The mission of the College of Arts & Sciences Assessment Committee (CASAC) is to ensure that all of its departments, centers, and programs are engaging in continuous, comprehensive, and transformative assessment.
CASAC maintains that:
Assessment is continuous when instructional units are in the process of collecting, analyzing, and responding to assessment data throughout the academic year.
Assessment is comprehensive when it encompasses both instructional and non-instructional outcomes and when it is responsive to the needs and demands of all academic stake-holders: faculty, students, university and system administrators, and national and regional accrediting agencies.
Assessment is transformative when it results in instructional and programmatic changes that allow teaching and learning to more closely align and integrate with the vision, mission, and goals of the institution.
CASAC is primarily responsible for coordinating and facilitating all assessment activities within the college. This includes, but is not limited to:
Generating and maintaining an institutionalized process for conducting college-wide assessment which incorporates a uniform and well-publicized set of procedures, guidelines, timelines, and forms
i) Providing ongoing support for assessment efforts by sponsoring periodic training, workshops, and seminars on effective assessment practices
ii) Providing open access to information regarding procedures, timelines, and levels of accountability in the assessment process via the maintenance of an assessment Website
CASAC is also responsible for setting annual assessment goals for the college as a whole, for assessing how well these goals have been met at the end of each assessment cycle, and for modifying future assessment goals for the college in light of this assessment.
Finally, CASAC is responsible for generating an annual list of mission objectives and for delineating a set of activities for accomplishing each of these objectives. CASAC will periodically assess how well it is accomplishing its mission objectives and will modify its own activities throughout the academic year in response to these periodic assessments.
College of Arts & Sciences Assessment Goals / 2008-2009
(1) 100% of all departments will have acceptable mission statements
CASAC Mission Objectives / 2008-2009
(1) The committee will determine the current status of assessment activities within the college
(2) The committee will create a uniform and publically accessible set of assessment procedures
(3) The committee will publicize its activities to all departments and to the university community
(4) The committee will create an operational structure which details lines of communications and areas of assessment responsibility
Committee Activities / 2008-2009
(1a) Committee members will write brief (1-2 page) summaries of current assessment activities in their own departments
(1b) CASAC Chair will identify and compile previous assessment reports from all departments
(2a) CASAC will construct a template for all departmental mission statements and committee members will work with their department chairs to generate mission statements for each department that fit this template
(2b) CASAC Chair will draft a set of initial documents and forms for departments to use in conducting and reporting assessment data and will recommend to CASAC a reporting time-line for the 2009-2010 assessment cycle
(3a) CASAC committee member will volunteer to work with Office of the Dean of Arts & Sciences to create a tasked assessment website
(3b) CASAC Chair, working with the Dean of Arts & Sciences, will communicate the committee's activities to Chair's Council, Deans Council, the Strategic Planning Committee, the Middle States Steering Committee and to the Office of the Provost
(4) CASAC Chair will generate a flowchart which visually depicts how the committee relates operationally with the Dean, with departments, and with Chair's Council in terms of communicating information, reporting assessment data, and making and implementing assessment recommendations