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Code: 5554 PCLS: N3050 Pay Grade:  Exempt:  Yes ORP:  No EEO Code:  3
Title: Assessment Specialist
Description: Assists academic and non-academic departments in establishing and implementing outcomes assessment plans relevant to meeting each unit's mission and strategic goals. Collaborates with and provides technical assistance to administrators and faculty to develop academic assessment plans and to implement these plans for all university academic programs for undergraduate, graduate, and nonacademic programs. Assists in evaluating the outcomes assessment activities of the university community to meet institutional strategic goals and accreditation requirements. May be called on to assist in collecting and interpreting data for use by the university, as well as other governmental and accreditation agencies involved in the planning, policy formulation, decision making, assessment and administration of institutions of higher education, such as the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board. Reports to the Director of Institutional Research and Assessment.
Examples: Provides technical assistance to faculty and staff to identify and implement an ongoing assessment program and university-level outcomes and measures relevant to and in support of student learning in both academic and nonacademic units. Provides assistance in the interpretation of assessment results to better inform decision-making and actions to be taken to enhance program and institutional effectiveness. Maintains databases documenting assessment plans, all implementation activities, and the achievement of program and university goals. Maintains current knowledge of assessment research and best practices and related institutional effectiveness issues and requirements of external accreditation agencies including SACS and various program accrediting organizations. Participates in professional development activities. Provides support to the Director in coordination and management of all institutional effectiveness activities at the university. Interacts with the campus community and shares relevant information regarding assessment data collection; maintains assessment databases, and analysis to support the integrated institutional effectiveness system. Integrates assessment activities and results with accreditation processes, especially institutional accreditation. Will be knowledgeable of current research in higher education and will attend to the journals and books pertaining to this research.
Physical Condition: Must be mobile to travel to faculty, staff, and administrators' offices and meeting rooms across campus.
Experience: Professional experience in higher education including student assessment focusing on improving student success is preferred. Experience with statistics and research methodology.
Knowledge: Requires knowledge of best practices in assessment as it pertains to higher education and in the area of institutional effectiveness including the creation of outcomes, assessment methods and instruments, as well as data analysis, and utilization of reporting results. Should be familiar with the measurement of student outcomes and the examination of the measures in the context of student and institutional goals and quantitative and qualitative characteristics of academic and non-academic programs. Must be computer literate, familiar with current state of the art software to include databases, spreadsheets, presentations, (Banner) server-based queries, and statistical software and be comfortable in either a mainframe or personal computer environment. Ability to write quality reports documenting qualitative and quantitative data analyses and offering appropriate interpretation and conclusions. Ability to facilitate and lead groups to accomplish a task such as setting learning outcomes or developing assessment plans or interpreting assessment results to make decisions for improvement. Should have a good understanding of higher education staffing, organization and function.
Education: Education: Bachelor's degree in related field (e.g., education, psychology, sociology, management). Graduate degree preferred.
Additional Requirements: Must have the ability to interact professionally and effectively with faculty, staff, and administrators. Must have good oral and written communication skills and be comfortable communicating with and presenting material to senior level officials and large groups of people. Confidentiality is required. *This position is designated as security sensitive and requires a criminal background check.

Last updated 2013-11-19