Assessment of Student Learning


DATE/TIME: Tuesday, May 19, 1998

3:00 PM in the Prairie Lounge

SUBJECT: Minutes of the Twelfth Meeting of the Committee on Assessment of Student Learning

PRESENT: Bert Ahern (Chair), Mary Elizabeth Bezanson, Jim Cotter, Aaron O’Leary, Erica Rosch, Dean Sam Schuman, Engin Sungur (Coordinator of Assessment)

ABSENT: Mario French, Tom Johnson, Carol Marxen



Subcommittee Reports

Assessment of Assessment

Unit Assessment

Gen Ed

Progress Report on Senior Surveys

Review of the Year’s Tasks

Assessment Budget for Next Year


Proposed Budget for 1998-99


Subcommittee Reports

¨ Assessment of the Assessment (Bezanson, French, Johnson, Ng)

Surveys have been sent to discipline coordinators and 21 out 33 have been returned todate. The subcommittee is meeting this week to work on final report.

¨ Unit Assessment (Cotter, French, Johnson, Sungur)

On ASL web page, you can find the unit assessment plans. Sungur meeting with units and offering feedback.

¨ GenEd Interim Report (Ahern, Klinger, Leroux, Taylor, Schuman, Sungur)

The three components are writing, abstract systems, and historical perspectives. Revision of history approach.

Progress Report on ‘98 Senior Surveys

We have received about 170 surveys so far. (Sungur working with UM to develop electronic surveys on all campuses.)

Review of the Year’s Tasks

Have we caught everything that needs to be done? Pretty much on track. Acceptance by campus of assessment plan - Campus Assembly voted to do it. Not everyone has to agree/be happy about it. How well engaged are people with it? Progress Report will be sent to NCA in June.

Assessment Budget 1998-99

NCA requests an institutional commitment. It would show our commitment to have a specific/separate budget for assessment. Strongest position when line item to show our commitment. The question is "Where is the money coming from?" There is a line item for UMM but not enough money. Money will be coming from here and there. Is budget realistic? Need to make Director of ASL an attractive position.

Motion made/approved to accept budget request.


Last meeting is scheduled for June 2 at 3:00 PM in the Prairie Lounge.

Meeting adjourned at 4:00 PM.