Assessment at CMU

What will a CMU graduate know and be able to do at the end of their course of study? And how will we know if they get there? Those two questions are at the heart of assessment.

The assessment plan at Central Methodist University seeks to help cultivate a culture of continuous improvement in student learning assessing progress towards the goals set forth in the mission statement. The mission statement guides decisions in the University in all CMU academic and co-curricular programs. The process should:

  • Be thoughtful, systematic, and driven by faculty;
  • Reflect the goals of particular disciplines, as well as the University Learning Outcomes;
  • Guide departments and programs in the creation and refinement of curriculum.
The Wheel CMU's University Learning Principles, commonly known as "the Wheel," were adopted in May 2016.

The faculty have ultimate responsibility for assessment of both General Education and Academic Programs. They are assisted by the Director of Assessment, the Assessment Committee, and the Provost's Office. For a more detailed breakdown of assessment responsibilities, please see the Assessment Handbook.

Quality assessment is essential to improving student learning. Through the use of both direct and indirect evidence of student achievement, assessments guide collective actions for improvements in teaching, academic supports, and curricula. The Director of Assessment and the Assessment Committee serve the CMU community by supporting assessment activities, coordinating university-wide assessments, and fostering a culture of assessment. Assessment reporting is compiled in the WEAVE Online data management system.

Assessment

A program to assess academic achievement is required of all institutions by the Higher Learning Commission as part of their demonstration that they are fulfilling their mission and meeting their educational and otherwise institutionally identified goals. The assessment plan at Central Methodist University seeks to help cultivate a culture of continuous improvement in student learning by annually assessing progress towards the goals set forth in the mission statement. The mission statement guides decisions in the University in all CMU academic and non-academic programs.

In 2007, CMU implemented a web-based software package that helps organize and implement assessment plans. All academic and administrative programs use WEAVEonline to share their mission, outcomes, measures, findings, action plan, analysis, and annual reports with the CMU community. The use of WEAVEonline helps develop a collaborative culture of assessment by allowing communication of assessment across the University.

The faculty have ultimate responsibility for assessment of both General Education and Academic Programs. They are assisted by the Assessment Committee and the Dean's Office. For a more detailed breakdown of assessment responsibilities, please see the Assessment Handbook.

Assessment Committee

The Assessment Committee researches, develops, reviews, and recommends procedures/policies to assess student learning in and beyond the classroom.  In coordination with the Vice President and Dean of the University and the Associate Dean of the University, the Assessment Committee advises the faculty on the progress of student learning. A yearly report is presented to faculty summarizing assessment of academic programs and General Education, and any changes to the General Education assessment plan.

Committee Membership

Chair - Dr. Ashley Lough
Secretary - Prof. Kristan Erdmann

Members

Dr. Ashley Lough - Associate Professor of Biology (Co-Chair)
Prof. Lisa Morrison - Assistant Professor of Education
Dr. Kevin Carnahan - Assistant Professor of Philosophy and Religion
Prof. Kristan Erdmann - Assistant Professor of Athletic Training
Prof. Pam Shackelford - Assistant Professor of Accounting
Dr. Patrick Dill - Assistant Professor of Music
Prof. Christine Carnes - Course Review Specialist and CGES representative

Ex Officio

Dean Sandra Wald - Director of Assessment
Dean Suzanne Hickman