University Assessment Committee

The University Assessment Committee (UAC) supports and coordinates student learning assessment projects at the University of San Francisco (USF). The primary function is to advise, support, and oversee student-centered learning processes, including but not limited to, initiating and encouraging student learning activities throughout the University and providing USF’s leadership with current and accurate reporting on the student experience.

Members are appointed to serve in the UAC because of their expertise and interest in student learning and in nurturing USF’s culture of assessment.

Charge

The UAC is composed of faculty and staff from across the University and under the auspices of the Provost, promotes and advances a culture of assessment at USF. USF abides by the principle that effective and meaningful assessment is an integral part of the educational process. This principle is at the heart of our commitment to the students, faculty, and communities we serve. Faculty and staff are engaged in a joint process of assessment. At USF, we continuously develop and implement learning assessment processes that focus on communicating and sharing of best practices, and supporting and providing feedback to programs, departments, and colleges/schools. Strategic and systematic institutional assessment supports the mission and values of the University by assuring that our programs are of the highest quality, and that we are effectively preparing our students to succeed in their chosen field of study and vocation, and contribute meaningfully to the common good.

The responsibilities of the UAC include:

  • Serve as leaders to support a culture of assessment within the colleges/schools and throughout the University, including co-curricular programs and service units.
  • Review University assessment policies and procedures and recommend improvements as needed to the Provost, Senior Vice Provost of Academic Affairs, and the Director of Educational Effectiveness and Assessment.
  • Communicate to faculty and staff regarding assessment and their role in it.
  • Support college and department assessment representatives with information and resources, including training and technology, to maintain and carry out current assessment plans.
  • Oversee assessment processes related to programs, including an annual assessment of student learning and program review.
  • Monitor and track the cycle of assessment, including collection and analysis of data, acting on findings, and reporting to internal and external stakeholders.
  • Building and fostering a culture of continuous quality improvement.

Members

SHIRLEY MCGUIRE, PhD 
Senior Vice Provost for Academic Affairs
Office of the Provost

DEBORAH PANTER, JD (Chair) (WSCUC ALO)
Associate Vice Provost for Educational Effectiveness
Office of the Provost

JILL BALLARD, MA
Instructional Designer
Educational Technology Services  

SHAWN P. CALHOUN, EdD
Associate Dean & Department Head of Access Services, Systems, and Assessment
Gleeson Library/Geschke Center

LAURA CAMARA
Director, Academic Operations, Planning & Resources
School of Management

SUPARNA CHAKRABORTY, PhD
Associate Dean for Academic Effectiveness
College of Arts and Sciences

MARY KATHERINE DONNELLY, DNP, MPH, FNAP, ACNP-BC, ANP-BC
Associate Professor and Chair, Graduate Nursing
School of Nursing and Health Professions

SHAWN DOUBIAGO, PhD
Adjunct Professor, Comparative Literature and Culture
College of Arts and Sciences

TRISTIN GREEN, JD
Professor, Associate Dean for Academic Affairs
School of Law

LAURA HANNEMANN, MEd
Director of Assessment
School of Education

MONIKA HUDSON, DM, EdD
Associate Professor
School of Management

KATIE HOFFMAN, MFA
Project Manager
Office of the Provost

EUGENE KIM, JD
Co-Director, Tracy Seeley Center for Teaching Excellence
Professor of Legal Writing, School of Law

JACK LENDVAY, PhD
Associate Professor & Department Chair, Environmental Science/Management
College of Arts and Sciences

MARISA C. MCCARTHY, MA
Assistant Director of Curriculum Management
Office of the Provost

STAR PLAXTON-MOORE, MEd
Director of Community Engaged Learning
Leo T. McCarthy Center for Public Service and the Common Good

MELISSA C. THOMPSON, MA
Associate Director of Research & Assessment
Office of the Provost

GOLDEN VENTERS III, MEd
Director of Organizational Effectiveness
Student Life

ANASTASIA VRACHNOS, MS
Associate Vice Provost for International Initiatives
Office of the Provost 

LINDA WONG-LEE
Assistant Director
Center for Institutional Planning and Effectiveness

SCOTT ZIEHM, DNP
Associate Dean for Prelicensure Programs and Accreditation
School of Nursing and Health Professions