As part of our commitment to continuous improvement, UALR is engaged in the assessment of our core curriculum. This will help us positively influence student learning outcomes and program learning outcomes essential to elevating student success and creating an environment of continuous improvement.
In an effort to further support this undertaking, UALR will participate in the Higher Learning Commission (HLC) Assessment Academy to help guide in the understanding of student learning as a whole across courses and throughout our curriculum.
The following members of the campus community have been selected to represent UALR in the national academy:
- Erin Finzer, Ph.D.; Chair, World Languages, CALS
- Susie Cox, Ph.D.; Chair, Management, COB
- Joe Giammo, Ph.D.; Chair, Political Science, CSSC
- Brad Patterson, Ed.D; Vice Provost, Student Affairs and Dean of Students
- Cody Decker, Ph.D.; Director, Office of Institutional Research
- Nick Jovanovic, Ph.D.; Professor, Construction Management and Civil and Construction Engineering, EIT
- Belinda Blevins-Knabe, Ph.D.; Psychology, CSSC
- Linda Stauffer, Ph.D.; Interpreter Education, CEHP
The UALR Assessment Academy members include faculty, administrators, and non-academic unit leaders who are integral to the continuous improvement of our academic programs, educational experience, and operations. The team will be participating in all academy activities for the entire cycle.
The Associate Vice Chancellor of Academic Affairs-Continuous Improvement, the position formerly occupied by Dr. Karen Wheeler, will join the academy team once someone is hired.
As you are aware, we are preparing for the HLC Reaccreditation process and our participation in the HLC Academy will be beneficial in satisfying accreditation requirements while also addressing our goal of developing a continuous improvement environment and meeting the needs of the community we serve.
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.