Featured Award

NASPA Silver Excellence Award (2018) for Assessment 101: An Interactive Workshop Designed to Increase Assessment Capacity Across Campus.  

The NASPA Silver Excellence award was given to Madison Holzman, a 2018 graduate of the Assessment & Measurement program. In her role as a doctoral assistant, Madison was integral in the development of the curriculum and programming for our Assessment 101 workshop. Assessment 101 was developed as a spin-off from an Assessment Fellowship program that we offered for over a decade. Madison, along with fellow doctoral student Jessica Jacovidis ('17PhD) worked to develop the content that is now delivered by CARS annually to assessment practitioners around the world. The workshop modules contain examples of the assessment cycle that are inclusive of both academics and student affairs. As many student affairs programs have specific student learning outcomes, NASPA has acknowledged how this workshop serves as a tremendous resource to practitioners who want to learn about how to not only asses student programming, but also to use the results of those assessments to make evidence-based improvements.   

 

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Academic Program Assessment

Excellence in Assessment Designation (2017) 

Presented to JMU for our sustained excellence by the National Institute for Learning Outcomes Assessment.  

Outstanding Institutional Practice in Student Learning Outcomes  (2015) 

Presented to JMU for their process of submitting, evaluating, and disseminating assessment reports by the Council for Higher Education Accreditation (CHEA)  

Outstanding Institutional Practice in Student Learning Outcomes  (2011) 

Presented to the Social Work Program by the Council for Higher Education Accreditation (CHEA)  

Student Affairs Assessment

NASPA Assessment, Evaluation and Research Knowledge Community Innovation Award (2019)    

Presented to Andrea Pope and the Student Affairs Assessment Support (SASS) team, Caroline Prendergast and Morgan Crewe ('19MA), under the leadership of Sara Finney. The award was given for their educational program "Student Affairs Assessment 101", which is a special offering of our standard Assessment 101 workshop that has been adapted specifically for faculty and staff in student affairs, as well as the students in the College Student Personnel Administration (CSPA) graduate program at JMU. 

NASPA Grand Gold Excellence Award (2012) 

Presented to Assessment & Measurement doctoral students Matthew Swain (‘15PhD), and Jerusha Gerstner (‘15PhD) for their work on Implementation Fidelity with the Transfer Orientation program by NASPA, Student Affairs Administrators in Higher Education (NASPA). 

Emerging Best Practices in Student Affairs Assessment Award for Student Learning & Development Outcomes (2009) 

Presented to Orientation & the Center for Assessment & Research Studies for the Summer Springboard Orientation program by the American College Personnel Association (ACPA). 

Emerging Best Practices in Student Affairs Assessment Award for Student Learning & Development Outcomes (2008) 

Presented to Judicial Affairs & the Center for Assessment & Research Studies for their assessment of the Civic Learning program by the American College Personnel Association (ACPA).  

Emerging Best Practices in Student Affairs Assessment Award (2007) 

Presented to Judicial Affairs & the Center for Assessment & Research Studies for their assessment plan for the Civic Responsibility program by the American College Personnel Association (ACPA).  

NASPA Grand Gold Excellence Award (2007) 

Presented to Judicial Affairs Civic Learning program assessment by Student Affairs Administrators in Higher Education (NASPA) 

General Education

Improving General Education: Effective Program Process (2009) 

Presented to General Education Cluster 3 by the Association for General and Liberal Studies 

Award for Institutional Progress in Student Learning Outcomes (2006) 

Presented to CARS and the General Education Program by the Council for Higher Education Accreditation (CHEA).  

Internal Awards

Annually, the Office of the Provost for Academic Affairs will present an award to one academic program on campus for their work in Assessment during the previous year. The "Excellence in Assessment" award winners are determined by the faculty representatives of each college, who serve on the Assessment Advisory Council (AAC). After the Assessment Progress Reports (APTs) have been rated and feedback has been sent out in October. The Program Assessment Support Services (PASS) team within CARS sends the names of all eligible programs to the AAC, where they vote on the winner. To be eligible to win the award, a program must meet these preliminary requirements: a) must have received an 'exemplary' rating on their APTs for the last 3 years (average score rating above 3.4), and have no single element on their APT rating below a 3.0 rating for the last 3 years. The AAC representatives will review each APT and rubric for the eligible programs and will vote on the winner. The Provost announces and presents the award to the winning program in the Spring.  

For information about this award, please contact Herb Amato, Chair of the Assessment Advisory Council  

The Provost Award for Excellence in Assessment past recipients: 

2020  Political Science (M.A.) Florence Program   

2019  Physics (B.A. & B.S.)  

2018  School of Music  

2017  Computer Information Systems  

2016  Geology (B.S.)  

2015  Department of Nursing: MSN in Nursing  

2014  Department of Communication Studies: Bachelor of Arts/Bachelor of Science  

2013  Department of Social Work: BSW program  

2012  Department of Health Sciences: Health Studies  

2011  Department of Hospitality and Tourism Management; Bachelor of Science  

2010  Department of History; Bachelor of Arts  

2009  Department of Integrated Science & Technology, Bachelor of Science  

2008  Department of Nursing: Bachelor of Science  

2007  Department of Social Work, Bachelor of Social Work  

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