Mānoa Faculty Senate Assessment Committee
Minutes of February 8, 2010
Members Present: Paul Brandon, Phillip Ooi, Wayne Iwaoka, Cindy Hunter, Amy Schiffner, Hazel Beh, Jon Goss
Ex Officio: Halina Zaleski
Guests: Marlene Lowe, Monica Stitt-Bergh
Excused: Jim Wills
1. The meeting was called to order at 12:35. The Agenda was amended to add a report from those attending the WASC Assessment Retreat.
2. The minutes of the January 25 Meeting of MAC were approved unanimously.
3. Wayne reported that he visited GSO and ASUH to elicit their support for the Committee’s Student learning Outcomes (SLO) resolution, as had been requested at the last meeting. He listened to a thoughtful discussion at both meetings.
a. GSO members raised questions and concerns about supporting the proposed Assessment Resolution. GSO, particularly the Teaching Assistants, asked whether the SLOs would be used to assess their job performance or encroach on academic freedom. No motion to support the resolution was made, and the matter will be taken up again on February 18.
b. ASUH. Paul had attended the Executive Committee before our last meeting; since then, Wayne attended the meeting of the full Senate. The issue of whether to support the resolution was referred to the ASUH Academic Standards Committee.
c. Wayne will continue to work with the student organizations. Monica described the Assessment Office contacts with and presentations to teaching assistants.
4. Halina and Jon brought back ideas from the WASC retreat, including these suggestions for a successful development and implementation of a campus assessment policy:
a. Get examples of good assessment policies prepared by other schools to serve as a model for the MAC’s policies.
b. Use assessment information in the aggregate and not to evaluate students or faculty individually or to use for tenure and promotion
c. Consult Senate members broadly to promote buy-in.
d. Encourage multiple models that are program specific and adapted.
e. Obtain high level institutional support for assessment activities.
f. Establish incentive mechanisms for faculty to engage in developing assessment materials.
g. Recognize that faculty buy-in or resistance may be the result of a knowledge gap or a perception that the benefits do not justify the costs and burdens.
h. Establish a policy that the data belongs to the department and that the administration requires and approves the process of assessment.
5. Paul asked the committee to consider whether formal faculty senate approval was needed of an assessment policy, and the consensus was that a senate vote was needed on the policy. There was further consensus that it might best come from a joint resolution of MAC, CAPP, and perhaps CAB, since it touches all three committees.
6. Paul reported on the meeting of the Assessment Policy Subcommittee on Feb. 1. As a result of the subcommittee recommendations, Monica has been editing and streamlining the policy statement, focusing it at the policy rather than the methodology level.
7. Jon will send a prepare a MAC statement strongly supporting beginning a new strategic planning process.
8. Monica reported on ongoing projects being undertaken at the Assessment Office with departments on campus.
9. The meeting adjourned at 1:25.
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