Academy for Assessment of
Student Learning 

The Assessment Council of Donnelly College was accepted into the Higher Learning Commissions Assessment Academic. We have committed to this four-year program (2006-2010) to enhance our commitment to a culture of assessment on campus. 

Through a competitive process Donnelly College’s Academy for Assessment of Student Learning Application was accepted for admission into the 2016 cohort. The members of the Assessment Council of Donnelly College will be participating the academy.

From the Higher Learning Commission, the Academy for Assessment of Student Learning is tailored for institutions interested in developing an ongoing commitment to assessing and improving student learning. The Academy offers each institution personalized guidance in developing, documenting and implementing a systematic approach to institutional assessment. Institutions participating in the Assessment Academy are presented with new ideas and techniques for influencing institutional culture, increasing capacity to assess student learning and using assessment data to improve student learning (hlccommission.org/Programs-Events/academies.html).

Assessment Council Charter

The charter was approved by the committee on 9/15/2017

Purpose: The purpose of the Assessment Council is to guide and support a faculty-led assessment process to continually improveteaching and student learning.

Goals: The primary goals of the group are to (a) develop and promote policies related to student learning outcomes at the College; (b) oversee and coordinate professional development and resources that enhance and support instructional assessment activities; (c) facilitatethe College’s work on accreditation standards; and (d)to facilitate a culture of student learning success at Donnelly College.

Chairperson: This position will be a collaborative effort between the Director of Student Success (co-chair) and the Vice President of Academic and Student Affairs/Dean of the College (co-chair).

Membership: The Assessment Council is primarily composed of faculty members and administrators. The intent is to have a cross-sectionof representatives on the council, representing the academic divisions as well as Student Support Services. An effort is made to ensurerepresentation across the instructional divisions, student services, and co-curricular activities.

Although the meetings are open to anyone, the voting membership consists of:

  • One ranked faculty member from the Assessment Academy
  • Director of Success First Academic Program (Assistant Professor)
  • Director of Student Success
  • Registrar/Director of Institutional Research
  • Coordinator of Academic and Student Affairs
  • Vice President of Academic and Student Affairs/Dean of the College (Associate Professor)

Meeting Schedule: The Council meets regularly during the year.  Information items may be presented/discussed via electronic communication. 

Communication Processes and Timelines: The work of the Assessment Council is shared in several formats, and the communication is cross-functional. The information that is collected and analyzed by the Assessment Council (ACDC) will be disseminated to the Student Learning Outcomes Committee (SLOC) on a regular basis. The members of ACDC are also members of SLOC. After these meetings, department chairs and directors will notify faculty and staff of developments and concerns at department level meetings.

The next step in the communication loop is for ACDC to keep the students, staff, and faculty of Donnelly College informed of issues and concerns discussed at both ACDC and SLOC meetings.  Community meetings are held once a month and all staff is required to attend.

The ACDC will also inform the President’s Cabinet of issues and concerns when a representative of ACDC attends their meetings on a monthly basis. This Cabinet then reports to the Board of Directors at their quarterly meetings.

Accountability: The Council annual report will be shared with the Higher Learning Commission Accreditation Steering Committee.

Student Learning Outcomes Committee

Student Learning Outcomes Committee Charter
The charter was approved by the committee on 9/1/2017

Purpose: The purpose of the Student Learning Outcomes Committee at Donnelly College is to monitor, evaluate, and provide leadership in the assessment of student learning processes across the curriculum.  The Student Learning Outcomes Committee is charged with overseeing the annual assessment progress of individual departments while maintaining a cohesiveness of the college-wide process.

Chairperson: Appointed by the Dean of Donnelly College for a three-year term during the first meeting in August.

Membership: The Student Learning Outcomes Committee is led by faculty and co-curricular staff members. The Committee receives oversight and support from the Vice President of Academic and Student Affairs. The membership consists of:

  • Two faculty members appointed by Faculty Senate*
  • Director of Nursing Department
  • Director of Success First (faculty member)
  • Director of Urban Education (faculty member)
  • Chairperson of Liberal Arts & Sciences (faculty member)
  • Chairperson of Business & Technology (faculty member)
  • Director of Student Success
  • Director of Gateway
  • Associate Director of Academic Support
  • Director of Library
  • Grant Writer from Advancement (ex-officio)
  • Registrar/Director of Institutional Research
  • Coordinator of Academic and Student Affairs
  • Vice President of Academic and Student Affairs (ex-officio)

*Will also appoint an alternate faculty member if one cannot attend

Each member will attempt to provide a qualified replacement when she/he cannot attend a meeting. In the case of a vote taking place during a member’s absence, the replacement may vote with a written proxy from the absent member or with prior permission from the Chair.  An assistant shall be assigned by the Vice President of Academic and Student Affairs to record meeting notes and provide clerical support.

Meeting Schedule: The Committee meets every two weeks during the academic year.  Information items may be presented/discussed via electronic communication.  Additional meetings will be scheduled as needed.

Communication Processes and Timelines: The work of the Student Learning Outcomes Committee is shared in several formats, and the communication is cross-functional.  The work of the individual departments is shared with the Committee through the annual assessment reports according to the Assessment Master Calendar.  The feedback of the Committee is taken to the individual academic units, as well as to the Academic and Student Affairs Leadership Team, President’s Cabinet, Divisions 3 and 4, the Campus Community, Board of Directors, and programs’ Advisory Boards.

Accountability: The annual assessment reports will be shared with the Assessment Council of Donnelly College.