Assessment Oversight Committee
Charge to the Assessment Oversight Committee
At the request of Chancellor Byyny, I am establishing a faculty and staff committee charged with providing advice, recommendations and strategies to campus administration and primary units regarding all activities associated with student assessment issues.
CU-Boulder has a long history of assessing undergraduate educational outcomes beyond standard classroom practices. In 1985, the Colorado State Legislature passed House Bill 1187, which established accountability requirements for higher education in the state. The statute required institutions to assess undergraduate student "knowledge, capacity, and skills," and to report results yearly to CCHE, which in turn summarized the institutions' reports for the legislature. HB 1187 allowed institutions until fall 1989 to develop their assessment programs, with the first data to be reported for academic year 1989-90.
In response to HB 1187, CU-Boulder developed a comprehensive and continuing undergraduate assessment program. The policy governing this program was written in AY 1986-87 by a "blue ribbon" faculty and administrative committee appointed by the Chancellor, and was approved by him in March, 1988. In 1996, House Bill 1219 updated the old statute and replaced the accountability program with a system of institutional performance indicators, in particular Indicator 8, which concerns "existence and operation of a formal, comprehensive, and effective institutional assessment and accountability program," and its subsections, which go into more specific detail. The indicators system legislation was updated again in 1999 with Senate Bill 229, with outcomes assessment remaining part of the indicator system. In addition, CCHE's policy on academic program review requires an ongoing outcomes assessment program, as does the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools, the accrediting body for higher education institutions in our region.
With a working assessment process in place for over 10 years, and a national reputation for leadership, why should we establish a new oversight committee?
I ask you, as an oversight committee, to build on our current efforts by re-examining extant practices, recommending new and different strategies where you think change is warranted, and providing counsel aimed at improving and enhancing the effectiveness of all our student assessment practices. While the initial emphasis will be on undergraduate education, we plan to address graduate level assessment in the near future.
Thank you in advance for contributing to this important part of our general efforts to improve academic excellence at CU-Boulder.
Initial Committee Composition:
Michael Grant, Associate Vice Chancellor for Undergraduate Education, Professor and former chair of the Department of Environmental, Population, and Organismic Biology
Gordon Brown, Mathematics
Lou McClelland, Planning, Budget, and Analysis
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