IU South Bend Assessment Committee


The mission of the IU South Bend Assessment Committee is to promote, support and monitor academic program assessment activities at the university.

Assessment Drama | an intriguing story before we delve into ASSESSMENT!

Coaching faculty members through the creation of an assessment report can be daunting. Headings like LEARNING OBJECTIVES, ASSESSMENT RESULTS AND ANALYSIS and ACTIONS FOR IMPROVEMENT seem designed to make our intelligent and creative colleagues run for the exits. To prevent this exodus, I find it useful to compare the assessment report to a Hollywood movie in three acts. This has been surprisingly useful in quickly communicating the purpose and structure of assessment reports and establishes a useful metaphor for follow-up conversations. Here’s how it goes. >> continued

IU South Bend Assessment Committee Plan |
A Commitment to Assessment

The Indiana University South Bend Assessment Committee grew from the University’s strong commitment to providing the best possible education for its students. In 1995 the Assessment Committee developed an ambitious plan for implementing and monitoring assessment of student learning in all campus departments and for the Committee’s own activities and governance. This document, IUSB Plan for Assessing Student Achievement, was submitted to and approved by the NCA, the (then) accrediting body of IU South Bend.

Since the inception of the assessment committee at IU South Bend, there have been major developments in the scholarship of assessment. Emphasis has changed from mere recordkeeping to using assessment information to improve programs and document the learning of students as they progress through academic programs. Assessment processes have matured in all of our academic departments, and the Assessment Committee has been able to change its focus from implementing formal assessment processes to supporting academic departments as they further develop and creatively implement best practices for their programs. Although the Assessment Committee continues to feel strongly that individual departments are in the best position to establish learning goals, student learning outcomes and determine the most appropriate assessment tools, the Assessment Committee supports and promotes their efforts in a number of different ways. The committee provides regular feedback on the campus assessment process, sponsors workshops and conferences and provides grants to support new assessment activities.

Read the entire plan dated November 2013 >>