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.

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 2013-2014

Program Assessment Coordinator
Art Tracey Salaway* & Max Kazemzadeh
ASL, BA Don Miller*
ASL, MA Raychelle Harris*
Biology Raymond Merritt & Cara Gormally
Charlene Sorenson 
Communication Studies Robert Harrison*
Deaf Studies, BA Arlene B. Kelly*
Deaf Studies, MA Gene Mirus*
English Jennifer Nelson
History William Ennis
Information Technology  Qi Wang
International Studies 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 Julie Fennell
Ethan Sinnott*
World Languages and Cultures
Amanda Holzrichter
GSR Leslie Rach*
Honors Geoffrey Whitebread
Business (Accounting) Marie Ogork 
Business (Bus Adm) Marie Ogork 
Education, BA Julie Mitchiner
Education, MA Julie Mitchiner
Education, PhD Julie Mitchiner
Counseling Mary Hufnell
Counseling, MHC Mary Hufnell
Counseling, Summer Mary Hufnell
Government David Penna*
HSLS: SLP, MA Brenda Seal
HSLS: PhD Brenda Seal
HSLS: AuD Brenda Seal
Interpretation, BA Keith Cagle*
Interpretation, MA Christopher Stone*
Interpretation, PhD Cynthia Roy*
International Dvlp, MA Amy Wilson*
Public Affairs, MPA Mark Myers
PE-Rec VACANT (Christen Smith*)
Social Work, BA David Barclay*
Social Work, MA Teresa Crowe*
*also the program director or department chair
Student Affairs William Kachman
GRI Sen Qi
Library Sarah Hamick & Elizabeth Henry
Bernstein Leadership Institute Simon Guteng
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