University Assessment Panel

Notes from Meeting of
November 19, 2004

The fourth meeting of the University Assessment Panel (UAP) for the 2004-2005 academic year was held on Friday, November 19, 2004, at 10:05 a.m. in Lowden Hall 304.


House noted a proposal by NCES to document individual students’ data by SSN, instead of aggregate data for every semester. This proposal has implications for students’ privacy, is being moved forward rapidly, and could be implemented as soon as next fall.

Cassidy provided two articles as a follow up to the last meeting regarding civic engagement issues as noted in the Illinois Commitment.

Rubric Revisions

The panel discussed replacement language for the evaluation rubric to include the use of evidence in program decision making for both the “established” and “exemplary” categories. It was also decided that the word “plan” would be changed to “program” and the word “change” to “change or maintain.”

Coordinated Cycle for Program Review and Program Assessment

Cassidy asked for feedback on any wording changes needed in the document. It was decided to be consistent by changing “plan” to “program” where appropriate. No other suggestions for changes were made by panel members.

University Assessment Plan

Barnard discussed the history of the UAP “backbone” flowchart for assessments at the undergraduate level as well as the rationale for the name change from “plan” to “program.” Barnard also presented the schedule for administering the various assessments of the central initiatives.

Chronology to Address the Recommendations from HLC

Barnard discussed three main areas for which the HLC requires a response in 2007: the rubric used in assessment plans and reports; the process of engaging the academic leadership in promoting continuous improvement; and the assessment of our general education. Barnard handed out spreadsheets with these three areas documented along with their requirements, actions to fulfill the requirements, the body to review the actions, where the documentation will be distributed and the action to be implemented by this group. Due to a printing error correct copies will be emailed out to panel members.

Additionally, Barnard passed out a listing of the University Assessment Panel – Baccalaureate Level Current Central Initiatives data reporting lines. He asked for recommendations on any program areas that would appreciate the information but were not on the list. It was suggested that information on these initiatives be sent out to the College Councils and the Vice President for Student Affairs.

Student Data CIRP, YFCY and CSS

House gave a synopsis of selected results from students’ data on the university-wide Cooperative Institutional Research Program, Your First College Year, and College Student Surveys and answered any questions in relation to the surveys.

UNIV 101 Project (SII & MBTI)

This will be discussed at the next meeting.

The meeting was adjourned at 11:45 a.m. The next meeting of the UAP will be December 3, 2004 in Lowden Hall 304.