1999 Annual Report
University of Nebraska-Lincoln
The University-wide Assessment Steering Committee was created to "facilitate feedback and coordination among and between the various aspects of assessment". It has been instrumental in the evolution of assessment on our campus. As each unit has carried out its responsibility to assess the student learning outcomes that the unit values, the University-wide Assessment Committee continued its responsibility to serve UNL in an advisory capacity.
During the 1999-2000 academic year, many units have made tremendous strides in identifying what learning should be occurring, the mechanisms for measuring that learning, and using evidence collected for programmatic improvement. However, it is still true that progress differs across different units. Some units have found their assessment evidence useful for reflection about the program while in others the process continues to evolve. This differential progress is acceptable and logical given that outcomes assessment is viewed as an ongoing rather than an episodic process that examines teaching and learning over time in the spirit of continuos improvement.
During the 1999-2000 academic year, the committee, with the assistance of the University-wide Assessment Coordinator, has continued to oversee or conduct the following activities:
Activity 1: Integrate outcomes assessment into UNL's program planning/budgeting process.
Activity 2: Facilitate the annual reporting of college, departmental, and program assessment activities.
Activity 3: Initiate and monitor, where appropriate, the assessment of graduate student learning outcomes.
Activity 4: Track assessment of the Comprehensive Education Program.
Activity 5: Communicate useful assessment information to university faculty and administration.
Activity 6: Plan for a focus visit by North Central Association (NCA) on the progress of outcomes assessment at UNL.
The general recommendations emerging from this report for guiding actions during the 2000-01 academic year are:
Recommendation 1: Continue to monitor the integration of outcomes assessment evidence into UNL's program planning/budgeting process which includes Academic Program Review and External Accreditation that is discipline-specific;
Recommendation 2: Consider the results of faculty conversations centered around CEP with the Peer Review of Teaching and Assessment Project;
Recommendation 3: Continue to facilitate the development and annual reporting of college, departmental, and program assessment activities;
Recommendation 4: Support efforts to plan and implement assessment of graduate student learning outcomes;
Recommendation 5: Communicate the benefits and share the successes of engaging in an effective assessment process.