University Assessment Panel


Notes from Meeting of

7 November 2008


The fourth meeting of the University Assessment Panel (UAP) was held on Friday, 7 November 2008, at 10:00 a.m. in Altgeld 203.




The Assessment Expo will be held 20, February 2009. Registration will begin at 8:30am, poster sessions will began at 9:15am, and round tables will be held from 10:00am-12:00pm. During prior UAP meetings it was decided not to assign prizes for the top three projects. Douglass discussed the possibilities of having a drawing or have participants vote for a ‘people’s choice’ project that would receive a reward. There was some opposition to a drawing. A final decision will be made at a subsequent UAP meeting.


The Susan Hatfield seminar will be held 20, March 2009.


The IBHE Strategic Planning initiative was discussed. The four goals can be accessed at ( ). A public hearing was held on campus where persons commented to the IBHE on their experiences. A final meeting will be held on November 21st in Chicago and NIU will report to the IBHE board in December.


NIU will be participating in the Voluntary system of Accountability/College Portrait. Once NIU joins, data on high stakes testing must be available within 2 years; other data must be posted within 3 months. NIU has chosen to use to ACT CAAP Tests as measures of core competencies. UAP members raised concerns that faculty have not been adequately informed of the upcoming implementation of high stakes testing. It was suggested that all department chairs be notified. At a subsequent meeting, the UAP will discuss means to effectively inform faculty about College Portrait-related information.


2008 University Writing Project Report


The University Writing Project (UWP) Report was distributed. The UWP was a course imbedded assessment scored by English faculty using a universal rubric. The report provides information regarding methods, results, and implications. The UAP provided suggestions for recruiting faculty participation.


Review of Status Reports


The status reports for the Master in Public Administration, and the B.S./B.S., M.A., and Ph.D. in Psychology reports were reviewed by the panel. A summary of the panel’s feedback will be sent to the departments. Funding requests were considered for the Master of Public Administration and B.A./B.S. in Psychology programs. 


The next meeting is scheduled for November 21, 2008 from 10:00-12:00 in Altgeld 203.



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