On-Going Cycle of Assessment and Institutional Improvement
Bellarmine University administrators, faculty, and staff identify outcomes for all programs, assess the success in achieving these outcomes, and use data collected to improve programs and student learning. This on-going cycle of assessment flows from the university mission, as well as the mission that guides each program. Learning outcomes in academic programs align with requirements of accrediting or external review bodies as appropriate, as well as disciplinary and pedagogical benchmarks.
Assessment of each program is detailed in annual reports submitted each May to the Office of Institutional Research and Assessment. Deans review these reports and discuss both successes and opportunities for growth with department and program chairs. The Assistant Vice President (VP) for Academic Affairs and the Director of Institutional Research read all annual reports, correspond as necessary with chairs, deans, directors, and VPs, compile summary reports for each area, and submit them for review by the VP for Academic Affairs, who forwards a summary of key information to the Provost and then President’s Cabinet for review.
Annual changes to academic programs are noted in the Appendix to the Course Catalog, but the university is also engaged in several overarching initiatives to further enhance student learning.
In spring of 2014 the University will submit its 5th year report to Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges (SACSCOC) and much of that report addresses assessment protocols utilized to assess the achievement of student learning outcomes in all of Bellarmine’s academic programs.
Nationally, much emphasis is being given to liberal education – a holistic education that meshes work in a major with a general education/liberal arts curriculum. LEAP (Liberal Education and America’s Promise), an initiative of the Association of American Colleges and Universities (AAC&U), offers numerous resources for university administrators and faculty members, and Bellarmine University recently sent a 5-member team to an AAC & U Institute on General Education. Bellarmine is also a participant in the Pathways Project of the Council of Independent Colleges.
In the 2013-14 academic year, faculty and administrators continue to be involved with these initiatives. They will be working with Dr. Graham Ellis (Assistant VP for Academic Affairs, email@example.com) to engage the faculty at large and students in a review of Bellarmine University’s general education curriculum.
For information on university assessment protocols or these initiatives noted above, contact Mike Rudolph (firstname.lastname@example.org) or Dr. Graham Ellis (email@example.com).
Bellarmine University Office of Institutional Research and Assessment Office Academic Affairs
2001 Newburg Road, Louisville, KY 40205