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Academic Assessment Committee


The Academic Assessment Committee will provide oversight, identify needs, develop recommendations and policies regarding institution-wide assessment of student learning in order to strengthen the university and enhance its accountability. It will also recommend changes in academic assessment processes; review the usefulness of academic assessment strategies, reporting strategies and feedback processes; and ensure that assessment data are used to inform decision-making at all levels. The committee will support, fully or in part, faculty initiatives related to the improvement of academic assessment programs. The committee will maintain close communications with the Faculty Senate, the office of the provost, the UCA Core Council, and other appropriate committees, administrative bodies, and academic units.


  1. Review individual programs’ assessment plans and processes and recommend ways for improvement.
  2. Advise faculty, departments, and colleges on assessment procedures and methods.
  3. Review and implement policies for reporting assessment data.
  4. Development and implement policies for dissemination of assessment data.
  5. Solicit proposals from faculty and award funds for initiatives to improve assessment.


Annual Report and Presentation: A written report shall be provided to the Faculty Senate by April 1 of each year.  This report should summarize the body’s activities during the prior year, provide appropriate statistics and data, and outline planning for the following year.  The report should be approved by the membership of the committee. The chair of this committee shall contact the president of the Faculty Senate to schedule a presentation to the Senate by this same date.


  1. The director of academic assessment who serves as the chair.
  2. One faculty member from each academic college and one faculty member who is unaffiliated with the academic colleges. Appointments are made by the respective dean or director.  Members serve staggered three-year terms.  Initial appointees will draw for length of term at the first meeting of the committee.
  3. The director of the UCA Core
  4. One undergraduate student appointed by the SGA for a one-year term
  5. A graduate student appointed by the dean of the graduate school for a one-year term.


Member Representing … Term Title/Role
Jake Held Academic Assessment Permanent Chair
Susan Myers College of Business 2024 Dean Appointment
Donna Wake College of Education 2023 Dean Appointment
Scott Meador College of Arts, Humanities, & Social Sciences 2022 Dean Appointment
Misty Booth College of Health & Behavioral Sciences 2024 Dean Appointment
Olcay Kursun College of Natural Sciences and Mathematics 2022 Dean Appointment
Leah Horton Unaffiliated/Honors 2023 Dean Appointment
Laura Niswonger General Education Permanent UCA Core Council Designee
 VACANT Undergraduate Students 2022 SGA Appointment
 VACANT Graduate Students 2022 Dean of Grad. School Appointment



Monthly during the academic year.

Reports to


Agendas and Minutes


Minutes are sent to the President of the Faculty Senate. Report is due to the Faculty Senate by April 15th of each year.

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