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Assessment of University Units
Periodic assessment of the effectiveness of all areas of the university, addressed within the context of its mission and goals, is an expectation that ensures the institution meets the quality assurances and standards of best practices in higher education. Conducted within a culture of ethical practice and institutional integrity, university assessment and periodic evaluation allows for continuous improvement and self-monitoring. Transparency in releasing assessment results ensures accountability both internally and externally to all constituencies. Georgian Court University is committed to the practice of university assessment at all levels of its organization.

The University’s Assessment Plan and Guide outlines the processes and procedures for unit assessment and periodic evaluation. This plan was approved by the President’s Cabinet on January 23, 2018. This replaces the Institutional Effectiveness plan of 2014.

The Institutional Effectiveness (IE) Committee, appointed by the President, supports the goal to “develop a culture of planning and assessment to ensure maximum efficiency and effectiveness in the management of the University.” It fulfills an advisory, monitoring, and coordinating role at Georgian Court University in planning and assessment matters and advises the President on the implementation and evaluation of the Georgian Court Strategic Plan and all aspects of institutional assessment. The committee’s responsibilities include annual evaluation of assessment plans and of progress toward achievement of the institution’s strategic initiatives and other planning objectives.

Members of the Institutional Effectiveness Committee for AY 2017-2018 include:

Membership: Members of the Institutional Effectiveness Committee are appointed by the President: (January, 2018)
Director of Institutional Research and Decision SupportWayne Arndt
Dean of StudentsAmani Jennings
Assistant Vice President for Finance/Controller/TreasurerMaureen Ryan-Hoffman
Associate Provost for Academic Program DevelopmentMichael Gross, PhD
Director of AssessmentJanet Thiel, OSF, PhD (chair)
Past Chair of the Executive Officers of the Faculty AssemblyF. Thomas Crawley, Ed.D.
Other members as appointed by the PresidentTimothy Briles, Ed.D.
Beth Hunt (Secretary)
Meetings: The Institutional Effectiveness Committee meets on a monthly schedule

The Office of Institutional Assessment and Accreditation oversees the functions of assessment university-wide. The Associate Vice-President for University Assessment (AVPUA) manages this office, and chairs the Institutional Effectiveness Committee. Included in the office’s oversight are the following areas:

Essential Functions:

  • Oversee the University accreditation processes and procedures (MSCHE) that are aligned with the re-affirmation of accreditation.
  • Maintain all university documentation related to accreditation, compliance, and unit effectiveness.
  • Develop, coordinate, and report on the university’s unit evaluation processes and procedures.
  • Develop, coordinate, and report on the university’s assessment of its institutional goals.
  • Support the Institutional Effectiveness Committee in the execution of its duties.
  • Coordinate the processes related to the university’s surveys on student satisfaction, institutional effectiveness, and program development.
  • Collaborate with the Provost for the development, oversight, recording, and reporting on Undergraduate Student Learning through curricular and co-curricular program assessment.
  • Collaborate with the Provost for the development, oversight, recording, and reporting on Graduate Student Learning through curricular and co-curricular program assessment.
  • Collaborate with the Provost for the training of faculty in assessment protocols, the dissemination of assessment and student survey results, and in strategic initiatives that require the use of data related to student satisfaction and achievement of learning outcomes.
  • Assist the Academic Program Review and Assessment Committee (PRAC) in the processes of program evaluation and assessment planning as well as faculty ownership of assessment of student learning.

The Associate Vice-President for University Assessment (AVPUA) is a member of the President’s leadership team reporting directly to the President of the University for matters related to institutional effectiveness and assessment, and indirectly to the Provost in matters of academic assessment. The Associate Vice-President is responsible for the oversight of, support for, and development of university processes related to university assessment and accreditation requirements, and alignment of such with the university’s mission and strategic goals.

The Office for Institutional Assessment and Accreditation is supported by the following staff.

  1. Director of Institutional Research and Decision Support (indirect report)
  2. Associate Provost for Academic Program Development (indirect report)
  3. Director of Assessment (currently filled by AVPUA)
  4. Strategic Planning Support (currently Special Assistant to the President, indirect report)
  5. Co-Chairs of the Academic Program Review and Assessment Committee
  6. Administrative Assistant (part-time, indirect report)

Office of Institutional Assessment and Accreditation Documents:

Additional information may be obtained by emailing gcuassessment@georgian.edu or calling the Office of Institutional Assessment and Accreditation at 732-987-2234.