In spring 2016, the Office of Assessment facilitated an application for the Excellence in Assessment designation from the National Institute for Learning Outcomes Assessment (NILOA). The intent of undergrong NILOA's EIA process was two-fold: 1) to provide an opportunity for self-assessment and reflection; and 2) to embrace the opportunity to receive feedback from peer reviewers. Based on both the EIA self-assessment and NILOA peer review, as well as recommendations from the University’s last comprehensive reaffirmation of accreditation review, it was acknowledged that assessment infrastructure needed to be strengthened, with a bridge between program-level review and institutional-level assessment, with additional levels of infrastructure centrally and at the college-level.
As such, the Office of Assessment applied for Graduate Rate Excellence and Assessment Team (GREAT) grant in 2016/17 to initially fund a group of College Assessment Faculty Learning Communities--developed to bridge the gap between program-level review and institutional assessment. These FLCs have now been institutionalized and funding has shifted to the AVP for Academic Affairs budget.
Faculty Learning Community Membership & Charge
Four college level assessment communities have been established to review program assessment summary data (via annual reports and Academic Program Reviews/specialized accreditation reports) and identify trends for college and institutional review and continuous improvement (see Call for Participation).The four faculty learning communities include a college facilitator and four college members and are supported by the Office of Assessment/Assessment Specialist.
College Faculty Learning Community Reports