University Assessment Panel

Notes from Meeting of
April 4, 2003


The ninth meeting of the University Assessment Panel (UAP) for the 2002-2003 academic year was held on Friday, April 4, 2003 at 10:00 a.m. in Lowden Hall 304.

Announcements

Vohra has been receiving Assessment Update and finds it to be a valuable publication.  He offered to share it with the Assessment Office and the panel.  Barnard is currently receiving the publication as well, and also finds it to be a good resource.  Cassidy will check into the possibility of an institutional subscription.

There is cautious optimism on this year’s budget.  Saving summer school is a priority for the provost.  Other options being discussed are a four-day work week (Monday through Thursday with the same weekly hours), closing DuSable over the summer, and deferring maintenance.  President Peters’ priorities have been the guiding force in funding decisions.  Legislation on capping tuition, guaranteeing a tuition rate over four years of full-time enrollment, and returning the income fund to the state for re-appropriation back to the universities is still being monitored.  Legislation is also being considered changing the way budgets are appropriated.  The model proposed would appropriate the budget by categories.  At the state level, the creation of one “superboard” with responsibility for education at all levels has been discussed.  A new chairman, Jim Kaplan, appointed by Governor Blagovich was instated at the last IBHE board meeting.

Capstone Final Reports

Two capstone final reports were reviewed and feedback was given by the panel.

Feedback on Assessment Plans and Status Reports

One support unit status report and funding request was reviewed.  Part of the funding request was approved, and the other portion will be deferred until the April 18 meeting of the UAP to obtain further information from the director.

Assessment plans and status reports from the Colleges of Visual and Performing Arts, Business, Education, and Liberal Arts and Sciences were reviewed.  Three funding requests from academic programs were reviewed.  Two funding requests were approved.

The meeting was adjourned at 11:55 pm.  The next meeting of the UAP will be April 18, 2003 in Lowden Hall 304.