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Student Learning Outcomes Assessment Committee

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 Director of Student Learning Outcomes Assessment sit on this committee.

Charge

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;
  • 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.

Goals

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 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

Academic Affairs; Student Learning Outcomes Assessment Office
Anne Wahl, Director
Leah Bradley, Senior Assessment Associate

College of Applied Science & Technology
Linda Tolan, Senior Associate Dean, Chair

College of Health Sciences & Technology
Heidi Miller, Physician Assistant Program Director

College of Imaging Arts & Sciences
Robin Cass, Administrative Chair

College of Liberal Arts
Babak Elahi, Associate Dean

College of Science
Laura Tubbs, Associate Dean

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

Kate Gleason College of Engineering
Jacqueline Mozrall, Associate Dean

National Technical Institute for the Deaf
Marianne Gustafson, Associate Dean for Curriculum and Special Projects

Saunders College of Business
Clyde Hull, Associate Professor

Committee Support:
Bonnie Maddox, SLOA Senior Staff Assistant