The Academic Assessment Committee

 Academic Assessment Committee

The Academic Assessment Committee is a joint committee that provides faculty oversight for academic assessment at the University of Florida. The committee duties are to:

  • review and take action on Academic Learning Compacts (ALCs) for all undergraduate programs, Academic Assessment Plans for all undergraduate, graduate, professional, and certificate academic programs, and all Student Learning Outcomes (SLOs) and Program Goals for each academic program at the University,
  • review and approve the Institutional Assessment Plans for General Education and the Quality Enhancement Plan,
  • review the scope and validity of assessment measures and make recommendations to faculty when measures appear to be misaligned with the outcomes or goals they are intended to measure,
  • provide guidance to faculty on all matters related to the assessment of SLOs and program goals,
  • and provide an annual report of its work, findings, and recommendations to the Senate and the President.

You can access the Academic Assessment Committee's latest research report at: Assessment@UF: Context Matters

What the Committee examines when it reviews Academic Assessment Plans

1. Adherence to UF Guidelines. The committee reviews the sections of the Academic Assessment Plans to ensure they follow UF guidelines for Student Learning Outcomes (SLOs) and Program Goals(PGs), and present compete information for all of the plan sections (see the SLO and Program Goal guideAAP Instructions, and Planning Resources for additional information). 

2. Validity. The committee examines the validity broadly to examine the degree to which the intended measures provide information that is appropriate for its intended interpretarion and use.

  • SLOs. The committee examines the validity of SLO assessment measures by evaluating the appropriatness of the interpretation and use made of the results for the groups for whom the assessment is developed (Miller, Linn, & Gronlund, 2013; AERA, APA, & NCME 2014).
  • Program Goals. The committee examines the validty of Program Goal measures by evaluating appropriateness of the interpretation and use of the measure's results for the goal.

 3. Types of measures used for SLO assessment. The committee reviews the SLO measures to ensure that these are faculty developed and administered, and not third party examinations (see Use of External Exams for Academic Assessment).

4. Use of grades as SLO measures. The committee reviews the SLO measures to ensure that course grades are not used (see Use of Grades for Academic Assessment). 

5. Reliability. When reliability data are reported, the committee reviews these to ensure that they meet commonly accepted standards.

References

American Educational Research Association [AERA], American Psychological Association [APA], & the National Council on Measurement in Education [NCME]. (2014). Standards for educational and psychological testing. Washington, DC: American Educational Research Association.

Miller, M. D., Linn, R. L., & Gronlund, N. E. (2013). Measurement and assessment in teaching (11th ed.). New York, NY: Pearson