Campus Assessment Network

The Campus Assessment Network, established in July 2006, is a group of individuals across campus involved in assessment as part of their professional role at NIU. Included in this group is the associate vice provost for outcomes assessment, associate director of the office of assessment services, the assistant to the vice president for assessment and enrollment analysis, the associate director for educator licensure and preparation, assessment coordinators for individual colleges, associate deans for colleges, and other interested parties. The Campus Assessment Network was established for the purpose of bringing together assessment professionals and other interested parties across NIU to better enable these individuals to:

  • communicate and network with one another on assessment issues;
  • share information and assessment tools with one another to increase effectiveness in our assessment practices; and
  • develop a shared culture of assessment and common messages of assessment to better engage and support the broader NIU community in their assessment needs.

Members of the network meet periodically throughout the year to discuss a variety of timely assessment topics such as the use of technology in assessment, eportfolio systems, assessment in co-curricular areas, and the importance of building a culture of assessment.

Meeting Notes

Contact the Office of Assessment Services at 753-8659 or for further details.

Assessment Scholarship

In 2009-2010, the Office of Assessment Services (OAS), with the support of the Campus Assessment Network (CAN), invited faculty and staff to join in a special project to help grow the culture of assessment at NIU. A group of 18 faculty and staff read Trudy Banta's book "Building a Scholarship of Assessment." The group met four times in Fall 2009 to discuss the chapters of the book and the relevance the material had on their teaching, research, and assessment efforts at NIU.

In Spring 2010, two additional meetings were held: (1) a general discussion of research and assessment and (2) a more structured discussion of research opportunities in assessment led by the director of the Office of Sponsored Projects. As the group moved forward, a variety of assessment collaborations, publications, presentations, and other activities ensued.

Selected outcomes from this endeavor can be referenced on the Assessment Scholarship page.