University Assessment Panel

Notes from Meeting of
November 5, 2004

The third meeting of the University Assessment Panel (UAP) for the 2004-2005 academic year was held on Friday, November 5, 2004, at 10:00 a.m. in Lowden Hall 304.


Panel members will receive the current copy of Assessment Update with the materials for the next meeting. Cassidy pointed out that there are some good articles on assessment requirements for general education and a rubric for assessing writing assignments.

Barnard discussed a group he is organizing to discuss technology at NIU. They will meet 3 times and some of the topics they will discuss are: how do we frame it, how to assess it, how can we measure it.

Tallon advised the panel members that the College of Business has formed an ethics task force to discuss how to infuse ethics into their curriculum. He will share their findings with the UAP.

Barnard talked about the UNIV 101 Project. The project will follow 3 different groups of students for 5 years to see when they decide on majors. Six classes have taken the Strong Interest Inventory and the Myers-Briggs Type Indicator. He will bring sample copies of these tests to the next meeting.

The next issue of Toolkit will be published on Nov. 30. Askins is looking for suggestions, recommendations on articles, or articles written by panel members for future issues. The newsletter is published quarterly and you can submit materials at any time.

Report on University Writing Center Services, 2003-2004

This report shows how the number of students served by the Writing Center has grown from 2001-2002 to 2003-2004. Writing is integral to the undergraduate program and it is important to acknowledge. However, the report shows the process only, not the outcome of how they improved students’ writing abilities. Townsend has used them in her class and highly recommends them. She said they are very helpful and accommodating to all classes, times and locations.

Assessments Through the Learning Process

This paper was sent as a resource to give members additional information on assessment. The UAP members should share this with their faculty, TAs and committees. Barker said Testing Services will include it on their website. Barker will write an article for Toolkit explaining all the services available from Testing Services.

Assessment of Student Academic Achievement: Levels of Implementation

This information is from the Higher Learning Commission’s guidelines for accreditation for institutions and site team evaluators. The panel discussed NIU’s strengths and weaknesses as applied to the three levels of assessment implementation described in the matrix. Assessment has become a big part of accreditation and Eaton thought the UAP has helped make assessment a bigger part of university culture. Cassidy questioned if students understand the importance of assessment and how to get them interested to participate in it. Earl Seaver is developing a unit assessment website for the teacher certification programs to access for help in developing their plans. It was decided that panel members who are representatives on other committees should report on their activities once a month during Announcements. Rossi will make copies of the University Assessment Plan for all panel members.

Review of Rubric

The HLC site team recommended the wording be changed for two areas of the Evaluation Rubric for Assessment Plans/Status Reports. The UAP panel discussed some changes of wording under the Response area for Established and Exemplary Stages. Members should send any additional comments to Barnard. Samples of revised wording will be compiled for review at the next meeting.

Coordinated Cycle of Program Review and Program Assessment

This document puts the focus on the UAP to respond to programs regarding what they submitted and to give them feedback. Any suggestions for revisions should be send to Barnard and will be discussed at the next meeting.

Other Business

No other business.

The meeting was adjourned at 11:50 a.m. The next meeting of the UAP will be November 19, 2004 in Lowden Hall 304.