Building a culture of assessment: Two programs recognized for distinguished efforts

June 7, 2013 | UToday
By Samantha Watson

The University Assessment Committee has announced the inaugural recipients of The University of Toledo’s Excellence in Assessment Awards: the Bachelor of Arts in Art History Degree Program and the Career Services Office.

The award recognizes UT programs and offices that utilize the assessment process to improve services and learning opportunities for students. The award recipients were chosen from more than 300 assessment reports from each of the degree programs and service units at the University.

The Bachelor of Arts in Art History Degree Program was selected by the awards subcommittee because it demonstrated directly how assessment measures were linked to student learning outcomes. The program had an excellent rubric to show how it arrived at its assessment results, and it demonstrated substantial faculty involvement in the development of these measures and the rubric.

The Career Services Office was highlighted for its direct mapping of assessment results to assistance outcomes. The office also established a metric to indicate whether its assessment results indicated satisfactory performance with respect to service outcomes, and indicated what changes needed to be made in response to observations of unsatisfactory performance.

“The awards are a new initiative designed to highlight the role of assessment in supporting student learning,” said Alana Malik, learning outcomes assessment specialist from the new Office of Assessment, Accreditation and Program Review. “We want our faculty and staff to know that we value their efforts.”

The University Assessment Committee is a group of dedicated faculty and staff members representing each of the colleges and student service areas. The committee is charged with leading the continued development of learning assessment policies at UT.

The committee’s website serves as a source for archiving assessment activity and resources available for those involved with assessment at the University. For more information, visit

“We’re moving in the right direction,” said Barb Kopp Miller, chair of the assessment committee. “We’re enhancing the culture of assessment throughout the University, and we want to recognize those who have helped to further that culture.”

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