Cameron University named to inaugural class of Excellence in Assessment designees

Cameron University is one of only 10 colleges and universities across the nation to be named in the inaugural class of Excellence in Assessment designees, as announced by the Association of Public & Land-Grant Universities (APLU). The designation recognizes Cameron’s commitment to the comprehensive assessment of student learning outcomes as a means to drive internal improvement and advance student success.

The Excellence in Assessment (EIA) program is the only national designation of its kind and spotlights institutions successfully integrating assessment practices across campus, providing evidence of student learning outcomes, and using assessment results to guide institutional decision-making and improve student performance.

“We are honored to be included in the inaugural class of Excellence in Assessment designees,” says President John McArthur. “A critical part of our commitment to student success is our on-going assessment of student learning outcomes. I would like to express my appreciation to Dr. Mike Husak, Professor of Agriculture and Biological Sciences, for his leadership in preparing Cameron’s application for this designation. Also deserving of recognition are members of the application committee including Beth Adele, Dr. Howard Kuchta, Dr. Edris Montalvo, Dr. Karla Oty, Mary Penick, Dr. Holly Rice, Dr. Kirsten Underwood and Vice President Ronna Vanderslice.”

In announcing Cameron as a designee, APLU noted, “Cameron University has various processes in place to ensure student learning is the top priority. To meet the needs of students, it continually evaluates the quality of programs to determine whether changes are warranted. Over the last 20 years, Cameron University has documented an extensive commitment to assessment and enjoyed a campus-wide commitment to the assessment process. Positive student learning outcomes, engagement in, monitoring of, and compiling of assessment results at both the program- and campus-level are their signature accomplishments.”

During the EIA application process, Cameron received feedback from the EIA reviewers who cited the university’s “especially good practice of requiring their academic programs to draw connections between courses and the general education learning outcomes.” The reviewers also thought the application demonstrated thoughtful, systemic efforts to build an embedded culture of assessment within the university.

Additional EIA designees are Capella University; the Community College of Baltimore County; Indiana University-Purdue University, Indianapolis; Kansas State University; Mills College; Mount St. Joseph University; the Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology; the University of Wisconsin-Madison; and Zayed University.

The sponsors of the EIA program are the Voluntary System of Accountability, a public college and university transparency initiative led by APLU, and the American Association of State Colleges and Universities, in partnership with the Association of American Colleges & Universities and the National Institute for Learning Outcomes Assessment.

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August 23, 2016

PR# 16-127