College Assessment Strategy
The College of Social Sciences and Communication is committed to supporting program assessment that is sustainable in its implementation, usable in practice, and accountable to students, faculty, stakeholders, and mission. In addition to these commitments, the CSSC promotes the value of continual improvement in the assessment of student learning, and will make available annual reports on program assessment, summary reports of the assessment process, and a clearinghouse of program assessment plans.
The CSSC Assessment Committee, comprised of faculty from each academic unit in the college, meets regularly to support these commitments and to provide a faculty-led and evidence informed approach to assessment. The committee receives and evaluates reports, provides feedback on plans, and makes recommendations to the CSSC Dean regarding the strategic allocation of assessment funds. The Associate Dean of the college tasked with support for assessment serves with this assessment committee and produces the annual summary of assessment.
In addition to meeting Arkansas Department of Higher Education accreditation standards, UALR’s Master in Public Administration program is externally accredited by the Network of Schools of Public Policy, Affairs, and Administration (NASPAA). NASPAA is the chief independent accrediting body for master programs in public administration, public policy and public affairs in the United States. NASPAA’s standards assure employers and students that UALR’s MPA degree meets the needs of the public administration profession.
College Assessment Committee 2016-17
|Chair: Kristen McIntyre||Applied Communications|
|Bob Lytle||Criminal Justice|
|Kwasi Boateng||Mass Communication|
|Mike Craw, Peggy Scranton||Public Affairs|
|Cindy Nahrwold||Rhetoric and Writing|
|Sarah Beth Estes||Sociology and Anthropology|
College Summary Reports on Annual Program Assessment
Each year, the CSSC Office of the Dean publishes on this website an annual summary of assessment activity by the CSSC Assessment Committee. This summary report is also forwarded to the Provost Assessment Advisory Group.
Assessment Plans and Reports by Department
The college also maintains a repository of annual program assessment reports and current program assessment plans.