In the upcoming weeks, UNO will be soliciting input through the 2019 Survey of Assessment Culture. This annual, nation-wide, anonymous survey explores faculty perceptions influencing cultures of assessment within institutions of higher education. This survey addresses the types of cultures of assessment existing on university campuses and the roles faculty play in assessment efforts. I want to encourage your participation in the survey.
While many individuals at UNO have extensive experience with program and campus assessment efforts, progress toward establishing a culture of assessment has been uneven. To date, no effort has been made to systematically collect data from UNO faculty regarding their experiences and perceptions related to assessment. Consequently, decisions and actions have been based on anecdotal evidence and the viewpoints of a relatively small group of faculty and administrators with interest in assessment practices.
This survey will help base future decision-making on a much stronger, data-informed foundation. Results of the survey will be shared with the UNO Community, including various leadership groups within Academic Affairs as well as the UNO Academic Assessment Committee.
Survey administration on the UNO campus will be coordinated by Dr. Connie Schaffer and Dr. Peter Wolcott, working in collaboration with Dr. Matthew Fuller from Sam Houston State University. Dr. Fuller directs the nation-wide administration of the survey. Because of past collaborations between Schaffer, Wolcott, and Fuller, the survey will be administered on our campus with no cost to UNO.
Faculty teaching one or more credit-generating courses in Spring 2019 will be emailed an invitation to participate in the survey. Participation is voluntary and estimated to take 20 minutes to complete. Questions regarding the survey can be directed to:
- Dr. Connie Schaffer, Chair of the UNO Academic Assessment Committee
- Dr. Peter Wolcott, member of the UNO Academic Assessment Committee
Please watch your email for a link to participate in the survey. Thank you in advance for your participation in this important effort.
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