Assessment

A culture of assessment is vital to making informed decisions, advancing strategic initiatives, improving educational outcomes, and strengthening the entire organization.

Holistic assessment requires both administrative and academic units to articulate performance goals and measures of success.  For academic programs, well-defined student learning outcomes at the institutional, program, and course levels identify purpose, show alignment, and provide the foundation for an effective assessment plan that emphasizes data-driven decision making to increase student learning and success. 

The Office of Institutional Effectiveness (OIE) supports planning and assessment to foster continuous improvement and institutional excellence and coordinates efforts with the Commonwealth University Assessment Council, General Education Council, Academic Program Assessment Committee, and the Administrative, Educational, and Student Support Units Assessment Committee.  Assessment efforts are also supported significantly by the Faculty Liaison for Assessment, who leads the academic assessment efforts and mentors faculty in collaboration with OIE. 

The overall assessment structure is provided in the figure below and described in more detail in the following tabs:

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The Commonwealth University Assessment Council (CUAC) oversees all aspects of assessment, facilitates academic and administrative reporting efforts across the institution, and ensures that recommendations derived from assessment are shared broadly and result in action toward continuous improvement.  The charge and responsibilities further define CUAC’s role and purpose.

CUAC Charge: Responsible for providing governance, oversight, and advising to Commonwealth University on assessment processes to ensure disciplined self-assessment of institutional effectiveness (i.e., oversight of its sub-committees). The goal of the CUAC is to create a culture of data-based continuous improvement at Commonwealth.  The Council’s work is done in collaboration with the Faculty Assessment Liaison and Office of Institutional Effectiveness (OIE).

CUAC specific responsibilities include to:
•    Oversee the development, integration, implementation, and continuous improvement of institutional assessments, academic / academic support assessments, and administrative unit assessments to increase institutional effectiveness and student achievement
•    Receive and review annual assessment committee reports and develop data-driven recommendations to realize Strategic Plan priorities, goals, and measures and elevate student achievement 
•    Evaluate and recommend assessment instruments and supporting technologies to facilitate assessment, archive data / documentation, and report findings
•    Ensure assessment processes are aligned with budgeting and resource allocation
•    Communicate effectively (e.g., email, meetings, web) high-level assessment results to key university constituencies and committees 
•    Develop and share recommendations with President’s Cabinet

Commonwealth University Assessment CouncilNames
College Assessment Coordinators for the following:

 

College of Arts, Social Sciences, and HumanitiesKaren Guenther
College of Education and Human StudiesKim Cardimona
College of Health ProfessionsMohsin Shaikh
College of Science and TechnologyJen Whisner
Zeigler College of BusinessWai Kwan Lau
Academic Support AreaAmy Downes
AVP for OIECori Myers
Faculty LiaisonBrett Everhart
At Large MemberEd Bowman
UCC LiaisonTBD
GEC LiaisonAdrianne McEvoy
Administrative RepresentativeHeather Feldhaus
Administrative Representative (Finance Rep)Amy Laubscher
Provost or DesigneeKara Shultz
Administrative Support (non-voting member)Jessica Thomas
Technology Support (non-voting member)Shane Jones

Information / resources for CU members can be found at the Assessment and Accreditation SharePoint Site.

Additional, relevant web sites that support and / or share out institutional assessment data include Institutional ResearchOIE-Sponsored Technology, and Surveys.

 

The General Education Council (GEC) serves as the curricular body responsible for making recommendations regarding the General Education Program, including General Education Program course inclusion and any revision to the General Education Program. 
 
The GEC will serve as the body responsible for assessment of the General Education Program, with the Chair of GEC leading General Education Program Assessment.  
 
GEC Purpose:  The GEC oversees General Education at Commonwealth University, which includes coordination and assessment of the program.

The responsibilities of the Council also include: 
•    initiating, reviewing, and recommending policy changes regarding General Education; 
•    reviewing and recommending General Education curriculum; and,
•    coordinating mentoring and assessment efforts with departments involved in supporting General Education program goals and student learning objectives. 
 
GEC Composition: The GEC shall consist of 12 elected members, each of whom shall serve terms of three consecutive academic years. Each main campus (Bloomsburg, Lock Haven, and Mansfield) will elect four members at-large.  Among the four members serving on the GEC at each campus, at least three colleges must be represented. 
 
Eligible faculty must be tenured or tenure-track. The tenured and tenure-track faculty shall elect representation by campus. Faculty members will vote within their own campus.
 
The Provost of the Commonwealth University or an administrator designated by the Provost as well as the Associate Vice President for Institutional Effectiveness (or their designee) shall serve as non-voting members of the GEC.   
 
Faculty Election Procedures: Election to the GEC shall be held every Spring semester. All GEC faculty position elections for academic year 2023-2024 and thereafter shall be for three-year terms. 
 
The GEC shall consist of a Chairperson, who is also the lead for General Education Assessment. The GEC Chairperson will be elected at the final business meeting of the Spring semester. Newly elected members of the GEC shall have voting privileges in the Chairperson election; outgoing members shall not vote for the next chairperson. 
 
GEC membership:
•    Kim Batty (LHU- Rec. Mgmnt, ZCOB; term: 2023-2026)   
•    Atika Bennadi (MU – Economics & Finance, ZCOB; term:  2023-2026)
•    Jennifer Demchak (MU – Environmental, Geographical, and Geological Sciences, COST; term:  2022-2025)
•    Teri Doerksen (MU – English, CASSH; term:  2022-2025)
•    Heather Erb (LHU – History, Philosophy, & Political Science, CASSH; term:  2022-2025)
•    Jamie Foor (LHU – Psychology, CASSH; term:  2022-2025)
•    Steven Granich (LHU – Social Work, COEDHS; term:  2022-2024)
•    Luke Haile (BL-Health & Exercise Science, COHP; term:  2022-2024)
•    Adrianne McEvoy (MU – History, Political Science, & Philosophy, CASSH; term:  2022-2024), Chair
•    Mykola Polyuha (BL - Languages & Cultures, CASSH; term:  2022-2025) 
•    Loren F. Selznick (BL - Accounting & Business Law, ZCOB; term:  2023-2026)
•    Rebecca Willoughby (BL - Student Success, Non-Aligned; term:  2022-2025)

Link to legacy General Education Web Page: General Education Assessment and Resources

The Academic / Academic Support Assessment Committee oversees all aspects of academic assessment in coordination with the OIE and Faculty Liaison for Assessment. The charge and responsibilities further define the Academic / Academic Support Assessment Committee’s role and purpose.

Academic / Academic Support Assessment Committee Charge: Responsible for providing oversight and support of assessment processes to ensure disciplined self-assessment of institutional effectiveness in academic departments/programs and help the University share and utilize assessment data for decision making, resource allocation, and improvement.  The Committee’s work is done in collaboration with the Faculty Assessment Liaison and Office of Institutional Effectiveness (OIE).

Academic / Academic Support Assessment Committee specific responsibilities include to:
•    Support the development of measurable student learning objectives and their mapping at the institutional (i.e., General Education) and program levels
•    Support the development, implementation, and evaluation of assessment processes for the periodic assessment of academic and academic support programs (e.g., review assessment cycles, information/data flow, and feedback loops; annual and five-year review reporting templates; and status of submissions and follow up)  
•    Mentor and support departments in developing and implementing quality assessment plans (i.e., methods of assessment, criterion/performance targets, assessment cycles, reporting and archiving results, actions, and closing the loop) 
•    Liaise with department chairs, program assessment coordinators, and faculty to identify concerns / issues regarding the assessment process 
•    Recommend professional development opportunities to increase institutional knowledge of assessment and supporting technologies 
•    Recognize best practices and excellence in academic / academic support assessment  
•    Submit annual summary report and recommendations to CUAC according to established timelines

Academic / Academic Support Assessment Committee membership:

Academic/Academic Support Program Assessment Committee Names

College Assessment Coordinators (6)

 

 

 

College of Arts, Social Sciences, and HumanitiesKaren Guenther
College of Education and Human StudiesKim Cardimona
College of Health ProfessionsMohsin Shaikh
College of Science and TechnologyJen Whisner
Zeigler College of BusinessWai Kwan Lau
Academic Support AreaAmy Downes
AVP for OIECori Myers
Faculty LiaisonBrett Everhart
Provost or Designee Kara Shultz
Associate Deans

 

Interim Associate Dean of the College of Education and Human StudiesTodd Hoover
Senior Associate Dean of the School of NursingKimberly Olszewski
Associate Dean of the College of Arts, Social Sciences, and HumanitiesAngela Boswell
Associate Dean of the College of Science and TechnologyDavid DeVallance
Associate Dean of the Zeigler College of BusinessKen Hall
Administrative Support (non-voting member)Jessica Thomas
Technology Support (non-voting member)Shane Jones

The Program Assessment Web Page also provides significant resources for academic assessment, including relevant links to reporting templates, training videos and materials, data dashboards, and more.

The Administrative, Educational, and Student Support Units Assessment Committee oversees all aspects of administrative assessment in coordination with the OIE. The charge and responsibilities further define the Administrative, Educational, and Student Support Units Assessment Committee role and purpose.

Administrative, Educational, and Student Support Units Assessment Committee Charge:  Responsible for providing oversight of assessment processes to ensure disciplined self-assessment of institutional effectiveness in administrative and student support programs and help the University share and utilize assessment data for decision making, resource allocation, and improvement.  The Committee’s work is done in collaboration with the Office of Institutional Effectiveness (OIE).

Administrative, Educational, and Student Support Units Assessment Committee specific responsibilities include to:
•    Support the development of measurable divisional/unit goals and their mapping at the institutional, divisional, and unit levels
•    Support the development, implementation, and evaluation of assessment processes for the periodic assessment of administrative / student support units (e.g., review assessment cycles, information/data flow, and feedback loops; annual and five-year review reporting templates; and status of submissions and follow up)  
•    Mentor and support divisions/units in developing and implementing quality assessment plans (i.e., methods of assessment, criterion/performance targets, assessment cycle, reporting and archiving results, actions, and closing the loop) 
•    Liaise with divisional/unit points of contact to identify concerns / issues regarding the assessment process 
•    Recommend professional development opportunities to increase institutional knowledge of assessment and supporting technologies 
•    Recognize best practices and excellence in administrative unit assessment  
•    Submit annual summary report and recommendations to CUAC according to established timelines 

Administrative, Educational, and Student Support Units Assessment Committee membership:

Administrative, Educational, and Student Support Units Assessment CommitteeNames
Academic Affairs Division RepresentativeKara Shultz
Enrollment Management Division RepresentativeChris Lapos
Student Success and Campus Life Division RepresentativeAmy Downes
Fiscal Affairs Division RepresentativeAmy Laubscher
University Advancement Division RepresentativeNichole Lefelhoc
AVP for OIECori Myers
Faculty LiaisonBrett Everhart
Vice president from non-academic division Stephen Lee
Administrative Support (non-voting member)Jessica Thomas
Technology Support (non-voting member)Shane Jones

Information / resources for CU members can be found at the Assessment and Accreditation SharePoint Site.  One of those resources includes the Administrative, Educational, and Student Support Units Assessment Rubric, which will be used by OIE to provide some feedback to the vice presidents and the Administrative / Student Support Assessment Committee regarding assessment in this area with an intent to continuously improve work in this area.

Other OIE web pages support institutional and program assessment efforts, including Institutional Research, OIE-Sponsored Technology, and Surveys.

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