In an effort to increase universitywide awareness of its work and
focus, the University Assessment Committee (UAC) will soon be releasing a series of
news posts to inform the community about its various initiatives.
The University Assessment Committee’s purpose is to guide
student learning outcomes (SLOs) assessment efforts across campus. Its primary
objective is to explore the university’s efforts in assessing student learning
outcomes. SLOs measure how well students achieve the broad learning goals
set by our Liberal Studies program, specific academic program goals set by
colleges and departments, and the cocurricular goals set by the Division of
Student Affairs. At IUP, assessment of undergraduate and graduate student
learning outcomes achievement is accomplished through a multilayered approach,
with concerted assessment efforts at the university, college, and program
Assessment of student learning outcomes is singled out as
one of the Middle States Characteristics of Excellence. Understanding if students are meeting SLOs is important to the
entire university community, including academics, liberal studies, and student
affairs; these measures are an indication of the value of an IUP degree.
The UAC, formed in 2008, is made up of representatives
from all academic colleges as well as the library, the Council of Chairs,
Student Affairs, Liberal Studies, Institutional Research and Planning, and
Watch for our next news post on the Collegiate Learning
Assessment+ (CLA+) and how IUP compares to other institutions in the nation.
For more information, please visit the UAC website.