St. Cloud State University (Minnesota)

University Assessment-Office of Academic Affairs

About Assessment

St. Cloud State University is committed to assessment at all levels. There is a university-level office of Assessment that is part of Academic Affairs. It includes a part-time faculty director and support staff.

A university-level assessment committee meets regularly during the school year. It is composed of college and unit assessment directors, an administrator from Institutional Effectiveness, a liaison from the Liberal Education Committee,the Director of the Center for Excellence in Teaching and Learning, and a representative of Undergraduate Studies. Faculty members who represent their colleges at this committee receive reassigned time for assessment duties; they also serve as the chairs of their respective college assessment committees.

The college and unit assessment committees are structured very similarly. They, too, meet regularly to discuss and plan assessment activities within their college/unit. The committees are made up of program/department assessment directors and headed by the college assessment director.

The university assessment office provides faculty support in a number of ways. These include funding for grants, conference attendance, and other activities. An assessment resource room is located in the Center for Excellence in Teaching and Learning. The university assessment office has conducted campus-wide workshops on various assessment topics and has hosted luncheons to connect the broader campus assessment community and draw others into the process. The university also provides some support for program assessment as part of accreditation processes for individual departments.

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