2014 UAA Academic Assessment Seminar

On September 12, 2014, the Office of Undergraduate Affairs, in partnership with the Academic Assessment Committee (AAC), and the General Education Requirement Assessment Task Force (GERA), hosted the second annual Academic Assessment Seminar at UAA. Keynote speaker and Senior Scholar at the Higher Learning Commission, Dr. Susan Hatfield, spoke about building a culture focused on student learning and achievement. As a follow up to the dynamic interactions of the more than eighty faculty and staff participants, Dr. Hatfield complimented UAA's efforts, stating that UAA is "so clearly, if not all the way there, well on the journey," to a culture of learning.

The morning session provided an opportunity for faculty and staff to discuss ways in which each individual program contributes to general education and how programs can contribute to an institutional-level assessment process.

In the afternoon, two UAA programs showcased lessons learned in evidenced-based program improvement, looking at the Master of Arts in Anthropology and the Bachelor of Business Administration Thanks to Dr. Paul White and Professor Kathleen Voge for their excellent presentations.

To listen to the keynote address and view presentations, visit the Academic Assessment Committee's website.



Alaska Native Studies Curriculum Retreat

June 9-10, 2014

Alaska Native Studies faculty from the University of Alaska Anchorage (UAA), University of Alaska Southeast (UAS), University of Alaska Fairbanks (UAF), Kodiak College, and Kenai Peninsula College participated in an Alaska Native Studies Curriculum Retreat earlier this year. The collaborative retreat fostered faculty discussion around each institution's current Alaska Native Studies Programs and how to strengthen and sustain them in the coming years. In addition, the retreat included information on curriculum development and approval processes. Other areas of focus included student success in Alaska Native Studies programs and technology in the classroom. Find out more about UAA's Alaska Native Studies Program here.



Continuing to Value Composition: Supporting Student Success through using Multiple Measures for Assessment and Inventive Curricular Designs

May 6, 2014

A group of composition faculty participated in a working group this summer to discuss topics such as assessment norming for different levels of composition courses, course placement, and curricular innovations in composition. This follow-up conversation to the 2013 Valuing Composition Conference aimed to foster understanding and discussion around student learning across the discipline.

Assessment Building Blocks Workshop Series

Spring 2014

The Academic Assessment Committee (AAC), in partnership with the Office of Undergraduate Academic Affairs (OUAA) and the Center for Advancing Faculty Excellence (CAFE) hosted an Assessment Building Blocks Workshop series in spring 2014. The series included sessions on program mission statements and program student learning outcomes (PSLOs), rubrics and assessment data collection, and program improvement. 

Read more about the series, view presentation slides & hear audio recordings on the AAC's website here.

2013 Annual Academic Assessment Seminar

September 13, 2013

On September 13, 2013, the Academic Assessment Committee (AAC), in partnership with the Office of Undergraduate Affairs (OUAA), hosted UAA's first Annual Academic Assessment Seminar. The Seminar engaged faculty expertise regarding General Education Requirement Assessment at UAA, shared national perspectives on assessment, and showcased some of UAA's own college and program assessment practices. Keynote speaker and Visiting Scholar to the Higher Learning Commission, Dr. Robert Mundhenk, provided an overview of national trends in assessment, focusing on the value of assessment relative to teaching and learning. 

Read more about the seminar and view presentations and session findings on the AAC's website here

Valuing Composition Conference

May 7 & 8, 2013

Composition faculty gathered to discuss the values of composition, and how these values support student learning within UAA courses and programs in spring 2013. The conference included discussions on topics such as valuing composition, curricular innovation, academic assessment, online learning, and techniques in the writing classroom.