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University Assessment Council

The University Assessment Council (UAC) was established to serve as an advisory body on assessment and institutional effectiveness in support of the work of administrative and academic support units. This council also provides guidance to the Student Learning Outcomes Assessment Office (SLOA) and helps coordinate data collection and reporting across divisions. The council is comprised of a representative from each of RIT's divisions and chaired by the Associate Vice President of Institutional Research and Policy Studies (IRPS) and the Director of SLOA.

Charge

The University Assessment Council (UAC) will support the process of continual self-evaluation and improvement at RIT. The purpose of the UAC is to sustain continued work in assessment and preparation of RIT students for innovative, creative, and successful careers in a global society. The UAC conducts its work throughout the year and has responsibility to:

  • Foster a culture of assessment within the RIT community to support a continuous improvement model.
  • Provide sustained attention on centralized, consistent, and systematic processes and policies across the University to reduce variability in assessment quality and engagement.
  • Develop a consistent and unified structure and processes for using assessment data in decision-making to make meaningful changes and improvements within the divisions and for planning and resource allocation.
  • Assist with the development, review and updating of a University Assessment Plan (to be developed) to reflect new strategic goals that affect student learning and development and evolving standards and expectations for the Middle States Commission on Higher Education.
  • Promote campus-wide focus on understanding and conceptualizing how various RIT constituent groups and programs contribute to student learning, student development, and institutional effectiveness.
  • Promote and facilitate discussions to define and measure attributes of a student-centered research university that directly address student learning and student development.
  • Provide access to resources that support assessment initiatives that have broad university implications.

Goals

The Middle States Commission on Higher Education Standard 7: Institutional Assessment provides a clear direction for institutional assessment. Meeting the Institutional Assessment standard requires: that the institution has developed and implemented an assessment plan and process that evaluates its overall effectiveness in achieving its mission and goals; implementing, planning, resource allocation, and institutional renewal processes; using institutional resources efficiently; providing leadership and governance; providing administrative structures and services; demonstrating institutional integrity; and assuring that the institutional processes and resources support appropriate learning and other outcomes for its students and graduates. To meet this standard the following goals have been prioritized:

  • Develop goals and outcomes at the institutional and division levels that are aligned with RIT's Strategic Plan and link to the mission of RIT. (Middle States recommendation)
  • Provide recommendations with a timeline to significantly enhance the institutional assessment infrastructure to support existing assessment work within the colleges and divisions. (Middle States recommendation)
  • Review, develop, and recommend institutional assessment processes and policies (e.g. dissemination and release of data policy) that are useful, cost-effective, reasonably accurate and truthful, planned, organized, systematized, and sustained. (Middle States recommendation)
  • Develop a consistent and unified structure and process for using assessment data in decision-making to make meaningful changes and improvements within the divisions. (Middle States recommendation)
  • Share understanding of effective assessment strategies and metrics. (Middle States recommendation)
  • Facilitate the collection and use of data for planning and resource allocation. (Middle States recommendation)
  • Coordinate the review and dissemination of results from institutional and co-curricular assessment initiatives (e.g. survey gate-keeping, NSSE and Noel Levitz). (Middle States recommendation)
  • Minimize duplication of efforts across campus.
  • Identify gaps in assessment information.
  • Facilitate and enhance communication among assessment leadership and within the University (e.g. reporting and sharing data with all divisions as appropriate).
  • Monitor University compliance with Middle States institutional effectiveness requirements and assessment standards and expectations.
  • Support the development of planning-assessment cycles into all academic and administrative initiatives (Student Success Tiger Team recommendation).
  • Create opportunities for focused discussion and professional development on assessment across campus recognizing and learning from the variability of assessment strategies and practices across campus (e.g., professional schools and broader general education and social sciences/humanities).

Committee Members

Academic Affairs
Christine Licata, Senior Associate Provost
Anne Wahl, Student Learning Outcomes Assessment, Director, Co-Chair
Leah Bradley, Student Learning Outcomes Assessment, Senior Assessment Associate
Linda Tolan, CAST, Senior Associate Dean / Chair Student Learning Outcomes Assessment Committee
Joe Loffredo, Office of the Registrar, Assistant Vice President & Registrar

Development & Alumni Relations
Sharon Lonthair, Managing Director

Enrollment Management & Career Services
Manny Contomanolis, Co-op Education & Career Services, Associate Vice President

Finance and Administration
Joan Graham, Institutional Research & Policy Studies, Assistant Vice President, Co-Chair
Kathleen Martin, Human Resources, Director Policy Review and Development

Government and Community Relations
Meredith J. Smith, Director of State and Local Government Relations

National Technical Institute for the Deaf
Richard Dirmyer, Senior Institutional Researcher

Office for Diversity and Inclusion
David Wick, Interim Director of Diversity Assessment & Research Management

Student Affairs: Student Learning Support & Assessment
Jodi Boita, Director Student Affairs Assessment and Research

Committee Support Staff:
Bonnie Maddox, Student Learning Outcomes Assessment, Senior Staff Assistant