Committee on Academic Quality
November 13, 2006
Present: Joan Carroll, Jean Chambers (Chair), Sue Camp, Mary Beth Bell,
Audrey Rule, Mary Loe, Mark Morey, Michael LeBlanc
1. The Committee approved the minutes of 11/3/06.
2. Announcements: Jean reported on the Ken Bain’s presentation
“What the best college teachers do" and passed out
handouts from the workshop.
Jean reported that she had contacted Rhonda Mandel about the possibility of
creating an Office of Assessment. Rhonda indicated that she was supportive of
the idea and will present to the CAQ on assessment in the next meeting
In regard to the committee on assessment, several committee members raised
concern about the possibility of committee overlap. We should proceed with
caution in recommending a new campus wide committee on assessment be
3. We continued discussion of the MORESO and EGAD projects. Mark Morey gave
an historical background of college wide student assessment initiatives on this
campus. He also discussed the possibility of creating a local student outcome
measure and validating it by correlating it with a more widely normed
measure(s). The committee again voiced concern about how assessment data would
be maintained and used, e.g., would it be used for departmental feedback or
individual faculty assessment.
4. Jean recommended an assessment coordinator that could work with different
departments and had familiarity in creating and validating assessment
Audrey pointed out that the Liberal Arts & Sciences Test (LAST), which
is required of most School of Education students, could be used to evaluate
most general education learning outcomes. A discussion of its use and cost
followed. The possibility of recommending that the campus pay for student
assessment on measures such as the LAST could be a cheaper alternative than
paying for an assessment coordinator.
Jean called for a draft of a proposal for our recommendations to boost
assessment on campus. Mark volunteered to create a rough draft of the
committee’s proposal with recommendations for assessment.
4. The meeting adjourned.
Michael LeBlanc, SOE
356 Wilber Hall, SUNY Oswego