University Assessment Panel

Notes from Meeting of
October 3, 2003


The first meeting of the University Assessment Panel (UAP) for the 2003-2004 academic year was held on Friday, October 3, 2003, at 10:00 a.m. in Lowden Hall 304.

Announcements

Cassidy called the meeting to order at 10:04 a.m. and welcomed both returning members and new members of the panel, and introductions were made.

Overview of the Work of the Panel and Review of Notebooks

Cassidy stressed the importance of this body in light of recent public policy interest in accountability, and gave a brief history of the panel. The UAP’s work ties closely with the work of the Academic Planning Council (APC) in demonstrating the quality of the university’s academic programs. The materials included in the notebook were reviewed. Copies of Assessment Update newsletter will be distributed to all committee members as soon as the new issue becomes available.  Committee members are encouraged to share information in the Update with others in their department and the members of the councils they represent.

The FY03 Results Report was discussed briefly noting the two new sections of the report: the common-institutional indicators and the mission-specific indicators. This year the university will initiate the process to set targets for the common institutional indicators. The UAP, provost’s staff, Council of Deans, Senior Cabinet, and in spring 2004 the Academic Planning Council will all be asked to provide input on the indicators, and the APC will be asked to endorse the final recommendations on the indicators.

Current Projects

Barnard is currently forming a committee to review items on the alumni survey. The committee’s recommendations for changes will be brought to the UAP in January 2004.

The portfolio workshop, support for the development of capstone course, and the Junior Level Writing Project have been ongoing projects; however, additional budget cuts for FY04 have led to a review of conducting these projects annually. Cassidy is drafting an impact statement, outlining the effects the holdback may have on assessment activities.

Preparation for Reaccreditation by Higher Learning Commission

The Self-Study is available on an intranet site (http://qa.niu.edu/SelfStudy/index.htm).  Askins has been responsible for developing electronic access for this project. Panel members were asked to access the self-study and to review the introduction and the chapters on history and mission, and governance and planning for discussion at the next panel meeting.

Presentation – University Assessment Plan – Craig Barnard

Barnard gave a PowerPoint presentation on the structure of the University Assessment Plan.

Other Business

No other business.

The meeting was adjourned at 11:41 a.m.  The next meeting of the UAP will be October 17, 2003 in Lowden Hall 304.