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University Assessment Committee (UAC)

The UAC is a standing committee of the University Academic Senate. The committee meets in full session biweekly during the academic year (Mondays, 3:00 - 5:00 PM), and committee members typically meet in small groups in the intervening weeks to complete formal reviews of the assessment reports and strategic plan updates that are submitted to UAC .

Each semester, UAC members review and provide feedback on 30-40 assessment reports and 15-25 strategic plan updates from academic and co-curricular units across the university. The UAC has recently developed and adopted new reporting processes in conjunction with the development of GVSU's new assessment tracking and reporting systems: GVPlan for strategic planning, and GVAssess for the assessment of student outcomes. The recent year-end reports posted below summarize these efforts in greater detail.

The core responsibilities of UAC include: 

  • Providing leadership and support to university constituents as they design and implement the five to six year self-study report and every two years student learning outcome assessment plans/reports with strategic plans updates based on best practices.
  • Reviewing and providing feedback on assessment plans, reports, and self-studies submitted by all academic programs and most service units*.
    *service unit representatives are appointed to serve as the primary reviewer of reports submitted by service units
  • Providing instructions for reporting formats and schedules.
  • Provided feedback to Administration in support of ongoing accreditation standards as set forth by the Higher Learning Commission.
  • Conducting user training on the on-line system for reporting Assessment reviews/plans and Self-study updates/reports. 
  • Maintaining and updating the UAC website, Blackboard site, submission links as needed, and Assessment Report and Self-study (ARSS) automated timeline and notification system (4 month and 2 month notifications).

...from faculty handbook 2016-17

Additional responsibilities:

In addition to the normal responsibilities outlined in the faculty handbook, the UAC is receives additional charges each year from the University Academic Senate.

End of year reports: