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Assessment Champion Featured

Mr. Rob Catlett - Assistant Professor of Mathematics and Economics


His assessment activities span many years and he has been actively involved in assessment at many levels across the institution. He has presented at national conferences about his linkage study between our students' scores on ACT exams given in high school and their results on the CAAP tests which they take close to their ESU graduation date. This provides an excellent verification of the "value added" from their education at ESU.  He has been an innovator in a wide variety of curricular areas.  His most recent new course is a Globalization course in Economics.  He also has been a leader in a variety of ESU's projects connected to the American Democracy Project.  ESU has been a national winner in the America's Future Project competition.  He does extensive assessment of the economics program and has assisted in the assessment of the mathematics undergraduate and graduate programs.  He has maintained close contact with economics graduates over the course of many years.  This assessment not only shows the success of our ESU graduates in economics, it also provides a wealth of contacts and connections for current students.  He frequently invites alumni back to ESU to make guest presentations in his courses.  He has been heavily involved in assessment at a variety of levels and has served on numerous assessment committees.  

Current Assessment Activities

          The campus community engages in assessment activities on a continuous basis and at all operational levels.  The assessment of the institution's effectiveness in meeting its mission is confirmed through the strategies aligned with objectives identified in the strategic plan, all of which are aligned with student learning and success.  Assessments reporting generally occurs at the end of each of the fall and spring terms or annually at the end of June.  Course-embedded assessments are dedicated to improving learning at the formative levels and collectively contribute to improving both program and general education curricula.  The faculty is engaged in these assessment activities for assigned courses.  Department level assessments are directed toward coordinating the faculty in ways which inform the disciplines.  These activities involve assessing the effectiveness of groups or clusters of courses, to adapt and develop existing or new majors and programs, to align with external accrediting requirements, and to ensure that existing curricula are current with the discipline and the external operating environment.  In assessing general education, the focus is at the course level and goal levels.  At the goal level, courses contributing (i.e., critical thinking skills) are identified across the disciplines and the interdisciplinary contributions are measured using a common rubric.  These assessments are currently focused on the core skills for written and verbal communication, analytical reasoning, and critical thinking.  Together these multiple level assessment activities inform the improvement of student learning at many different levels concurrently.