Michael J. Anderson Ph.D., Director
The Office of Academic Assessment coordinates and implements a comprehensive system of assessments of student learning for all graduate and undergraduate programs and works with the division of Academic Affairs and its constituent academic departments and administrative units in achieving and validating excellence through systematic program evaluation, curriculum development and revision. Having primary responsibility for the college's Outcomes Assessment Program, the office guides and supports departments, faculty, administrators and staff in the division of Academic Affairs in understanding, articulating, implementing, planning and coordinating activities required for its outcomes assessment efforts. It coordinates the design of program self-study and review, guides the development of assessment tools, and works with appropriate partners to interpret and analyze data and feedback for purposes of program improvement. The director works collaboratively with the Office of the Provost, deans and academic department chairs, individual faculty, staff and the Office of Institutional Research to implement the assessment of student learning program.
The office also provides direct education about assessment to faculty, staff and administrators. The director meets with small groups and individuals to explain the overall goals and institutional requirements of our efforts, review their materials, and answer questions. In addition, formal and informal educational efforts show assessment techniques that can be used in particular fields to create a sustainable culture of assessment. Various presentations and workshops are offered on a variety of topics and customized workshops are created to fit the needs of specific departments and/or situations.