Assessment Council

Office of Academic Quality established an interdisciplinary Assessment Council, which is composed of designated Assessment Coordinators from each academic department and service program. This position is considered a vital function within departments/programs. 

Peer Review
Assessment Council convenes one to two times each semester to conduct a peer review of the learning assessment reports submitted by academic departments and service programs. The coordinators work in teams to analyze the assessment reports, provide feedback by completing the OAQ's learning assessment report rubric, and participate in an inquiry of the reports and their assessment work.

The coordinators also meet to discuss assessment-specific issues, share ideas and strategies, assist one another in the development, coordination, and successful application of departmental assessments of student learning. Best practices are usually identified and made available to the coordinators for their own assessment work.

Assessment Handbook
To support and strengthen the assessment process, this Assessment Handbook contains information on the assessment of student learning at Gallaudet University and is for the department chairs, program directors, and program/unit assessment coordinators. Included in this handbook are expectations, guides, examples, explanations, and resources for developing, planning and reporting on assessment. 

Role of Assessment Coordinators
Assessment Coordinators provide leadership and support in the assessment of student learning and the use of learning assessment data for program improvement in their unit.
To do so, the Assessment Coordinator:

  1. Develops and updates (in conjunction with Department Chair/Unit head, and faculty/ staff) the unit's plan for using program-level student learning assessment to improve the program by:
    a. Engaging unit colleagues in shared conversations about student learning and assessment, and the use of assessment data for program improvement.
    b. Leading the development and periodic review of unit outcomes.
    c. Leading the development and periodic review of unit curriculum and assessment activities matrices.
    d. Leading the development and implementation of direct and indirect assessment methods appropriate for the unit.
    e. Leading the collection of data about the program and student learning.
    f. Working with other faculty and staff to close the loop between what is found in the data and improving student learning.
  2. Provides annual updates of progress and/or achievements (Learning Assessment Update) to the Senate curriculum councils, Dean, Provost and Office of Academic Quality.
  3. Participates as a member of the Assessment Council (AC). Activities include:
    a. Functioning as a peer professional development group member with other Assessment Coordinators;
    b. Reviewing and providing feedback on annual Learning Assessment Updates. 
  4. Functions as unit specialist in learning assessment by through professional development and use of resources.
  5. Keeps the unit informed about Gallaudet University's institutional requirements regarding learning assessment.

Council's Membership Roster: AY 2015-2016 (as of Fall 2015)

Program Assessment Coordinator
Art Marguerite Glass
ASL, BA Wanda Riddle
ASL, MA Patrick Boudreault
Biology Cara Gormally
Dave Snyder*
Communication Studies VACANT
Deaf Studies, BA Arlene B. Kelly*
Deaf Studies, MA Gene Mirus*
English Kristen Harmon
History Barry Bergen
Information Technology  Mohammad Obiedat
International Studies (WLC)
Roberto Sanchez*
Linguistics, MA Deb Chen Pichler
Linguistics, PhD Deb Chen Pichler
Math-CS James Nickerson 
Philosophy Barbara Stock*
Psychology, BA Deb McCaw
Psychology - School Psy Tania Thomas-Presswood*
Psychology - Clinical* Carolyn Corbett* 
Sociology VACANT
Spanish (WLC) Amanda Holzrichter
Cheryl Lindquist
GSR Leslie Rach*
Honors Geoffrey Whitebread
Business (Accounting) Qi Wang 
Business (Bus Adm) Qi Wang 
Education, BA Julie Mitchiner
Education, MA Julie Mitchiner
Education, PhD Julie Mitchiner
Counseling Danielle Thompson-Ochoa
Counseling, MHC Danielle Thompson-Ochoa
Government David Penna*
HSLS: SLP, MA Brenda Seal
HSLS: PhD Dragana Barac-Cikoja
HSLS: AuD Chizuko Tamaki
Interpretation, BA Keith Cagle*
Interpretation, MA VACANT
Interpretation, PhD VACANT
International Dvlp, MA VACANT
Public Affairs, MPA Marlon Kuntze
PE-Rec Ryan Barlongo
Social Work, BA David Barclay*
Social Work, MA Teresa Crowe*
*also the program director or department chair
Academic Advising Cheryl Murgel
Alcohol and Other Drugs Programs Christine Gannon*
Athletics Anna Hall
Campus Activities Mary Keane*/Eyob Zerayesus
Career Center Anjali Desai-Margolin
Commuter Programs Mary Keane*/Roger Williams
Health and Wellness Programs Christine Gannon*
Mental Health Center William Kachman
New Student Orientation Mary Keane*/Melissa Kononenko
Office of Student Conduct Eloise Molock*
Office for Students with Disabilities  Karen Terhune
Residence Life and Housing Karl Ewan
Student Success Darian Burwell*
Tutorial & Instructional Programs Rhonda Madden 
Library Sarah Hamick & Elizabeth Henry

*also the program director or department chair

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