Program planning and review

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Academic Planning Committee (APC) expanding section

2020-2021 Membership

Eric Barnes
Ann Epstein, Chair
Whitney George
Kelly Gorres
Teresa Hepler
Jennifer Kosiak
Lindsay Steiner
Mary Tollefson
Marco Vriens, Recorder

Charge Letter

Meeting Minutes

Committee Documents

Click here for previous academic year committee membership, meeting minutes, charge letters, final reports, and committee documents for the Academic Planning Committee.

Academic Program Review expanding section

APR Committee Documents

Undergraduate APR:

2020-2021 Membership

Nilakshi Borah
Elizabeth Brown
Ann Epstein
Sara Heaser
Edward Kim
Janet Kirsch, Chair
Bryan Kopp
John May
Christopher McCracken
Heidi Morrison
Gregory Ormes, Recorder

Charge Letter

Meeting Minutes

Graduate APR:

2020-2021 Membership

Anita Davelos, Chair
Naoko Giblin, Recorder
William Gillespie
Seth King
Steni Sackiriyas
Victoria Svoboda
Marco Vriens

Charge Letter

Meeting Minutes

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University Program Assessment Commitee (UPAC) expanding section

2020-2021 Membership

Sheida Babakhani Teimouri
Anita Davelos
Ryan Friesen, Recorder
Berna Gercek Swing
Kenny Hunt, Chair
Janet Kirsch
Jennifer Klein
Mary Krizan
Lisa Pitot

Patrick Barlow, Assessment Coordinator

Charge Letter

Meeting Minutes

Committee Documents

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 (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. 

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