University Assessment Panel

Notes from Meeting of
December 6, 2002


The fifth meeting of the University Assessment Panel (UAP) for the 2002-2003 academic year was held on Friday, December 6, 2002, at 10:00 a.m. in Lowden Hall 304.

Announcements

Cassidy opened the meeting by announcing the presence of three guests, Amy Havasi from Health Enhancement, and two representatives from the Northern Star, Jessica King (reporter) and Dawid Klimek (photographer).  John Sweeney and Dave Lochbaum of the Office of Campus Recreation will be joining the meeting to discuss their status report and funding request.  Don Larson and Sheri Kallembach from Registration and Records are scheduled to attend the January 17 UAP meeting.  OíKelly has resigned from the panel and a replacement has not yet been found.

Barnard announced that Douglas Eder of SIU-Edwardsville has agreed to come to campus in mid-February make a presentation on what is important in assessment.

In the spring, the panel will review the University Assessment Plan.  The plan needs to be updated to include the changes in assessment practices that have occurred with the creation of the UAP .  The remainder of the baccalaureate plans, the graduate plans and portfolio and capstone proposals will be reviewed next semester.  The deadline for submission of graduate plans is February 1.

Feedback on Assessment Plans

Feedback on assessment plans and status reports from Liberal Arts and Sciences and Business was given.  Discussion of two additional reports will be continued at the January 17 meeting.  A funding request was discussed, but was not approved as the UAP did not have enough information to be able to make a recommendation.

Office of Campus Recreation

John Sweeney and Dave Lochbaum of the Office of Campus Recreation gave the panel insight into the operation of the Campus Recreation facility.  Cassidy expressed the panelís view that the report and data collection were good, and show that OCR is working to meet the needs of its clients.  Sweeney explained that the center has become the campus gathering place for students, as the Student Center was in the past.  Usage is heavy by students, and is also popular with faculty and staff.  OCR is facing a serious lack of spacing for programs, storage, and offices.  The facility will be expanding to the Chick Evans Field House to try to alleviate some of the spacing issues.  External evaluators would be very helpful in determining how to get maximum use of space and the most effective renovations in the most economical manner.  The funding request was approved by the panel.

Junior Level Writing Project

Barnard gave an overview of the Junior-Level Writing Project. Participation is on a voluntary basis, and the primary target is juniors level students.  The writing samples are evaluated by readers in the English Department on a 12-point scale and mean scores are given both by program and demographics.  A question was raised by a panel member on the subjectivity of the reader in determining the score.  Barnard explained the process as he witnessed it.  Readers are paid a stipend and are trained by the English Department using a rubric for scoring.  Barnard and other panel members familiar with the project concurred that the evaluations are surprisingly standardized. Eaton asked Barnard about the possibility of separating out data to determine the performance level of students in the CHANCE program if SSNs are provided by Eaton for this purpose.

The meeting was adjourned at 11:52 am.  The next meeting of the UAP will be January 17, 2002 in Lowden Hall 304.