Notes from Meeting of
6 November 2009


The third meeting of the University Assessment Panel (UAP) was held on Friday, 6 November 2009, at 10:00 a.m. in Altgeld 203.


As a follow-up to a discussion at the last meeting regarding requirements for direct and indirect assessment methods, pages III-8 and III-16 from the UAP notebook were distributed. The current requirement for learning outcomes as stated in the guidelines and on the formal checklist for academic units is for at least one direct and one indirect method. A motion was made and carried to change the requirement to multiple measures, including at least one direct measure. It was similarly decided to use that verbiage for student support units, while recognizing that the requirement of a direct measure may be more difficult for those units to implement.

Capstone Course Report from School of Allied Health and Communicative Disorders

The Capstone report submitted by Deborah Gough for course AHRC 694, Internship in Rehabilitation Counseling, was commended for its thoroughness and for its effective tables showing abilities as judged by supervisors and by interns. A suggestion was made to weave national standards in with the local standards to create an even more comprehensive and dramatic assessment process. The practice of having goals defined for interns at the start of the process was thought to be a great educational tool, and a suggestion was made to produce a Toolkit article on this practice. The second half of the stipend for this course was approved.

Status Reports from School of Family, Consumer, and Nutrition Sciences

The panel reviewed status reports for the following programs: M.S. in Applied Family and Child Studies; B.S. in Family and Child Studies; M.S. in Family and Consumer Sciences; B.S. in Nutrition, Dietetics, and Hospitality Administration; M.S. in Nutrition and Dietetics; and B.S. in Textiles, Apparel, and Merchandising. Funding requests were made from the department in conjunction with all but one of the reports (M.S. in Family and Consumer Sciences). The panel asked for additional information regarding the funding requests.

Further discussion of UAP funding, in general, followed, with reminders that funding is granted to address specific gaps in an assessment program and that there should be a timeline for the funded tasks, with a clear delineation of what items require faculty and what work can be done by graduate assistants. UAP does not fund ongoing processes. For next year, it was suggested that lists of examples of fundable activities, as well as samples, be provided in the guidelines.

Proposals for Expo 2010

Nine programs have been nominated for participation in Expo 2010, and there was a call for additional ideas, particularly in the area of creativity. A program in English was suggested, and it appeared promising. Other suggestions included projects in the College of Visual and Performing Arts and the College of Engineering and Engineering Technology. Both the College of Business and the University Writing Center are developing practices that can be considered for the Expo in 2011.

The meeting was adjourned at 12:00 p.m. The next meeting is scheduled for 20 November 2009 from 10:0012:00 in Altgeld 203.