Assessment of Student 



Members of the Assessment of Student Learning Committee

VICKY DEMOS (1st term 99-10) SSfac CHAIR

Stacey Parker Aronson (1st term 98-00) HUMfac

Dian Lopez (1st term 99-01) SMfac

Jacqueline Edmonson (1st term 99-01) EDfac

Eric Klinger (1st term 98-00) SSfac

Jenny Nellis (for the Dean)

Tim O'Keefe (1st term 99-01) HUMfac

Engin Sungur (2nd term 99-01) Smfac

Mike Jones STU

Nathan Thooft STU

Meeting Place & Time

Meeting Place: Prairie Lounge with the exception of four dates - 10/1,15,22/99 &

11/12/99 (for these dates the meeting place is Mocassin Flower Room.)

Meeting Time: Fridays 3:30-4:30 pm.


DATE: September 24, 1999 (Friday)

TIME: 3:30-4:30 pm

PLACE: Prairie Lounge


At the meeting, we wish to accomplish two tasks:

1) Receive your feedback on our discussion and reach a consensus about our goals.

2) Set up our subcommittee structure.

With respect to goals for the year, we would like to:

1) Complete Assessment Plans

With the exception of the writing, abstract and historical perspectives component, we need to obtain plans for each of the other GER components as well as the common course.

2) Visit with each academic unit, offer help in developing assessment instruments and facilitate the implementation of assessment.

3) Publicize the Assessment Committee

Clarify the purpose of the committee as one of assessing student learning not necessary evaluating teaching.

Clarify the status of the committee as a faculty not an administrative committee.

Explain how the committee can help in the assessment process.

4) Prepare for NCA visit by:

providing enough publicity and talk about assessment that individual faculty will be able to knowledgeably respond to NCA queries about what UMM is doing in this regard.

5) Provide and receive contact from other institutions regarding assessment.


We would like to accomplish these goals through three subcommittees:

• Unit Assessment Sub-committee (Facilitates discipline and co-curricular program assessment processes; meets individually with each unit.)

• Joint Sub-committee (with Curriculum Committee) for Assessment of General Education

• Promotion and Assessment of Assessment Sub-committee

For Fall Semester, we would like the subcommittees to work on their tasks and report on their progress at the second committee-as-a-whole meeting on November 12. At the third and final meeting of the semester, December 10 we like to have a discussion of sub-committee reports and consider what work we will do in the Spring Semester.


A detailed description of the responsibilities of each sub-committee follow:


Unit Assessment Sub-committee

Duties: To design discipline and co-curricular academic program assessment processes survey and input forms, to evaluate planning and application stages of the discipline and co-curricular academic program assessment processes.

"To facilitate discipline and co-curricular program assessment

processes. The committee will meet with each discipline to answer

questions about the discipline's assessment plan and offer to help them

carry through the assessment."

Membership: director of the assessment, three faculty and one student member of the Assessment of Student Learning committee

Joint Sub-committee for Assessment of General Education

Duties: To develop a comprehensive and detailed assessment plans for the general education, to design assessment instruments and oversee their implementations, to produce reports on the implementation for the Curriculum and Assessment committees.

"To develop a plan to assess the general education program (including

measurement instrument), to oversee its implementation, and to produce

reports for the Curriculum and Assessment committees."

Membership: chair of Curriculum committee, chair of Assessment of Student Learning committee, director of assessment, one faculty member from Assessment committee, coordinator for Common course,one faculty member from Curriculum committee, one faculty member from outside the membership of the two committees, one student from either one of the two committees.


Publicity and Review Sub-committee

Duties: To assess and promote the UMM Assessment Plan, to develop and implement instruments to measure the overall effectiveness of the assessment process, to produce a mechanism that will provide information on the opinion and attitude of the faculty toward assessment and help to see the changes on opinions and attitudes throughout the years, to clarify the needs of the units, to produce reports to improve the assessment process.

"To promote assessment at UMM; to educate and inform UMM faculty about

assessment, to provide institutional information to those outside of UMM

about the UMM assessment plan, to review the work of the Assessment

commitee and sub-commitees and to provide feedback to them about the


Membership: one faculty from outside the membership of the Assessment of Student Learning committee, two faculty and one student member of the Assessment of Student Learning committee



Time Table for 1999-2000 Academic Year Fall Semester

Organizational Meeting

September 24, 1999 (Friday)

Discussion on 1999-2000 Objectives & Sub-Committee structure


Set up Assessment Sub-Committee


Letter to the Curriculum Committee


Letter to the Units Together with Their Plans




Mid-Semester Meeting

November 12, 1999 (Friday)

Discussion on Sub-Committee Mid-Semester Reports




End-Semester Meeting

December 10. 1999 (Friday)

Discussion on Sub-Committee Reports


Suggestions for the Future Direction