March 1, 2000
|TO:||College Deans, Dean of Undergraduate Studies|
|FROM:||Thomas La Belle, Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs|
|SUBJECT:||Annual Assessment Reports|
Let me begin by stating how pleased I am with our progress in assessing the quality of learning in our academic programs. In this memorandum I would like to follow-up on my "College Assessment Endeavors" memorandum to you of 10 November, 1999 by reviewing once more how we should be approaching this years assessment reporting from each program and each college of the university. This years reports will serve "triple duty:"
In order for us to accomplish all of the above, I need to ask the colleges to submit their annual assessment reports to me by September 10, 2000. These reports, which are discussed below, should have three components:
With the attached format as a guide, each program report should include, for each undergraduate and graduate program:
Program reports should cover assessment activities for academic year 1999-2000 and should not exceed ten double-spaced pages.
Once program reports have been submitted to college offices, the colleges should complete the attached Inventory of Program Assessment Activities for 1999-2000. These inventories, together with the college summary statements, will be includedas submittedin the Assessment Volume of our WASC self-study. [The program reports themselves will be bound and made available to the WASC visiting team members during their visit.]
College Summary Statements
These statements should, in narrative form, summarize the colleges assessment endeavors for the three-year period from Fall 1997 through Spring 2000. The statements might include:
College summary statements should not exceed ten double-spaced pages.
In order for us to be able to meet various CSU and WASC deadlines, program reports, college inventories, and college summary statements must be submitted to my office no later than September 10, 2000, both in hard copy and electronically. The electronic versionspreferably as MS Word documentsshould be attached to an email message to firstname.lastname@example.org.
As you proceed with your assessment endeavors and prepare your reports, please call upon Richard Giardina [ext. 82073 or email@example.com] in the Office of Academic Planning and Assessment for any questions you may have or assistance you may need. You may also find our campus assessment website to be helpful:
The excellent work the colleges are doing in the assessment arena is very much appreciated. I am certain that it will prove to be tremendously important as we demonstrateto ourselves and to relevant external constituenciesboth our commitment to and our successes in enhancing the quality of student learning at our institution.
Enclosures: Assessment Reporting Format Form
Inventory of Program Assessment Activities Form
|Senate Chair Terrell|
|Assoc. V.P. Whitaker|
|Associate Dean Schafer|
|School Directors, Department Chairs, Program Heads|
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