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University Assessment Council


 

I. FUNCTION

A. To provide leadership and encouragement for faculty, staff, and administration in
developing and understanding the what, why, and how of assessments.


B. To serve to interpret, review, and integrate assessment activities and their results and to
coordinate these activities across academic programs, student support services, and other campus
units.


C. To collect and organize information regarding assessment activities and their results; articulate
this information in a common language; disseminate this information to internal and external
audiences (e.g., university, college, and departmental accrediting bodies), based on the principle that
the department/unit that collects assessment data has the primary responsibility for the control and
interpretation of that data.*


D. To require and review clear, concise, written documentation that indicates the degree to which
the unit has carried out its assessment plan as it relates to the University’s Assessment Model.


E. To review the documentation that supports the degree to which the unit has carried out its
assessment plan, with special attention given to mission, pedagogical, and fiscal accountability.


F. To review and report how the information derived from assessment activities is being used to
improve teaching and learning and students' university experiences.


G. To review and recommend initial, continuing, or permanent funding for current and proposed
assessment activities.


H. To meet the primary goal stated in the Preamble of the final report of the Ad Hoc Committee on
University Assessment in order to improve student learning and development.


I. To provide oversight for Testing Services policy.


J. To provide information, make recommendations, and enforce policy regarding assessment of the
University’s General Education program


 

II. POSITION IN THE ORGANIZATIONAL STRUCTURE

The Assessment Council will be composed of 2 working groups, t he Academic Programs and Curriculum Group and t he Administrative and Support Services Group. Both working groups will make recommendations to appropriate executive entities and forward information to Faculty Senate and President's Cabinet for input and recommendations.

 


 

III. MEMBERSHIP

A. Composition of Academic Programs and Curriculum Group (10 members)

 

1. One faculty member from each of the four academic colleges, one representative from Academic
Enrichment and one representative from the Library. The faculty member appointed from each
academic college must represent their college’s assessment committee. In addition, membership
includes:


2. One member of the FS General Education Committee


3. One undergraduate and one graduate student member


4. Vice Provost for Institutional Effectiveness and Assessment

(ex-officio, non-voting)


5. Director of Testing Services (ex-officio, non-voting)


    6. One designated member of Student Services Group

B. Composition of Student Services Group (5-10 members)


1. Vice Provost for Student Experience and Engagement (ex-officio, non-voting)


2. Direct of Student Activities and the Student Recreation and Wellness Center:


3. Director of Student Auxillaries (Housing, Dining, Union, and Store)


4. Associate Vice Provost of Student Services


5. Chief of Public Safety


6. Chair and one elected member of Academic Programs and Curriculum Group

 

 

C. Selection

  

1. Faculty members from the four academic colleges, Academic     Enrichment and Library are
nominated by the Faculty Senate Committee on Committees and confirmed by the Faculty Senate.


2. Representatives from offices appointed by the appropriate administrator.


3. Undergraduate student member appointed by the Student Government Association and Graduate

student member appointed by Graduate Student Association.


4. Director of Testing serves by virtue of office. (ex-officio)


5. Vice Provost for Instutitional Effective and Assessment serves by virtue of office. (ex-officio)


6. Vice Provost for Student Experience and Engagement serves by virtue of office. (ex-officio)

 

D. Selection of Chair

 

1. A Chair must be nominated by a member of the FSUAC Academic Programs and Curriculum
Group, and must be a representative of the four academic colleges, Academic Enrichment or Library.
Members may nominate themselves. A simple majority elects.


2. Whenever possible, a second-year committee member should be selected as chair.


3. The Chair has four primary duties: a) to preside over FSUAC Academic Programs and
Curriculum Group meetings, including developing the agenda and distributing it to members in
advance, b) to serve as a member of the General Education Assessment appeals committee, c) to
maintain FSUAC records and compile the annual FSUAC report to the Faculty Senate, and d) to
represent the FSUAC in meetings of other University committees and working groups.


4. The Chair will select a Vice-Chair who will preside over meetings in the absence of the Chair.
Vice-Chair will also a) represent the FSUAC as a non-voting member of the Faculty Senate General
Education Committee, and b) represent the FSUAC Academic Programs and Curriculum Group in
meetings of the FSUAC Student Services Group. These duties may be reassigned when necessary by
request to the chair.


5. A secretary will be provided to each group from Testing Services.

 

E. Term of Service

 

Faculty serve three years staggered, with reappointments possible. After serving for two consecutive
terms, a member is ineligible to serve for a period of one year. Exceptions may be made by the
Faculty Senate Committee on Committees or the Faculty Senate Elections Committee. Students can
serve two years. Representatives from offices serve indefinitely, so long as they hold the position.

 

IV. COMMENTS

The committee chair is responsible for creating and maintaining a Procedures Manual, a copy to be
kept in the Faculty Senate Office.
*It was the intent of the ad hoc committee that proposed and the Senate that approved the
University Assessment Council that the council would serve as a campus clearinghouse/collection
point for assessment data that later may be sent to external groups or state agencies (e.g., CBHE)
only after such groups or agencies has made a formal request for such information through
appropriate university administrative channels. It was never their intent to allow off-campus groups
direct contact with University or Faculty Senate committees.

 

The Academic Programs and Curriculum Group meets Thursdays from 9:30 a.m. - 11:00 a.m.

 

**The University Assessment Council meets once per month on Mondays at 3:30 p.m.**

 

Committees may conduct business and voting via electronic means.

 

REV 2/06 ; Rev 3/08 ; Rev 01/09; REV 4/2011; REV 5/2014

 

 

 

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