Office of Planning and Assessment

Office of Planning and Assessment


Bloomsburg University of Pennsylvania

Planning and Assessment Contacts

BU’s Office of Planning and Assessment (OPA) works with a diverse group of administrators, faculty, staff, and students to meet the accreditation, assessment, and strategic planning needs of the university.

In collaboration with the campus community, the Office of Planning and Assessment focuses on strengthening BU’s commitment to institutional effectiveness in providing a high quality and affordable education.

OPA is dedicated to:

  • Supporting academic and other units in articulating, implementing, and documenting outcomes assessment plans, the data they generate, and the actions that follow from them
  • Coordinating, communicating and supporting the implementation of BU’s Assessment Plan
  • Providing departments and committees with assessment data for accreditation purposes and with tools for meeting accreditation requirements for assessment
  • Communicating external assessment requirements to the campus community and assuring BU’s compliance
  • Analyzing and reporting data from standardized assessments to university stakeholders to guide the revision of university strategic planning, initiatives and programs
  • Serving as a communication center for outcomes assessment reporting to internal and external audiences, as required
  • Providing student testing services for academic placement
  • Administering standardized tests, such as the ETS Proficiency Profile and the NSSE, as required
  • Providing research and survey development support services for faculty and staff

Articulating BU's Assessment Plan

Bloomsburg University’s MSCHE Period Review Report must be submitted by June 1, 2014. A committee comprised of faculty, administrators, and staff members was established in Fall 2012 by President Soltz to write the report based on evidence of overall university effectiveness. The Periodic Review Report to the Middle States Commission on Higher Education consists of six sections: (1) Executive Summary, (2) Responses to Recommendations of the Commission, (3) Challenges and Opportunities, (4) Trends and Projections of Enrollment and Finance, (5) Assessment Processes, and (6) Linked Planning and Budgeting Processes.

Solicitation of public comments was conducted January through mid-April 2014. John Riley and Sheila Dove Jones co-chair this committee. Appointees include: Joan Benek-Rivera, Regina Bobak, Sheila Dove Jones, Erik Evans, Tom Fletcher, Marika Handakas, Linda Hock, Jeff Long, Debbie Mucci, Linda Neyer, Margaret O’Connor, John Riley, Rosalee Rush, Stephanie Schlitz, Lisa Stallbaumer-Beishline, Deborah Stryker, Claudia Thrush, and Nancy Vasta.