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Student Learning Outcomes Assessment Committee (SLOAC)

The Student Learning Outcomes Assessment Committee (SLOAC) was created as an ad hoc committee (formerly the Academic Outcomes Assessment Task Force) in 2005 to facilitate and support program level assessment efforts in each college and Student Affairs. Representatives from all nine colleges and the Assistant Provost for Assessment and Accreditation sit on this committee.


This committee is part of RIT's overall commitment to assessment of student learning and has a focus on supporting and facilitating program level assessment efforts within each college. Effective fall 2009 SLOAC's primary charge is to: 
  • Provide guidance and support to ICC and Graduate Council review of program assessment plans;
  • Provide recommendations for university assessment needs and strategies related to student learning;
  • Advise and support academic program level learning assessment efforts in each college and degree-granting unit;
  • Recommend improvements to university infrastructure and data management to provide information, planning, and guidance to university-wide assessment efforts;
  • Minimize duplication of efforts by leveraging assessment processes for multiple accrediting bodies to meet Middle States and RIT standards.


Four key goals have been established to enhance student learning and support best practices in assessment. The committee will prioritize and develop a two year timeline and implementation plan to meet the following goals:

1.  Establish strategic direction for student learning outcomes assessment

  • Assist and provide input related to the development of institutional efforts for academic program assessment (e.g., assessment plan, policy, etc.)
  • Review and help align the reporting cycles for the university and colleges

2.  Address college level assessment issues and challenges

  • Develop plans for addressing each college's assessment challenges and issues

3.  Develop, facilitate, support, and review academic program level learning assessment efforts and reporting in each college

  • Develop and support implementation of an annual progress template for colleges which aligns to RIT assessment reporting needs
  • Develop guidelines for college level implementation of assessment advisory council
  • Design rubric for review of program level outcomes assessment plans

4.  Recommend improvements to the university infrastructure and data management systems to support university wide assessment efforts

  • Support college implementation of assessment management system
  • Identify college level data needed for accreditation to provide Data Warehouse Steering Committee with data needs by college

    Committee Members (2017-2018)

    Academic Affairs; Office of Educational Effectiveness Assessment
    Laurie Clayton, Director
    Leah Bradley, Assistant Director

    College of Applied Science & Technology
    Michael Eastman, Associate Dean

    College of Health Sciences & Technology
    Kristen Waterstram-Rich, Interim Associate Dean

    College of Imaging Arts & Sciences
    Chris Jackson, Associate Dean

    College of Liberal Arts
    Andrew Herbert, Acting Associate Dean

    College of Science
    Larry Buckley, Associate Dean

    Golisano College of Computing & Information Sciences
    Michael Yacci, Associate Dean, Chair

    Golisano Institute for Sustainability
    Dennis A. Andrejko, Master of Architecture Program Chair

    Kate Gleason College of Engineering
    Matthew Marshall, Associate Dean

    National Technical Institute for the Deaf
    Kim Kurz, Department Chair, American Sign Language and Interpreter Education

    Saunders College of Business
    Shawn Sturgeon, Director of Accreditation and Assessment

    School of Individualized Study
    Peter Boyd, Lecturer, Graduate Program Coordinator

    Committee Support
    Bonnie Maddox, EEA Senior Staff Specialist