Ad hoc committees
Mary J. Tollefson
The major tasks of this committee will be two-fold:
- Fall semester: Review program assessment reports and provide feedback to enable continued improvement in the undertaking of quality assessment.
- Spring semester: Review program level assessment plans for academic programs and provide recommendations for plan improvements to department chairs, program directors, and departmental assessment coordinators.
Please note: This committee serves a different purpose than the Academic Program Review (APR) Committee. The distinction between the work of Program Review (APR) and Program Assessment (UPAC) is illustrated below.
PROGRAM EVALUATION (program review). A systematic procedure for collecting, analyzing and using information to answer questions about the extent to which a program is achieving its goals. Typically, it focuses on the effectiveness and efficiency of a program. Assessment of student learning outcomes in the program may be included as one source of information to evaluate the program.
PROGRAM ASSESSMENT (contrast with program evaluation). A systematic procedure for collecting, analyzing and using information about student learning with respect to program-level learning outcomes. Results are used to inform decisions about how to improve student learning in the program.