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University Program Assessment ad hoc Committee (UPAC)

University Program Assessment ad hoc Committee, began Fall 2016

The major tasks of this committee will be two-fold: 

  1. Fall semester: Review program assessment reports and provide feedback to enable continued improvement in the undertaking of quality assessment.
  2. 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 (aka 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.