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University Assessment Committee

As part of the University's ongoing commitment to support a culture of assessment on campus the University Assessment Committee has been established to help academic and administrative units to create and implement assessment plans. The UAC meets at least four times per year to share best practices in assessment. The fall meetings focus on peer review and feedback of academic program assessments from across the university. In the spring, experts from outside of the university as well as from within our community are invited to share their experiences and tips on a variety of assessment topics. 

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Upcoming Meetings

All UAC meetings will take place in Beck A/B from 10am - noon. Light refreshments will be provided. 

Fall 2023 Meetings

  • October 6, 2023
    10:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m.

  • November 3, 2023
    10 a.m.-12 p.m.

Spring 2024 Meetings

  • February 23, 2024
    10-11:30 a.m.

  • April 5, 2024
    10-11:30 a.m. 

Please view this link to view past presentations and takeaways. 

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UAC Members

  • Jonathan Farina
  • Kaerielle Larsen
  • Sona Patel
  • Concetta Beale
  • Abe Zakhem
  • Amanda Carcione
  • Amy Kline
  • Andrew Minegar
  • Cara Foerst
  • Genevieve Zipp
  • Gregory Burton
  • Gregory Iannarella
  • James Daniel
  • Jessica Cottrell
  • John Saccoman
  • Judith Lucas
  • Leigh Onimus
  • Lisa DeLuca
  • Martin Edwards
  • Mary Balkun
  • Michael LaFountaine
  • Mitra Shojania-Feizabadi
  • Nalin Johri
  • Nancy Enright
  • Paige Fisher
  • Paul Fisher
  • Randall Clemens
  • Ruth Segal
  • Susan Nolan
  • Vasiliki (Betty) Sgouras
  • Vikram Dayalu
  • Eric Podchaski

Origination of the UAC

Seton Hall’s formally organized and centralized assessment efforts date back to at least the late 1990s, though participation in formal assessment may extend back even further, especially in our programs governed by external disciplinary accreditors. The original University Assessment Committee was composed of representatives from the faculty and administration, including representatives from the Provost’s Office and from the University’s Office of Institutional Research, and the committee worked toward increasing awareness of the burgeoning role of outcomes assessment in regional accreditation, guiding campus discussions, arranging workshops by national experts, and working with specific departments and programs to increase the number of faculty who were adept at and active in outcomes assessment. This Committee continues to the present with a steering committee and a larger University group with representation from all academic programs and various administrative offices. The committee has continuously been led by one of the Associate Provosts because it is respected as a crucial responsibility of the Division of Academic Affairs. For the past seven years, the committee has also included an appointed faculty liaison, with some support from the Provost. The assistance and insight of the University’s Office of Institutional Research has also been a consistent thread, with formal representation by IR on the steering committee itself.

Part of the effort of this committee has been to monitor and gather Annual Assessment Reports from the range of academic and administrative programs at the University and to review them for effectiveness, including learning outcomes, strength of the data and effective implementation of results toward program improvement. The University has provided innovative supports for stronger assessment work, such as a recurring program, sponsored by our office of Teaching, Learning and Technology, to provide mini-grants for assessment innovations, and for several years a peer review session during which assessment liaisons read and provide constructive criticism of the assessment reports from a different discipline. The same peer group also regularly gathers for presentations by faculty on departmental assessment efforts as well as assessment projects and other topics of relevance presented by administrative colleagues.

Along with these efforts to encourage innovative assessment, another important task of the committee is recognizing and publicizing excellence in assessment. Noteworthy among our programs is a continuous history of intense assessment work by the English Department, including a First-Year Writing Program that has sustained continuous innovation since the 1980s, and an assessment program in the School of Business in which alumni and other business leaders evaluate student team projects; this latter program has been the subject of multiple publications (most recently as a chapter in Exemplars of Assessment in Higher Education: Diverse Approaches to Addressing Accreditation Standards (Souza & Rose, Eds., 2021) and won awards as a best assessment practice from AACSB as well as the CHEA (Council on Higher Education Accreditation) as an Outstanding Institutional Practice in Student Learning Outcomes.