Assessment Council

The UNC Assessment Council serves as an advisory body to the Office of Assessment.  In this role, it provides recommendations and guidance regarding the assessment of student learning outcomes, faculty and staff development related to assessment, institutional assessment processes, and recognition of best practices and effective assessment models.  Specifically, the Council

  • Collects and disseminates information regarding best practices for assessing student learning outcomes;
  • Identifies faculty and staff professional development needs regarding assessment;
  • Recommends appropriate strategies for addressing professional development needs related to assessment;
  • Reviews institutional assessment processes and makes recommendations for improvement;
  • Identifies programs that demonstrate effective assessment practices; and
  • Sponsors recognition activities to showcase and celebrate programs and individuals engaging in effective assessment.

The Assessment Council meets once a month during the academic year (fall and spring semesters).


Assessment Council Membership

The Council is chaired by the Director of Assessment and consists of a faculty representative from each College, the Library, and the Faculty Senate.  There is also a representative from each of the Academic Affairs divisions and one dean.  Membership on the Council is a three-year term. 


Assessment Mini-Grants

The Office of Assessment and the University Assessment Council sponsor an annual assessment mini-grant competition for individuals, programs, or departments to develop or improve assessment practices related to course or program-level student learning outcomes assessment.  Each year, ten or more grants of up to $1500 are awarded. The call for proposals for the 2015-2016 competition will be posted in March.  Information about previous grant recipients is available here: 2014-2015 Mini Grant Projects. 


Assessment Fair

The University Assessment Council sponsors an annual Assessment Fair, which provides a forum for sharing and learning from the work of colleagues across campus about assessment research and best practices.

2015 Assessment Fair

The University Assessment Council invites members of the campus to join us on March 31 for the 2015 Assessment Fair.  This year’s event will feature over 25 poster presentations from faculty, staff, and students on topics including assessment in the major, first generation students, adjuncts teaching in the Liberal Arts Core, international students, community engagement, and many more.  Poster sessions are scheduled from 10:30-11:30 a.m. and 1:00-2:00 p.m. in the Columbine Suite at the University Center.  A complete schedule, including presentation abstracts, is available here: 2015 Assessment Fair Schedule.

In addition to the morning and afternoon poster sessions, this year’s Assessment Fair will include a luncheon with guest speaker Ida Asner, Director of Consulting Services for LiveText.  Drawing from her work with hundreds of campuses, higher education organizations such as the American Association for Colleges and Universities, and accrediting bodies across the United States, Ms. Asner will share insights about current trends and best practices in student learning assessment.

Registration for the Assessment Fair is not required; however, if you plan to attend the lunch you must RSVP by March 24.   Click here to RSVP for the luncheon.  Seating is limited, so register soon.