Assessment Update

July 17th, 2013

By: Dr. Ross Alexander
Associate Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs and Dean of Graduate Studies

Welcome to the Assessment Update! Here, one can discover important information about program assessment, general education assessment, and co-curricular assessment activities occurring at Indiana University East. These important updates will be written by faculty and staff involved in assessment activities as well as by me.

We have achieved several assessment-related milestones recently at IU East. First, and most importantly, IU East successfully completed or “graduated” from the Higher Learning Commission Assessment Academy in June, based on our work and progress in general education assessment. We previously completed a project in co-curricular assessment in November, 2012. I would like to thank all members of the Assessment Academy team who worked diligently on these projects including: Dr. Mary Blakefield, Mr. TJ Rivard, Dr. Katherine Frank, Dr. Markus Pomper, Dr. David Frantz, Dr. Matt Wills, and Mr. Brett Crowley. Second, we have launched our new General Education Assessment Plan, based in large part on feedback received during the Assessment Academy process, assessment best practices, and as a result of the changes to general education initiated during the spring, 2013 semester, which included several state mandates and initiatives. Our plan mirrors the successful program assessment model already in place on campus and largely decentralizes general education assessment to the Schools, under the oversight of three coordinating committees: the Administrative Assessment Committee, the General Education Assessment Committee, and the Co-Curricular Assessment Committee. This plan will engage faculty in the disciplines and empower them to create their own discipline-specific assessment instruments and models. Faculty and Deans from all Schools, staff members involved in co-curricular roles, and administrators from Academic Affairs comprise the three assessment committees.

Please stop by here periodically to see what is occurring in the world of assessment at Indiana University East. Thank you.