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Proposal 29-16

The University Senate of Michigan Technological University

Proposal 29-16
(editorial change: 04-20-16)
(admin editorial changes 05-17-16)

(Voting Units: Academic) 

"Proposal to Formally Establish Assessment Liaisons in all Units Mandated to Participate in the Assessment Process"

PDF version of Proposal 29-16

We propose that assessment liaisons be appointed in all academic units that are obligated to participate in the Gen Ed and Assessment degree program assessment process.

 1. Background
The proposal is a follow-up to a campus-wide consultation conducted by the General Education and Assessment Committee in 2015. At that time, it was noted that there were critical gaps in the assessment and communication process.  Under the current system the communication to departments has been channeled through department chairs.  The structure at the departmental level was found to be mostly informal.  The intent of the resolution is to improve the system by establishing departmental assessment liaisons. 

2. Rationale
The appointment of assessment liaisons will enhance the capacity to engage faculty in the continuous assessment of student learning, build a culture of evidence, and utilize evidence to build high quality programs for student learning. 

Assessment liaisons are designated faculty or staff who serve as resource personnel for their departments, programs or majors. The position of assessment liaison is a significant department and university service assignment.  Faculty/staff who are new to campus, or who serve as department chairs (i.e., have personnel responsibilities in addition to their program responsibilities) should not be recommended for these assignments.

  • Assessment liaisons are appointed by the department chair or program/unit director for at least three years. A shorter term may be approved in consultation with the Associate Provost responsible for assessment.

  • Changes in assessment liaisons should be reported promptly to the Associate Provost.

  • Since liaisons develop expertise with the assessment process, it is encouraged to serve for more than one three-year term.

  • There may be more than one liaison per department depending on the needs of the unit.

    Assessment liaisons are not expected to have sole responsibility for developing or executing assessment plans and the final responsibility for the adequacy of program/unit assessment work remains with the department chair or program/unit director. Discussions of assessment issues, assessment plan revisions and assessment results typically are led by the department chair or program/unit director with the liaison serving as resource person. Assessment liaisons are responsible for the following: