University Assessment Panel

Notes from Meeting of
October 1, 2004

The first meeting of the University Assessment Panel (UAP) for the 2004-2005 academic year was held on Friday, October 1, 2004, at 10:00 a.m. in Lowden Hall 304.


Cassidy called the meeting to order at 10:00 a.m. and welcomed both returning members and new members of the panel, and introductions were made.

Cassidy brought to the attention of the panel the 2004 Assessment Institute Conference taking place at IUPUI Oct. 31-Nov. 2. She encouraged members to attend with the support from the assessment budget. The deadline for registration is Oct. 8.

Donna Askins asked panel members to consider contributing articles to the publication of Toolkit.

Overview of the Work of the Panel and Review of Notebooks

Cassidy reviewed the contents of the UAP notebook distributed to the panel members prior to the meeting. Panel responsibilities were reviewed. A new committee list will be completed which will include the updated list of panel members and distributed at the next meeting.

The FY04 Performance Report, previously called Results Report, was discussed briefly specifically taking note of the sections: the common-institutional indicators and the mission-specific indicators. This year the university will initiate the process of setting targets for the mission-specific indicators.

Included in the notebook are pages regarding how the academic and support unit programs can initiate and put into practice their assessment plan and what this plan should include. Examples are included on how to design a program and plan, as well as a having a calendar checklist (eight years for the academic programs and five years for student and academic support services) to assist in the implementation of the assessment plan.

Cassidy provided the panel members with an updated mid-term review and final recommendations report of The Illinois Commitment. Discussion was centered on one of the goals, that of “The role of higher education in educating a responsible citizenry and contributing to the overall quality of life for Illinois residents” and its objective to be made more of an essential part of The Illinois Commitment. Askins raised the concern of how to measure the outcomes of someone’s “quality of life” and of “responsible citizenry.” House, Eaton, and Vander Meer added comments into the discussion.

Other Business

Emmett noted that Donna Simon will serve as the student affairs representative beginning spring 2005.

The meeting was adjourned at 11:10 a.m. The next meeting of the UAP will be October 15, 2004 in Lowden Hall 304.