University Assessment Panel

Notes from Meeting of
March 21, 2003


The eighth meeting of the University Assessment Panel (UAP) for the 2002-2003 academic year was held on Friday, March 21, 2003 at 10:00 a.m. in Lowden Hall 304.


Cassidy distributed an article items from The Chronicle of Higher Education that discussed the shift from state support to student support of higher education.  Graduate and research programs are getting even less support from legislators.  Cassidy also gave a brief update on the budget.  The budget picture for FY04 should be clearer after the governor submits his budget April 9th.

There are several bills under consideration that are a concern to higher education.  The bills address matters that include capping tuition increments, guaranteeing a tuition rate over four years of full time enrollment, and returning the income fund to the state for re-appropriation back to the universities.  The university is following the progress of these bills closely, and Cassidy will keep the panel informed when new information is available.

Mission-Specific Indicator Feedback

Cassidy asked the panel for feedback on the mission specific vs. common and state indicators discussed at the last UAP meeting.  Areas of focus for possible indicators were teacher education, faculty development, the use of instructional technologies, partnerships, cooperative education/internship experiences, diversity, transfer credit, and other areas where NIU is strong.

Critique of the NIU Mission and Scope

A summary of the APC and UAP feedback on the mission and scope statement collected last fall was distributed; the panel thought the critique captured the discussion well.  The feedback was sent to the president along with examples of current mission statements from other NASULGC and MAC institutions.

Statewide Results Report

The Statewide Results Report is a compilation done by the IBHE of the results reports submitted by the Illinois State Universities.  The report uses supporting evidence that state schools are meeting the goals of The Illinois Commitment.  The last page of the report lists areas of focus for the future.  The Provostís Office uses this as a guideline for requesting program priority funding, and for developing its own Results Report.  The report also serves as a way to see examples of initiatives in other institutions.

General Education Assessment Plan

The panel reviewed the assessment plan submitted by the General Education Committee.  Several suggestions were made and the panelís feedback will be sent to Paul Stoddard.  The panel also discussed assessing the challenge of assessing transfer students, and suggestions on how to improve feedback from students.

Feedback on Assessment Plans and Status Reports

Assessment plans and status reports from the Colleges of Health and Human Sciences and Education were reviewed.  Three funding requests were reviewed, but not approved.

The meeting was adjourned at 12:00 pm.  The next meeting of the UAP will be April 4, 2003 in Lowden Hall 304.