Assessment Responsibility

Faculty have ultimate ownership over assessment, and all departments are responsible for developing/selecting and implementing assessment tools in their area. It is up to the department chair to determine which individuals will be responsible for specific assessment assignments for courses and programs. Because multiple faculty are involved in teaching specific courses or programs, however, it is essential that departments or units collaborate on assessment activities. Each department also has an assessment liaison who serves as a resource person and who communicates regularly with the Assessment Steering Committee on assessment activity, progress and problems. The Assessment Steering Committee is available to assist in choosing or developing a tool, analyzing data, and providing feedback. Above all, faculty are responsible for examining the resulting data and using it where appropriate to validate changes that may be made to improve student learning.