Campus-Wide Assessment Committee

Campus-Wide Assessment Committee


Statement of Purpose

The Campus-wide Assessment Committee (CWAC) is designed to foster an atmosphere of continuous improvement in both academic and administrative areas through regularized peer review, support for best practices, and communication about results.

Duties and Responsibilities

  • Proposes to the Strategic Planning Subcommittee of the College Budget and Planning Committee-for its approval-a set of comprehensive assessment guidelines and, with support from the Office of the Associate Provost for Institutional Effectiveness, facilitates their implementation.
  • Receives assessment plans and reports from academic departments and other units of the College in order to make recommendations about them and to identify best practices for the College.
  • Proposes to the Strategic Planning Subcommittee-for its approval-broad policy recommendations on the conduct and uses of assessment.
  • With the assistance of the Director of Outcomes Assessment, maintains a log of campus-wide assessment activities, especially those actions taken in direct response to assessment findings (i.e. activity that “closes the loop”).
  • Promotes assessment activities and a “culture of assessment” across the campus through dissemination of information and best practices. 
  • At the end of each academic year, prepares an annual report on significant, ongoing assessment activities, with recommendations for the next year; the report shall be submitted to the Strategic Planning Subcommittee and to all units of the College, including the College Council.
  • In collaboration with the Director of the Teaching and Learning Center, recommends faculty development programs on the practice of assessment.
  • Guides the development of the campus assessment website with the support of the Office of the Associate Provost of Institutional Effectiveness.


The membership of the Committee is constituted as follows:
  • Seven faculty members, nominated by the Faculty Senate, distributed among the social sciences, humanities/arts, and natural sciences/mathematics.
  • Three Higher Education Officers, nominated by the HEO Council, with no two from the same unit.
  • The College Council shall elect the members of the Committee.


The Committee Members for the 2019-2020 academic year are:
  •  Allison Pease, Institutional Effectiveness
  •  David Shapiro, Public Administration
  •  Demy Spadideas, Online Education and Support
  •  Dyanna Pooley, Assessment
  •  Elena Beharry, Wellness Center
  •  Fidel Osorio, Student Representative
  •  Gulen Zubizarreta, Finance & Administration
  •  Karen Okamoto, Library
  •  Kim Liao, English
  •  Mechthild (Mecki) Prinz, Sciences
  •  Peter Mameli, Public Administraton
  •  Sandra Swenson, Sciences
  •  Stephen Russell, History
Annual Reports: