Four North Central College faculty and administrators gave a presentation titled “Ten Years Toward a Culture of Assessment” at the Higher Learning Commission Annual Conference March 30-April 3 in Chicago.
The presenters were Peter Barger, dean of graduate and continuing education, professor of economics and finance and director of institutional assessment and accreditation; Francine Navakas, Svend and Elizabeth Bramsen Professor in the Humanities, professor of English, director of integrative studies and associate academic dean; Caroline St. Clair, associate professor and chair of computer science, coordinator of master of science in Web and Internet applications and management information systems programs, and former chair of the Academic Programs Assessment Committee; and Stephen Maynard Caliendo, professor of political science, chair of Division of Human Thought and Behavior, and chair of the Academic Programs Assessment Committee.
Delivered on April 3, their presentation covered the challenges and accomplishments of North Central’s development of academic program assessment over the past 10 years and included sections on the annual cycle of academic program assessment, the seven-year cycle of academic program review, the 10-year accreditation cycle, general education assessment, and maintaining and extending the College’s culture of assessment. A paper prepared in advance of the session, titled “A Collection of Papers on Self-Study and Institutional Improvement,” was accepted for inclusion in the Commission’s conference publication.
The Higher Learning Commission (HLC) is an independent corporation and one of two commission members of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools, which is one of six regional institutional accreditors in the United States. The HLC accredits degree-granting, post-secondary educational institutions in the North Central region, including North Central College.
The annual conference is intended for college administrators and faculty studying accreditation and assessment issues and offers pre-conference workshops, some 200 general program sessions, an exhibit hall, resource center and a Self-Study Fair. Approximately 3,900 participants, representing more than 850 institutions, attended the 2012 event.