The Committee on Assurance of Student Learning
The Committee on Assurance of Student Learning will review UIS' experience with assessment of baccalaureate skills, assessment of general education, assessment of graduate education, and assessment in the major.
What is Assessment?
The following workshops provide information on the purpose, process, and training required for UIS program assessment. Programs may approach these workshops in different ways. For example, the workshops may be viewed by individual faculty or by the whole department. They may be viewed at once in their entirety or individually over a period of time. However your program chooses to view the workshop modules, it is important that you get together to discuss each module in order to determine how it might be used to strengthen and improve your assessment process.
If, after viewing the workshops, or at any time in the assessment process, your program would like a follow-up session with a CASL member, simply contact the chair of CASL.
- What is Assessment?
- Steps of Assessment
- Goal Setting and Creating Measurable Learning Outcomes
- Measurement and Data Collection
- Using Evidence or Data Wisely
- Developing Rubrics (Assessment Criteria)
History & Resolutions
The Campus Senate Committee on Assurance of Student Learning(CASL) grew from the Assessment Task Force. In the fall of 2001, Provost Michael Cheney established the Assessment Task Force (ATF) to review UIS’ assessment processes and to recommend changes for improvement. He appointed Harry Berman, associate vice chancellor for academic planning, and Bill Bloemer, dean of the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences, as co-chairs. Members were selected from the four colleges, the Center for Teaching and Learning, and the Assessment Office. The first meeting was held on November 30, 2001, during which the charge to the Task Force was approved.
Assessment Task Force Charge
The Assessment Task Force was charged with reviewing UIS’ experience with assessment of baccalaureate skills, assessment of general education, assessment of graduate education, and assessment in the major. The Task Force recommended policy and structural changes to make assessment more useful to the campus, both for improvement of curricula and for communication with external audiences.
Assessment Task Force Members
UIS Assessment Task Force members were:
- Karen Moranski, Chair
- Bill Bloemer
- Leanne Brecklin
- Beverly Bunch
- Sara Cordell
- Jeff Decker
- Heather Dell
- Dyanne Ferk
- Neil Headman
- Taiebeh Hosseinali
- Karen Kirkendall
- Sharron LaFollette
- Jeff Maras
- Lynn Pardie
- Judy Shipp
From Task Force to Senate Committee
Today the charge of the Assessment Task Force continues in the hands of the Committee on Assurance of Student Learning(CASL). On April 18, 2008 the Senate approved the resolution to make CASL an official committee of the Campus Senate.
- Committees and Representatives of the Senate (PDF)
- Integration of Third Year Assessment Report (PDF)
- Assurance of Student Learning(PDF)
Assurance of Student Learning Day
UIS fulfills its mission and realizes its vision by promoting a culture of continuous improvement and maintains accreditation by engaging in regular and systematic assessment of student learning. Evidence of student learning is documented by establishing student learning outcomes, creating assessment plans, implementing those plans to measure student learning, with programmatic decisions based on the resulting aggregated data. Finally, student strengths and areas for improvement are assessed and strategies identified to promote student learning.
The Campus Senate Committee on the Assurance of Student Learning(CASL) is responsible for reviewing UIS’ experience with assessment of baccalaureate skills, assessment of general education, assessment of graduate education, and assessment in the major.
The annual Assurance of Student Learning Day workshop is held in the spring. Please watch for more information to be forthcoming soon!
Presentations on 2022 Assurance of Learning Day
Stephanie Hedge, Associate Professor,English shares details on using rubrics for multiple types of assessment
Jorge Villegas, Professor and Associate Dean, College of Business and Management shares methods for curricular improvement based on assessment
If you have any questions or would like to request help at any stage of the assessment process, from developing an assessment plan and/or an instrument to interpreting the results, please contact me.
Chair, Committee on Assurance of Student Learning
Associate Professor, School of Public Management and Policy
Phone: (217) 206-8429