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University Assessment Committee (UAC)

University Assessment Committee (UAC)

Members: 2019-20 Academic Year

Deborah Bickford (chair)
Associate Provost for Academic Affairs and Learning Initiatives and Director, Ryan C. Harris Learning Teaching Center

Jon Hess
Associate Dean, College of Arts and Sciences

Fred Jenkins
Associate Dean, University Libraries

Justin Keen
Director, Assessment and Student Centered Analytics

Judy Owen
Coordinator, Common Academic Program

Michelle Pautz
Assistant Provost, Common Academic Program

Lori Shaw
Associate Dean, School of Law

Randy Sparks
Associate Dean, School of Business Administration

Bob Wilkens
Associate Dean, School of Engineering

Emily Wilkins
Director of Assessment and Planning, Student Development

Pam Young
Director of Accreditation,
 School of Education and Health Sciences


Under authority of the provost, the University Assessment Committee (UAC) oversees the student learning assessment process at the University of Dayton. The UAC is a community of learners that supports the development of assessment leaders who are able to help their units develop capacity for assessment and, importantly, assist their units in infusing assessment into their decision-making practices. The committee facilitates the sharing of assessment practices and results between units to support a systems-level approach to student learning improvement. The UAC is responsible for fostering an assessment culture on campus that is focused on continuous improvement. UAC members are responsible for orchestrating assessment activities for their units and act as resources for unit departments and programs conducting assessment activities. They assist with the development and measurement of goals, and the interpretation of results from the measurements. The UAC writes an annual "State of Student Learning" report and then relays the information to the Provost and the University community.


Monthly during the academic year

Membership Composition

The UAC is chaired by the Associate Provost for Academic Affairs and Learning Initiatives. Membership is comprised of unit assessment representatives, often unit Associate Deans charged with assessment; the Director of Assessment and Student Centered Analytics; Director of Student Development Assessment and Planning; Assistant Provost for the Common Academic Program; and Coordinator for the Common Academic Program.


Deborah J. Bickford, Ph.D. Associate Provost for Academic Affairs & Learning Initiatives

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Dayton, Ohio 45469 - 1302