University Assessment Council (UAC)

The University Assessment Council (UAC) was established to serve as an advisory body on assessment and institutional effectiveness to advance administrative and academic support units continuous improvement practices. This council also provides guidance and coordination related to 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 Assistant Provost for Assessment and Accreditation.


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 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.
  • 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.


The Middle States Commission on Higher Education provides a clear direction for institutional assessment in Standard VI Planning, Resources, and Institutional Improvement.  “The institution’s planning processes, resources, and structures are aligned with each other and are sufficient to fulfill its mission and goals, to continuously assess and improve its programs and services, and to respond effectively to opportunities and challenges.” 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.
  • Provide recommendations with a timeline to significantly enhance the institutional assessment infrastructure to support existing assessment work within the colleges and divisions.
  • Develop and provide support for institutional assessment processes and policies (e.g. dissemination and release of data policy, university’s annual reporting) that are useful, cost-effective, reasonably accurate and truthful, planned, organized, systematized, and sustained.
  • Develop a consistent and unified structure and process for using assessment data in decision-making to make meaningful changes and improvements within the divisions.
  • Share understanding of effective assessment strategies and metrics.
  • Facilitate the collection and use of data for planning and resource allocation.
  • Coordinate the review and dissemination of results from institutional and co-curricular assessment initiatives (e.g. survey gate-keeping, NSSE and Noel Levitz).
  • 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.
  • 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.

Committee Members

Academic Affairs
Laurie Clayton (Chair)
Director, Educational Effectiveness Assessment

University Advancement
Sharon Lonthair
Director of Employee Engagement

Enrollment Management
Edward Lincoln
Assistant Vice President

Finance and Administration
Joan Graham
Institutional Research, Data and Analytics
Assistant Vice President

Government and Community Relations
Lynette Baker
Marketing Coordinator

Marketing and Communications
Shelley Yehl, Interim Contact
Director of University Marketing Intelligence

National Technical Institute for the Deaf
Denise Wellin
Senior Associate Director, Institutional Research

Diversity and Inclusion
David Wick
Assistant Vice President for Research and Student Success

Liz Bremer
Director of Assessment and Research Management

Student Affairs: Student Learning Support & Assessment
Jennifer Maltby
Assessment Manager and Systems Administrator

RIT Dubai
Dezzil Castelino
Manager - Institutional Effectiveness