Office of Academic Assessment

Assessment Committees

Committees at the university related to assessment are:

University Committees:

  • Essential Learning & Assessment Review Committee (ELARC)
  • General Education Review Committee (GERC)
  • University Assessment Committee (UAC)

College Assessment Committees:

  • College of Arts and Communication (CoAC)
  • College of Business and Economics (CoBE)
  • College of Education and Professional Studies (CoEPS)
  • College of Letters and Sciences (CoLS)
  • College of Integrated Studies (CoIS)

Most academic departments have individual assessment committees.  For more information on these committees, please contact the department directly.


Essential Learning & Assessment Review Committee (ELARC)

 

ELARC is an administrative committee that reviews student achievement of UW-Whitewater’s Essential Learning Outcomes, which all students seeking a bachelor’s degree are expected to achieve through their studies in general education, their major and minor, their elective courses, and through experiences gained in co-curricular and extra-curricular activities. These outcomes are the same as the Essential Learning Outcomes created by the Association of American Colleges and Universities (AAC&U).

Academic colleges, student affairs, and other campus units send to ELARC executive summaries of assessment data and other indicators of learning related to student achievement of the baccalaureate learning outcomes. ELARC reviews this material, distilling its findings into a report of highlights and recommended actions. The report is shared across campus. ELARC continues to communicate with units as they progress through recommended actions.

The following graphic depicts key bodies involved in this process:

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Members (2020 - 2021) Representing

Barbara Bren

Andersen Library

Elizabeth Watson

Student Affairs

Lana Collet-Klingenberg

College of Education & Professional Studies, University Assessment Committee

Rebecca Jones

Institutional Research & Planning

Joan Cook

Associate Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs and Provost for Academic Affairs

Fe Evangelista

College of Letters and Sciences

Katy Casey

Academic Assessment

Liz Hachten

Coordinator of General Education

Sarah Hessenauer

College of Graduate Studies & Continuing Education

Kim Duesing

University Staff Council

Ahmad Karim

College of Business & Economics'

Carmen Rivers

Academic Staff Assembly

Sarah Hessenauer

Audit and Review Committee

Vacant

College of Arts & Communication

Matt Mallin

Student Affairs

Vacant

Whitewater Student Government

Justin Wesolek

Whitewater Student Government

Jessica Bonjour

General Education and Review Committee

Vacant

Academic Development Committee

Final Reports and Recommendations

For further information, please review previous reports and recommendations.

2018                                         2015
2013                                         2012

General Education Review Committee (GERC)

  FUNCTIONS

  1. Responsible for ongoing review, evaluation, and assessment of the General Education program and its components, including proficiency, Core, and other required and elective courses.
  2. Develop and review proposals for changes in general education goals and outcomes, policies, and curriculum for action by the University Curriculum Committee (UCC) for curriculum matters and/or the Faculty Senate for policy matters.
  3. Recommend to the UCC appropriate courses for inclusion in the General Education program.
  4. Periodically report to the UCC and to the Faculty Senate.

MEMBERSHIP
24 members broken down as follows:

  • 10 are elected or appointed and 14 are ex-officio
  • 19 are voting and 5 are non-voting

Elected or Appointed, voting members:

  • One faculty member elected by and from each constituency (The College of Arts and Communication and Library constituency representation should come from the College, not Library.):
    • College of Arts and Communication
    • College of Business and Economics
    • College of Education and Professional Studies
    • College of Integrated Studies
    • College of Letters and Sciences
  • One faculty or staff member elected by and from the Library.
  • Two student members, as chosen by Whitewater Student Government.
  • One faculty member elected by and from the Diversity Curriculum Committee.
  • One faculty member elected by and from the faculties of the four natural science departments (Biology, Chemistry, Physics, and Geography, Geology & Environmental Science) will serve as the representative for the lab science courses.

Ex officio, voting members:

  • Coordinator of Communication 110 (or faculty member will be elected from the relevant department)
  • Coordinator of PEGNRL 192 (or faculty member will be elected from the relevant department)
  • Coordinator of developmental and proficiency Mathematics (or faculty member will be elected from the relevant department)
  • Coordinator of Freshman English courses (or faculty member will be elected from the relevant department)
  • Coordinator of GENED 110
  • Coordinator of GENED 120
  • Coordinator of GENED 130
  • Coordinator of GENED 140
  • Coordinator of GENED 390

Ex officio, non-voting members:

  • General Education Coordinator
  • Academic Assessment Director
  • Academic Advising and Exploration Center Director or designee
  • Director of First Year Programs or designee
  • Representative from Student Affairs

TERMS
Three-year staggered terms for the elected faculty representatives and one-year terms for the student representatives.

Current Committee Membership

General Education Review Committee

Letters & Sciences

elected by constituency

2022

Baocheng Han

Library

elected by constituency

2022

Barbara Bren

Business & Economics

elected by constituency

2020

Jeff Heinrich

Arts & Comm

elected by constituency

2021

Rachel Wood

Education & Prof Studies

elected by constituency

2021

May Vang

Integrated Studies

elected by constituency

2022

Ken Brosky

Lab Sciences representative

elected by relevant departments

2020

Jessica Bonjour

Diversity Curriculum Committee representative

chosen by Diversity Curriculum Committee

annual

Martha Stephenson

Student #1

chosen by Whitewater Student Government

annual

Noah Zentner

Student #2

chosen by Whitewater Student Government

annual

~vacant~

Freshman English Coordinator (voting)

ex-officio

ongoing

Dana Prodoehl

COMM 110 Coordinator (voting)

ex-officio

ongoing

Tammy French

Developmental and Proficiency Math Coordinator (voting)

ex-officio

ongoing

Geetha Samaranyake

GENED 110 coordinator (voting)

ex-officio

ongoing

Deborah Wilk

GENED 120 coordinator (voting)

ex-officio

ongoing

Jim Coons

ongoing

Sinae Hyun

GENED 130 coordinator (voting)

ex-officio

ongoing

Elizabeth Olson

GENED 140 coordinator (voting)

ex-officio

ongoing

*Jeff Zimmerman

GENED 390 coordinator (voting)

ex-officio

ongoing

~vacant~

PEGNRL 192 Coordinator (voting)

ex-officio

ongoing

~vacant~

General Education Coordinator (non-voting)

ex-officio

ongoing

Liz Hachten

AAEC Director or designee (non-voting)

ex-officio

ongoing

JP Villavicencio

Academic Assessment Director (non-voting)

ex-officio

ongoing

Catherine Chan

Administrator from Student Affairs (non-voting)

ex-officio

ongoing

~vacant~

Director, First Year Programs or designee   (non-voting)

ex-officio

ongoing

Jes Cisneros

University Assessment Committee (UAC)

Mission

  • To work with the Director of Academic Assessment in identifying professional development opportunities for faculty to assist them with the design and implementation of assessment plans.
  • To work with the Director of Academic Assessment in identifying professional development opportunities for faculty to assist them in using the assessment process and data to improve their courses and teaching.
  • To review UW-Whitewater and UW System Assessment policies and to respond, when necessary, on behalf of faculty.
  • To identify and review all external agency requirements regarding assessment data on behalf of the faculty.
  • To review and archive departments and colleges' assessment plans.
  • To review and approve assessment plans for all new campus programs.
  • To review campus assessment reports.
  • To assist academic units in meeting the criteria of accreditation agencies.
  • To assist in the design of an assessment model that departments may use when gathering data to be included in the Audit and Review report.
  • To work with the Director of Academic Assessment in gathering assessment data and using it appropriately.
  • To assist the Director of Academic Assessment in holding an annual Assessment Day including reviewing submissions for the event.
  • To develop annual campus assessment awards.
  • To identify annual recipients of campus assessment awards.
  • To develop and maintain a collection of UW-Whitewater rubrics and encourage use of rubrics by faculty and staff.

Membership

Membership includes one faculty or instructional academic staff member representative each from Communication, Languages and Literatures and Mathematics Departments, elected by the respective departments; one representative from General Education Review Committee, to be elected by the General Education Review Committee; one faculty or instructional academic staff member elected from each college; two students to be chosen by Whitewater Student Government. Additionally, ex-officio members include one representative from the assessment staff of each college and the director of Academic Assessment (ex-officio).

Members

Arts & Comm/Library

elected by constituency

2021

Amal Ibrahim

Business & Economics

elected by constituency

2021

Kwan Ahn

Communications

elected by department

2019

Ed Frederick

Education & Prof Studies

elected by constituency

2020

James Collins

Integrated Studies

elected by constituency

2021

Kyle Fingerson

Languages & Literatures

elected by department

~vacant~

Letters & Sciences

elected by constituency

2020

Dan Baumgardt

Math

elected by department

2020

Rachel Chaphalkar

Student #1

chosen by Whitewater Student Government

annual

Student #2

chosen by Whitewater Student Government

annual

GENED Review Committee Representative

chosen by GENED Review Committee

2019

*Tammy French

Arts & Comm Assessment Representative

ex-officio

ongoing

Business & Economics Assessment Representative

ex-officio

ongoing

Education & Prof Studies Assessment Representative

ex-officio

ongoing

Integrated Studies Assessment Representative

ex-officio

ongoing

Letters & Sciences Assessment Representative

ex-officio

ongoing

Director of Academic Assessment

ex-officio

ongoing

Catherine Chan

College of Arts & Communication Assessment Committee (CoAC)

Function of committee

The College of Arts and Communication assessment committee reports on assessment activities in the College, responds to various campus and College reports (Audit & Review, ELARC, etc.), promotes participation in Assessment Day, and evaluates applications for College assessment grants.

Committee Membership

Membership includes a representative from each department, recommended by Chairs and appointed by the Dean, serving three-year staggered terms.

Members (2019-2020)

Representing

Jared Janovec & Gautam Wadhwa

Arts and Design

Corey Davis  

Communication

Jeff Herriott  

Media Arts and Game Development

Deborah Wilk (Committee Chair)

Music

Eric Appleton

Theatre and Dance

College of Business & Economics Assurance of Learning Committee

Function of Committee

The College of Business and Economics assessment committee goes by the title of Assurance of Learning Committee, and it reviews and makes recommendations related to Assurance of Learning goals, processes, evaluations, rubrics and results at the undergraduate and graduate levels.

Membership

Membership includes the Associate Dean(s), Assistant Dean (undergraduate programs), and a representative from each department serving two-year staggered terms.  Members are actively engaged in teaching courses in which college AoL outcomes are measured in undergraduate or graduate programs. The Associate Dean (Accreditation) chairs the committee.

Committee Members (2019 - 2020)

Representing

Jodi Gissel

Accounting

Amin Vahedian

John Verghese

Information Technology & Supply Chain Management

Jeff Heinrich

Economics

Pascal Letourneau

Tilda Nguyen

Finance and Business Law

Denise Schulz

Megan Matthews

Management

Robert Boostrom

Marketing

Todd Loushine

Occupational & Environmental Safety & Health

College of Education & Professional Studies - Assessment Committee

Purpose of Assessment Committee

Assessment Committee meets regularly to review program and department assessment plans and to assist the College in its ongoing improvement processes. It serves as an assessment resource for the College and helps carry out systematic reviews of all programs under College purview.  It is a liaison between the College and other university assessment bodies, such as the Audit & Review committee and ELARC and provides leadership for state reviews and national accreditation processes.  

Committee Membership  

Membership includes one representative from each department serving two-year staggered terms.  The Committee will elect a chairperson by and from its membership at the first meeting of each academic year.  The Associate and Assistant Deans will also serve as ex-officio members of the committee. 

Members (2019 - 2020)

Representing

Katy Casey (Chair)

Dean’s Office

Marie Benson

Dean's Office

Giuliana Miolo

Communication Sciences & Disorders

Carrie Merino

Counselor Education

Anne Stinson

Curriculum & Instruction

Scott Peters

Educational Foundations

Mark Schroeder

Educational Foundations

Emily Beasley

HPERC

James Collins

Special Education

College of Letters & Sciences - Assessment Committee 

Committee Mission Statement

The L&S Assessment Committee provides resources, leadership, and oversight related to academic assessment in support of the larger mission of the University and the College to provide a range of high-quality degree programs that are innovative, responsive to society, and based on a sound foundation in liberal education. The Committee meets this mission by:

  • Reviewing departmental assessment plans and aiding departments in the assessment process.
  • Serving as an assessment resource for the College and developing College assessment standards and procedures, particularly with regard to general education.
  • Serving as a liaison between the College and other University assessment bodies.
  • Serving as a resource to departments undergoing Audit & Review.

Funding Assessment Research

Twice a year, the College solicits proposals from its programs and departments.  The best proposals are funded by the College during the summer and Winterim terms, periods when faculty typically have more time to devote to assessment related activities.  Although relatively small in scale, the funded projects are very important to their departments, the College, and the wider University.  During the past two years approximately 20 such projects have received funding.  Those who received funds are required to submit a brief report and are also encouraged to share their research in the form of a poster during Assessment Day. 

Sharing Assessment Results

Assessment committee activities are regularly shared with Dean David Travis and the College of L&S Administrative Council.  Assessment committee representatives are also encouraged to share their assessment knowledge and insights with all interested parties within their departments and to take a leadership role on their departmental assessment committee and when their department conducts their annual meeting on assessment.  Committee member have also employed other means for documenting our progress, such as sharing results with the rest of the college during our annual fall retreat and the wider campus community and other stakeholders at Assessment Day events. 

Committee Membership

Membership includes one representative from each department serving two-year staggered terms.  The Committee will elect a chairperson by and from its membership at the first meeting of each academic year.  The Associate and Assistant Deans will also serve as ex-officio members of the committee. 

Ex Officio Continuing Term:

Representing

Term

Elizabeth Hachten (Co-Chair)

Assistant Dean (Co-Chair)

Ex Officio Continuting

Fe Evangelista (Co-Chair)

Associate Dean (Co-Chair)

Ex Officio Continuing

2018-2020 Term:

Heather Pelzel

Biological Sciences

2018-20

John Eknik

Chemistry

2018-20

Zachary Oster

Computer Science

2018-20

Jeff Olson

Geography, Geology, Environmental Science

2018-20

Rachel Chaphalker

Mathematics

2018-20

2019-2021 Term:

Nengher Vang

Race & Ethnic Studies

2019-21

Kimberly Nath

History

2019-21

Alexis Piper

Languages and Literatures

2019-21

Lisa Huempfner

World Languages and Cultures

2019-21

Michael Gueno

Philosophy and Religious Studies

2019-21

Louis Fucilla

Political Science

2019-21

Sasha Karnes

Psychology

2019-21

Katherine Drechsler 

Social Work 

2019-21

Leda Nath

Sociology, Criminology & Anthropology

2019-21

Ellie Schemenauer

Women's & Gender Studie

2019-21

 

Meeting Schedule
The assessment committee for the College of Letters and Sciences meets on the first Tuesday of each month 8:00 am-9:15 am.

College of Integrated Studies  - Assessment Committee

Committee Members (2019 - 2020)

Representing

John A. Pruitt

Chair & Assessment Coordinator

George Jones

Social Sciences

Mike Gorman

Natural Sciences/Math

Location

Office of Academic Assessment
450 Heide Hall 
800 West Main Street 
Whitewater, WI 53190 

Office Hours:
Monday - Friday
7:45 AM - 4:30 PM

 

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