannon, the Director of Assessment support. Among other things, he'll be assisting us with completing requests for data and analysis from JobsEQ

Annual reporting for all bachelor's and terminal master's programs will resume this fall and start a regular fall-to-fall reflective practice. We're planning to expand the process to include course planning metrics beginning fall of 2022.

Darius Heffernan, research assistant, Lou Slimak, Assistant Provost for Curriculum and Assessment, and Robynn Shannon, Director for Assessment Support stand together, dressed all in black, on the mountainside at Dorsey's Knob.

Assess This!

Summer 2021

We held two week-long "intensives" on assessment of learning, curriculum mapping, using program and institutional data to support program improvement, and Board of Governors program review. Around 50 university administrators, department chairs, and program faculty attended and contributed to a incredibly productive week. On our end, what we learned from attendees has lead to even further increased access to Academic Performance Solutions (APS), supported how we perform annual review through APS, led to revisions to the annual Board of Governors program review workshop, and led to a condensed day/day-and-a-half version of the workshop that will be specifically targeting department chairs and program coordinators.

Good assessment practices:
  1. Lead to results that are useful and used.
  2. Flow from and focus on clear and important goals.
  3. Are cost-effective, yielding results that are useful enough to be worth the time and resources invested.
  4. Yield reasonably accurate and truthful results.
  5. Are valued.
  6. Yield results that are used in meaningful ways to improve teaching and learning. This can only happen if assessment practices focus on clear and important goals and yield reasonably accurate and truthful results. And using assessment results to inform meaningful decisions is the best way to show that assessment work is valued.
  7. Are sustained and pervasive. This can only happen if assessment practices are cost-effective and are valued.
-Lou Slimak

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Louis Slimak, Assistant Provost for Curriculum and Assessment 304-293-1357

Robynn Shannon, Director of  Assessment Support 304-293-0075

Darius Heffernan, Research Assistant 

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