University Assessment Panel

Notes from Meeting of
 February 6, 2004

The sixth meeting of the University Assessment Panel (UAP) for the 2003-2004 academic year was held on Friday, February 6, 2004, at 10:00 a.m. in Lowden Hall 304.


There are several good articles in the current issue of Assessment Update.  The panel members recommended reading “Making Achievement Possible, or a Unique MAP for College Freshmen;” “Developing a Survey to Assess Student Learning Outcomes in Academic Advisement;” and “Developing and Assessing Communication Effectiveness.”   Cassidy will check into ordering the first of three Assessment Update Collections on the uses of portfolios in assessment.

The Higher Learning Commission site visit is February 23-25.  The self-study will be posted to the NIU homepage.  Cassidy is working on logistics for visit.  Donna Askins and Jan Rintala are collecting documents and developing an inventory of the items for the resource room.

Alumni Survey Revisions

Barnard will check to see if Perseus has the ability to adapt the online survey for visually impaired students.  As a test, it was recommended that Barnard contact Prof. Kapperman to see if he has any problems accessing the survey.  Panel members discussed adding a question that asks if the student has an undeclared disability.

Career Planning & Placement Center Assessment Plan

Cassidy welcomed Ron Short and Ellen Anderson from Career Planning & Placement Center and the panel conducted introductions.  The panel thought the plan was good; multiple measures were identified, and the reporting of data showed how it had been used to modify and add services and activities. The panel had suggestions for shifting their focus away from the way they do programs to how it affects students and their learning outcomes. A discussion of the benefits of having an outside team to come and evaluate their program followed. The panel approved the funding request.

Mary Munroe Presentation

Mary Munroe, Associate Dean of the University Libraries, gave presentation titled The Really New Statewide Assessment.   Munroe began a 4 year project in 1998 to catalogue what is available in 86 libraries in Illinois.  She demonstrated how the database can be accessed, the types of analysis available, and how to use the data.

Withdrawing/Non-Returning Student Survey

Barnard distributed copies of the proposed Withdrawing/Non-Returning Student Survey.  The panel made several suggestions for revisions and Barnard will make the recommended changes.  The survey will be sent to students who were enrolled in 2002-2003, but did not return in fall 2003: the targeted timeframe for distribution of the survey is mid-March 2004.

IBHE Statewide Results Report

Discussion was deferred to the next meeting.

Employer Feedback on Alumni Performance

Discussion was deferred to the next meeting.

The meeting was adjourned at 12:00 p.m.  The next meeting of the UAP will be February 20, 2004 in Lowden Hall 304.