Learn more about Radford University's two asssessment committees.
College Assessment Committee
Academic Assessment: From the Ground Up
The purpose of assessment is to ensure continuous improvement of student learning by informing all choices related to curricular, instructional, programs, and policy changes that contribute to student success. In other words, assessment is intended to provide the foundation for academic planning and decision making directed toward student learning.
To entrench a culture of evidence and improvement at RU, a bottom-up organizational structure that oversees the planning and implementation of assessment processes is proposed. Representatives from each department constitute the College Assessment Committee (CAC), while the Chairs of CAC or assigned representatives from each college constitute the University Assessment Committee. This organizational structure allows faculty across the board to take ownership of assessment and use the results for enhancing teaching and student learning, as well as for continuous improvements of programs and services.
- To provide oversight for departmental program assessment efforts in the College by promoting best practices in assessment and enhancing cross-departmental learning.
- To assist respective departments within the college to adhere to plans and schedules that will enhance timely and effective implementation of a systematic and continuous assessment processes for improved student learning and success.
The membership of CAC includes the coordinator of assessment for the college and a departmental representative appointed by the Chair of respective departments in the college. A representative from the Office of Academic Assessment is an ex-officio member of this committee.
- Developing policies and procedures for academic program assessment in the College;
- Encouraging an open and frank dialogue regarding assessment, as well as raising greater awareness of its role in improving teaching and student learning;
- Assisting departments in selecting and developing appropriate student learning outcomes and assessment techniques;
- Improving the quality of assessment in the College as peer mentors;
- Providing support for assessment best practices, in conjunction with the Office of Academic Assessment, through workshops and forums, and by publicizing assessment activities and results;
- Providing recommendations for institution-wide improvement of assessment to the University Assessment Committee;
- Working collaboratively with the Office of Academic Assessment for related assistance and training needs.
- Updating the Dean periodically about the state of assessment in the college.
What the College Assessment Committee will NOT do
- Conduct departmental program review;
- Evaluate departments or their courses;
- Assess the worth of departments or their programs on the basis of assessment data submitted.
The Committee may meet 3-4 times per semester based on the assessment cycle. Meetings will be called by the Committee Chair at the prompt of the Office of Academic Assessment or as the need for a meeting may arise.
University Assessment Committee
The University Assessment Committee serves to support a process of continuous self-evaluation and improvement by providing assessment leadership for all academic programs and administrative units across the university in order to enhance student-learning and development, as well as the university’s programs and services.
Each UAC member chairs a specific college assessment committee or oversees assessment functions in an academic, administrative, or other designated units within the University. Each college and primary university division is expected to be represented.
- Guide and oversee institution-wide assessment activities intended to enhance student learning;
- Define and implement university institutional effectiveness/assessment policy and procedures that foster a culture of evidence;
- Review the quality of College/Administrative Assessment Committees' assessment plans and reports;
- Champion the cause for assessment best practices at RU;
- Identify opportunities and challenges associated with the university's overall efforts to advance assessment and institutional effectiveness;
- Advise the Office of Academic Assessment with respect to training needs to advance and/or improve the university’s assessment processes;
- Assist in organizing an annual Institutional Effectiveness/Student Success Day
- Evaluate the state of assessment at the university and update the Provost/President’s Cabinet annually.
The University Assessment Committee will meet once a semester, or as may be determined by the Committee Chair.