Notes from Meeting of

4 December 2009



The fifth meeting of the University Assessment Panel (UAP) was held on Friday, 4 December 2009, at 10:00 a.m. in Lowden 304.




The UAP now has a student representative from the Undergraduate Coordinating Council (UCC). Brad Broughton, a senior with a triple major in political science, Spanish, and geography, was introduced at this meeting. He will be a regular participant for the rest of the academic year.


Status Reports from the Department of Anthropology


The status reports for the B.S./B.A. and M.A. programs in anthropology, both with funding requests, were discussed. The chair of the department, Judy Ledgerwood, was on hand to answer questions and discuss the progress of assessment in the department. Funding for each program was discussed. Funds of $4,000 to cover the costs for both programs were approved, the major portion to be used for development of improved assessment measures in the form of embedded questions in regular coursework. Also, some funding would be allocated to development of evaluation measures for students in field schools or internship programs in each of the four subfields.


Report from Baccalaureate Review


Greg Long, co-chair of the Baccalaureate Review, gave a presentation on the process and progress of this initiative, which originated from the strategic planning effort. It was decided that in order to revise and improve the general education program, overall baccalaureate goals for the university needed to be clearly defined. These goals would then drive the curriculum in three basic arenas: the major academic field, general education, and co-curricular activities.




The meeting was adjourned at 11:45 a.m. Because of schedules and time constraints, the review of the report on annual updates was postponed until the next meeting, which is scheduled for 15 January 2010 at 10:00 a.m. in Altgeld 203.




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