University Committee on Assessment of Learning

In September 2016, the Executive Vice President and Provost appointed a University Committee on Assessment of Learning (UCAL) to lead, oversee, and coordinate student learning assessment processes across the University with the goal of maintaining excellence in Penn State’s student learning experiences.

UCAL’s charge is to:

  • act as an advisory group to the Provost in monitoring and review of student learning assessment processes including practices, procedures, information collection and analysis, and support for faculty;
  • share ideas on innovative practices and processes with committee representatives and with the University community;
  • foster coordination, communication, and collaboration in assessment processes across academic and co-curricular programs, colleges, and campuses;
  • review and facilitate sharing of assessment findings with the University community;
  • recommend and authorize University assessment studies on topics that affect student learning.

University Committee on Assessment of Learning Membership

Chair, Assistant Vice Provost for Learning Outcomes Assessment: Suzanne Weinstein (OPA)

Faculty Senate: Dawn Blasko

Earth and Mineral Sciences:  Tanya Furman

Director of Office for General Education:  Maggie Slattery

Graduate School:  Bill Clark

Canvas Team:  Jennifer Sparrow

World Campus:  Karen Pollack

Commonwealth Campuses:  David Stone

Student Affairs Research and Assessment:  Adam Christensen

Libraries, Director of Assessment:  Steve Borelli

Schreyer Institute for Teaching Excellence:  Angela Linse

Commonwealth Campus representatives: Carey McDougall (Beaver)

University Park College representatives:  Tom Litzinger (Engineering); Peter Newman (HHD); Rama Radhakrishna (Agriculture)

Office of Undergraduate Education: Jeff Adams

Assessment experts, Department of Learning Outcomes Assessment: Geoff Mamerow (OPA); Jessica Deslauriers (OPA); Betty Harper (OPA); Marie Sullivan (OPA)

Learning Outcomes Assessment Reports

The Office of Planning and Assessment reports annually to the Provost and the members of the University Committee on Assessment of Learning. Reports include submission rates by location, learning objectives assessed, types of measures used, and learning outcomes assessment activities.

Learning Outcomes Assessment Reports: