State of Assessment Report
May 20, 2003
Prepared by Jennifer Mihalick, Chair,
Faculty Senate Committee on Assessment of Student Learning
Activities of the FSCASL during 2002-2003:
Nine members from the faculty, one from the academic staff, and our new
liaison, Interim Assistant Vice Chancellor for Curricular Affairs
Genisio, met monthly during the academic year.
A. Work in teams to assist departments with development of program
plans, and reports for program review.
This year new plans from anthropology, environmental studies, and music
programs were reviewed. In addition, information about assessment
provided to the new program in athletic training. Biennial
for existing assessment plans were reviewed from several
Many departments are revising their plans as they learn which methods
assessment supply useful data. Several have made curricular
as a result of assessment.
The grids attached to this report display the status of each program's
plan: when the plan was approved; the date of the last update to the
whether assessment data have been used to modify curriculum; and
designing an assessment plan resulted in a curriculum change.
all programs are participating in assessment.
Departments now include information about assessment of student
in their program review documents. Members of the committee
assistance to departments preparing for fall 2003 program
B. Implement General Education assessment plan.
The goals for student learning in general education which were
in 1995 are very broad and difficult to assess. We have asked the
Council and the chair of APGES (Academic Policies - General Education
to suggest updates or revisions.
We are working with members of the Department of English as they revise
verbal skills test which has been used for many years. There will
a faculty college on assessment of writing during spring interim.
upper level English composition courses are taken by students who have
60 credits, and have probably completed most of the general
requirements; it has been identified as an opportunity to assess
learning in the general education program, perhaps through a
C. Work with the Office of Institutional Research to ensure
of data for NCA accreditation.
The University's 10 year accreditation review by the North Central
will take place in 2007. One of the criteria they will study is
Learning and Effective Teaching." Some categories of evidence
be met by data collected in the assessment programs. The
preparing for the NCA visit includes several past members of FSCASL and
will continue to coordinate our efforts with theirs.
D. Increase amount of information available on the committee
The website at http://www.uwosh.edu//assessment/
is intended to collect useful information for committee members and
people on campus involved with assessment. It contains the
charge and membership, the University Assessment Plan, committee
and examples of assessment plans and tools from several programs on
as well as links to information from other institutions. The
has been advertised in The Bulletin and to the L&S Council.
Grids Showing Status of Assessment Plans:
College of Business
College of Education and
College of Letters and Science
College of Nursing
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last updated May 20, 2003