Assessment Coordinating Committee

OFFICE OF RECORD: Vice President for Academic Affairs
ISSUED BY: Vice President for Academic Affairs
APPROVED BY: 04-15-00
EFFECTIVE DATE: 12/29/94 Last revised 10/14/08

04-15-00

Policy

The Assessment Coordinating Committee fulfills an advisory, monitoring, coordinating and regulatory role at Dakota State University in assessment matters and advises the Vice President for Academic Affairs on the implementation of the DSU Academic Assessment Plan. The Committee's responsibilities include:

  1. Collaborate with the Office of Institutional Effectiveness and Assessment and the Colleges to coordinate the annual academic assessment activities.
  2. Develop the assessment plans for the system wide general education curriculum and the institutional graduation requirements.
  3. Review annually the general education assessment plan:
    1. Review the results of the previous year's academic assessment activities relative to the general assessment goals, outcomes and criteria during the next academic year. The Committee will provide a summary report to the general faculty and the Vice President for Academic Affairs. This report will highlight areas of specific strengths and concerns and will include a request for recommendations or comment.
    2. Examine and synthesize the recommendations and comments from the faculty and the Vice President for Academic Affairs. When the recommendations / comments include proposals for curricular changes, the Committee will forward them to the appropriate faculty groups, the Vice President for Academic Affairs, and the Academic Council. Action or discussion taken by these groups will be returned to the Committee. All other recommendations for change (e.g. recommendations for change in academic assessment criteria, academic assessment procedures or tests) will be handled internally by the Committee.
  4. Review annually the undergraduate and graduate major-field assessment plans to ensure that the plans meet the Guidelines for Major Field Assessment.
  5. Receive annual summary reports from the Colleges regarding Major Field Assessment activities to ensure that plans are being implemented and assessment data and results are being evaluated and acted upon by the Colleges.
  6. Evaluate annually the policies governing the assessment processes.
  7. Prepare the institutional academic assessment documents.

Membership

The Assessment Coordinating Committee will consist of:

  1. Four faculty representatives from each of the colleges, one faculty representative from the library, one representative from the Office of Extended Programs and a representative from the Office of Graduate Studies and Research. Recommendations from each college/department will be forwarded to the Vice President for Academic Affairs before the end of the spring semester. The Vice President for Academic Affairs will appoint the Extended Programs Representative. Appointments are to be confirmed before the first meeting of the fall semester and are for three-year overlapping terms.
  2. The deans of the colleges.
  3. One student representative recommended by the Student Senate and confirmed by the Vice President for Academic Affairs for a one-year term. Recommendations will be forwarded to the Vice President for Academic Affairs before the end of the spring semester. The appointment will be confirmed before the first meeting of the fall semester.
  4. The Faculty Assessment Coordinator, appointed on an annual basis by the Vice President for Academic Affairs. The coordinator will serve as chair of the Committee for the duration of his/her term.
  5. Other members of the faculty and/or student body recommended by the Assessment Coordinating Committee and confirmed by the Vice President for Academic Affairs for one-year terms. The committee chair shall serve in an advisory capacity for one year beyond his/her term.
  6. A representative from the Office of Institutional Effectiveness and Assessment will serve in an advisory and supporting capacity to the committee.

Adhoc Project Teams

Project teams will be formed to work on specific assessment projects on an annual basis. Other faculty, staff or administrators may be added to the project teams as needed.


Last Updated: 1/24/12