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University Assessment Infrastructure
Executive Council on Assessment
The Executive Council on Assessment (ECA) is the strategic planning body for academic assessment activities in the University and was reconstituted in AY 2016-2017 to provide guidance in the development and implementation of assessment methods for learning outcomes and student affairs. A major function of the ECA is to oversee two university-wide assessment councils, the Assessment Council on Learning Outcomes (ACLO) and the Assessment Council on the Student Experience (ACSE).
The members of the ECA are appointed by the Senior VP for Academic Affairs, who chairs the council. The core membership includes the VP for Institutional Research, and other Associate VP’s of Academic Affairs, representatives from each of the Chancellors, the chair of the ACLO, the chair of the ACSE, faculty with expertise in assessment, and any others deemed appropriate by the Senior VP for Academic Affairs.
Each member of this ECA has a special responsibility, interest and expertise in assessment and accreditation issues. (ECA members for AY2017-2018)
Assessment Council on Learning Outcomes
The Assessment Council on Learning Outcomes is chaired by the Associate VP for Academic Affairs, Teaching and Assessment. Each school in the University submits an annual learning outcomes assessment report to the ACLO for review. All of the schools in the University have some assessment body or a faculty committee or a decanal officer with direct responsibility for assessment, and often all three, that prepares the annual learning outcome assessment report for the school. In the larger schools, departments have their own designated assessment committee or officer who prepare reports for the dean responsible for assessment.
Each assessment report submitted to the ACLO is assigned to a two-person review team by the chair. The reviewers submit their comments to the chair, who then constructs a narrative that is sent to the dean of the school under review, and to the Senior VP for Academic Affairs (SVPAA). The chair also writes a letter to the SVPAA summarizing the year’s review process, highlights major accomplishments and areas for which the ACLO recommends change. The SVPAA subsequently consults with the Chancellors as necessary
Assessment Council on the Student Experience
The Assessment Council on The Student Experience (ACSE) was created in the Spring 2017 term, to coordinate assessment activities across a wide array of university offices that promote and support the student experience at Rutgers. Its members are drawn from units reporting to the SVPAA, e.g., the Libraries, from the chancellors’ student affairs offices, and to the extent necessary the chancellors’ offices of academic affairs.
The ACSE will create a set of assessment basics in a template format that will provide a superstructure for annual assessment reports by the varied units involved, i.e., Libraries, Student Affairs, Disabilities Services, etc. The first series of reports will be submitted to the ACSE by July 1, 2018, following a process very similar to that used by the ACLO.
Updated: August 2017