University Assessment Panel

Notes from Meeting of
November 7, 2003

The third meeting of the University Assessment Panel (UAP) for the 2003-2004 academic year was held on Friday, November 7, 2003, at 10:00 a.m. in Lowden Hall 304.


Cassidy called the meeting to order at 10:03 a.m.

Barnard distributed the outline of articles/features for the upcoming issues of Toolkit.  He asked the panel to contact him with any comments or feedback.

Cassidy pointed out that in the current issue of Assessment Update there is some good information on assessment plans from the United States Air Force Academy.

Barnard mentioned that the College of Business just completed the AACSB-International accreditation site visit and they were approved by the team with flying colors. The college was commended for its assessment plan and they credited the panel for the help given to them.

Nuzzo advised the panel that the Physical Therapy Program also did very well with their accreditation site visit.

University Assessment Plan

The panel reviewed the draft of the University Assessment Plan. Askins pointed out that a legend has been added to the graphic for the Framework for Assessment Practices.  Barnard mentioned that The “Backbone Model” was originally done in color and it does not translate well in black and white.  Background patterns will be used instead of color.  Osorio questioned how someone can propose an initiative be added to The “Backbone Model.”  He feels that information skills assessment is just as important as technology and quantitative skills assessment.  He will send information he has on this subject to Cassidy.

Further discussion included how to present the plan, how to get departments to use the plan to improve their programs, the need to get the information out to all departments, what is the panel’s vision of assessment, the process of combining all the individual program assessments into an inclusive university assessment plan, the need for cross-disciplinary skills in addition to disciplined areas, and the importance of the writing project.

Report of Needs Assessment Survey for University Health Service, Spring 2002

The panel reviewed the report of the needs assessment survey conducted by the Public Opinion Lab for the University Health Services that was funded last year. Cassidy thought UHS did a very good job of identifying how to address certain issues and how to improve their services.

Other Business

No other business.

The meeting was adjourned. at 11:10 a.m.  The next meeting of the UAP will be December 5, 2003 in Lowden Hall 304.