In Fall 2016 UA Little Rock enrolled in the Higher Learning Commission’s (HLC) Assessment Academy. The HLC Assessment Academy provides participating institutions a structured, mentor-facilitated, four-year program aimed at advancing and accelerating an institution’s efforts to assess student learning. The UA Little Rock Assessment Academy’s projects include a Program Assessment Progress Review project, which will track progress in academic program assessment towards mature practices. The team also serves in an advisory capacity to the Provost’s Office in coordinating university-wide assessment efforts, developing assessment forms and procedures, as well as providing professional development resources and opportunities, such as the Assessment Mentoring Program (AMP).
Appointed by the Provost, members of the UA Little Rock Assessment Academy team represent thought leaders in assessment from all colleges, Student Affairs, the Office of Institutional Research, the Council on Core Curriculum and Policies, and Skills in the Major. Current members include
- Erin Finzer, Interim Associate Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs—Continuous Improvement
- Christy Drale, Associate Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs—Faculty Relations and Administration
- Brian Berry, College of Arts, Letters and Sciences and HLC Faculty Co-Chair
- Susie Cox, College of Business
- Kelly Terry, Bowen School of Law
- Joe Giammo, College of Social Sciences and Communication
- Joanne Matson, College of Social Sciences and Communication, Council on Core Curriculum and Policies, Skills in the Major
- April Chatham-Carpenter, College of Social Sciences and Communication
- Kristen McIntyre, College of Social Sciences and Communication
- Linda Stauffer, College of Education and Health Professions
- Belinda Blevins-Knabe, College of Social Sciences and Communication, Council on Core Curriculum and Policies
- Cody Decker, Office of Institutional Research
- Sharon Downs, Student Affairs
Contact the HLC Assessment Academy at assessmentacademy@ ualr.edu.