University Assessment Panel

Notes from Meeting of
 March 19, 2004

The ninth meeting of the University Assessment Panel (UAP) for the 2003-2004 academic year was held on Friday, March 19, 2004, at 10:00 a.m. in Lowden Hall 304.


President Peters discussed NIUís FY05 budget at the Board of Trustees meeting on Thursday.  The IBHE submitted a flat budget request based on FY04, which the university supports. The governorís recommendation is 2 percent lower than FY04.  NIU is scheduled for budget hearings with the House and Senate appropriations committees at the end of April.

Worksheet for Setting NIUís Goals on the Common Institutional Indicators

The UAP members discussed the proposed goals for the common institutional indicators. Input on the goals was also solicited from the provostís staff and the Council of Deans; the final version of the goals will be submitted to the Academic Planning Council for approval in April.
Mid-Term Review of The Illinois Commitment Environmental Analysis and Implications for the Future

The IBHE reviewed current issues being addressed and noted that civic responsibility is not addressed in The Illinois Commitment.  The Faculty Advisory Committee requested adding this as a seventh goal in a proposal submitted to the IBHE.

Establishment and Appointment of a Committee to Study and Implement Policies Affecting Students with Disabilities

The IBHE has appointed a committee to make recommendations on how to improve ways to report services available to students with disabilities. The item from the IBHE agenda outlined the issues the committee will study and make recommendations on; they include transition from high school to college, the availability of information on services for prospective students and their families, and the adequacy and use of services by students in higher education. Sue Ouellette, acting chair of the Department of Communicative Disorders, is the NIU representative on the committee.  The April IBHE meeting will probably have a report update.

Assessment Update, January-February 2004

This issue focuses on capstone courses.  The UAP members were urged to share this information with their colleagues and staff.

First-Year Connections 2003 Annual Report, Orientation Office

This report from the Orientation Office was provided to the UAP members for information purposes. The report identifies several outcomes associated with studentsí enrollment in UNIV 101 and their participation in other first-year initiative activities.

Statement on Indicators of Employer Feedback

A draft of the statement was presented to the UAP members.  Cassidy would like the panel to establish a statement of policy to give direction to departments to help report this type of information. Self-reported data from alumni surveys must be augmented from other sources, such as advisory panels that can give feedback on NIU students from employersí perspectives.

Feedback on Assessment Plans

Feedback on assessment plans for the M.S. in Sport Management; M.S.Ed., Ed.S., and Ed.D. in Educational Administration; M.S. in Industrial Engineering; B.S.Ed. in Health Education; B.S. in Communicative Disorders; and the B.S. in Textiles, Apparel, & Merchandising was given.  Funding request from Industrial Engineering has been deferred until the panel receives more information on supervision of graduate assistant and project.  Funding requests from Health Education, Communicative Disorders and Textiles, Apparel, & Merchandising were approved.  The discussion of the remaining reports will be continued at the next meeting.

Support Unit Assessment Plans

Discussion of University Resources for Latinos assessment plan deferred to the next meeting.

Other Business

No other business discussed.

The meeting was adjourned at 12:03 p.m.  The next meeting of the UAP will be April 2, 2004 in Lowden Hall 304.