The Office of Assessment and Undergraduate Studies is primarily responsible for student success. The areas within the office that facilitate student success are the professional and faculty advisers, the Center for Academic Success Programs and the Office of Faculty Development. The Associate Provost for Assessment and Undergraduate Studies works with the Faculty Senate, the Graduate College and various university administrators to coordinate all efforts related to assessment of student learning and general education. In addition, the associate provost works closely with the Registrar’s Office as the curriculum manager for the university.
The mission of the Office of Assessment and Undergraduate Studies is to take the lead in assisting faculty, staff, administrators and students:
- Develop effective and informative strategies to assess student learning.
- Facilitate an integrative general education program.
- Ensure quality undergraduate advising in concert with the college advising directors.
- Help develop relevant and engaging pedagogy through the Office of Faculty Development.
- Provide academic assistance through the Center for Academic Success Programs.
- Assure timely progression of curriculum changes.
- Download assessment information from the Higher Learning Commission.
- Principles of Good Practice for Assessing Student Learning (American Association for Higher Education).
Units on campus who are involved with assessment
- Associate Provost for Assessment and Undergraduate Studies (David Reinhold).
- University Assessment Steering Committee.
- General education assessment.
- Assessment in Action subcommittee, (working group that plans workshops, provides education and resources on assessment, publishes the email newsletter Assessment Matters @ WMU).
- Assessment contacts by college.