University Assessment Panel

Notes from Meeting of
March 7, 2003

The eighth meeting of the University Assessment Panel (UAP) for the 2002-2003 academic year was held on Friday, March 7, 2003 at 10:00 a.m. in Lowden Hall 304.


Cassidy reviewed two items from the February agenda of the IBHE Board meeting. One item outlined the redesign of the program review process, the National Forum on the College-Level Learning pilot project funded by The Pew Charitable Trusts, and the initiative on common, institutional, and mission-specific indicators. The panel members were asked to review the institutional indicators and the mission-specific indicators NIU proposed last year, and to suggest alternative mission-specific indicators that would not duplicate the institutional indicators. This item will be discussed again at the panelís next meeting.

CHANCE Alumni Survey Results

Eaton gave some background on the survey funded by the UAP and conducted through Public Opinion Lab and its findings.   A written report on the survey was distributed to all panel members. Many of the interviewers from the Public Opinion Lab were CHANCE students, which was positive both for the interviewers and interviewees.  The feedback from the CHANCE graduates was very positive, overall, but the graduates had both positive and negative experiences with diversity on campus.

Center for Black Studies

The assessment plan and status report were reviewed. Suggestions were made to assess the minor in black studies separately from the services and programs of the center itself. The funding request to create a database was approved.

Feedback on Assessment Plans and Status Reports

Assessment plans and status reports from seven programs in Liberal Arts and Sciences were reviewed.  One funding request was reviewed and the recommendation was to not approve.

The meeting was adjourned at 12:02 pm.  The next meeting of the UAP will be March 21, 2003 in Lowden Hall 304.