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Strategic Initiatives

Assessment Advisory Council

Overview

The Assessment Advisory Council provides broad oversight for statewide assessment in Massachusetts.

Contact

Robert J. Awkward, Ph.D., Director of Learning Outcomes Assessment,
Academic Affairs and Student Success
(617) 994-6908
rawkward@dhe.mass.edu

Duration

2011 – Present

Funding

 

Related Data

 

 

Target Populations
DHE Responsibilities
  • Assessment
Partnerships

Multiple Campuses

Background

The Assessment Advisory Council includes one presidentially-appointed representative for each of the campuses and is charged with providing advice to the Deputy Commissioner of Academic Affairs & Student Success, regarding statewide and campus level assessment policy and practices guided by the LEAP State framework. It is currently chaired by a Dr. Lane Glenn, President, Northern Essex Community College. Formerly, this was known as the Task Force for Statewide Assessment. However, it was determined that this role should be institutionalized as the assessment of student learning is an ongoing, continuous activity of improvement.

Task Force Members

Department of Higher Education

Robert Awkward, Director of Learning Outcomes Assessment
Patricia A. Marshall, Deputy Commissioner for Academic Affairs & Student Success (Commissioner’s Designee)

Community College Staff and Faculty
Berkshire Community College Jennifer Berne, Vice President of Academic Affairs
Bristol Community College Holly Pappas, Assistant Professor of English
Bunker Hill Community College David Leavitt, Executive Director of Institutional Research
Cape Cod Community College Arlene Rodriguez, Vice President, Academic & Student Affairs
Greenfield Community College Marie Breheny, Director of Assessment
Holyoke Community College Terri Kinstle, Chair, Psychology and Social Services
MassBay Community College Courtney Jackson, Chief Strategic Planning and Institutional Effectiveness Officer
Massasoit Community College Rita Jones-Hyde, Assistant Professor of Humanities and Fine Arts
Middlesex Community College Phil Sisson, Vice President for Academic & Student Affairs
Mount Wachusett Community College Paul Hernandez, Vice President of Academic & Student Affairs
North Shore Community College Cate Kaluzny, Senior Specialist, Learner Outcomes and Civic Engagement
Northern Essex Community College *Chair Lane Glenn, President
Sarah Courchesne, Visiting Professor of Natural Science
Quinsigamond Community College Amy Beaudry, Professor of English
Roxbury Community College Kimberly Rogers, Assistant Vice President for Academic & Student Affairs
State University Staff and Faculty
Fitchburg State University Merri Incitt, Director of Assessment
Framingham State University Mark Nicholas, Executive Director of Assessment
MassArt Dan Serig, Associate Vice President for Academic Affairs
MCLA Emily Williams, Vice President of Academic Affairs
Mass Maritime Captain John Korn, Dean of Undergraduate Education
Salem State University Neal DeChillo, Associate Provost for Academic Affairs
Westfield State University Lisa Plantefaber, Assciate Dean of Institutional Research
Worcester State University Sarah Strout, Director of Assessment
University of Massachusetts Staff and Faculty
UMass Amherst Martha Stassen, Assistant Provost, Assessment & Educational Effectiveness
UMass Boston Cheryl Nixon, Assistant Provost
UMass Lowell Julie Nash, Vice Provost for Student Success
UMass President's Office Sandra Blanchette, Associate Vice President for Academic Affairs

 

Meeting Materials

2020

Task Force on Statewide Assessment
January 15, 2020
Quinsigamond Community College
Agenda New Charter Memo from Commissioner Santiago to Lane Glenn DHE Gen Ed Foundation Handout

2019

Task Force on Statewide Assessment
October 8, 2019
Quinsigamond Community College
Agenda March 2019 Session Summary State of Assessment 2017 vs. 2019

Task Force on Statewide Assessment
March 1, 2019
Quinsigamond Community College
Agenda Developing a Holistic Culture Roundtable Discussion

Task Force on Statewide Assessment
January 17, 2019
Quinsigamond Community College
Agenda DHE Overview Assessment Across Regions Handout Discussion Reading

2018

Task Force on Statewide Assessment
October 16, 2018
Quinsigamond Community College
Agenda Program Assessment: A Journey from Compliance to Engagement Q&A with Dr. James Dottin DHE Learning Outcomes Assessment

Task Force on Statewide Assessment
March 9, 2018
Worcester State University
Agenda Multi-State Collaborative (MSC) Refinement Year (2016-2017) - Revised

Task Force on Statewide Assessment
January 18, 2018
Quinsigamond Community College
Agenda Multi-State Collaborative (MSC) Refinement Year (2016-2017)

2017

Task Force on Statewide Assessment
October 17, 2017
Worcester State University
Agenda DHE Learning Outcomes Assessment Toward an Improvement Paradigm for Academic Quality

Task Force on Statewide Assessment
March 10, 2017
Worcester State University
Agenda DHE Learning Outcomes Assessment

    Campus Assessment Success Story Presentation Materials

Task Force on Statewide Assessment
January 19, 2017
Quinsigamond Community College
Agenda

National Institute for Learning Outcomes Assessment
January 19, 2017
Excellence in Assessment Certification

2016

Task Force on Statewide Assessment
October 18, 2016
Framingham State University
Agenda "What I learned about higher ed assessment in a small village in South Africa" Session Observations