The Assessment Committee has the overall responsibility for developing the College assessment plan and is charged with planning, developing, and disseminating procedures for the assessment of institutional effectiveness, and assuring continuous improvement in educational programs and related services.
Working Structure and Responsibilities
The Assessment Committee works with programs to develop and maintain a framework for ongoing assessment and to promote a “culture of evidence.” The Assessment Committee supports the institution in the process of collecting, organizing, evaluating, and validating existing and new evidence-gathering and assessment methodologies in programs at Otis College. The Committee supports a flexible assessment framework that allows for a diversity of evidence across programs in support of the improvement of student learning. The Committee oversees the development of vehicles to archive student learning outcomes at both a program and college-wide level; coordinates and reviews the criteria for Program Review; reviews outcomes from College-wide annual assessment and Program Review; and supports the WASC Accreditation Liaison Officer (ALO) in the preparing and writing of accreditation assessments.
The membership of the Assessment Committee reflects the institution-wide scope of assessment at Otis College and consists of representatives from all programs.
The Provost’s Office provides the leadership for the Assessment Committee.
Debra Ballard, Associate Provost for Assessment and Accreditation, ALO
Randall Lavender, Provost
Sue Maberry, Director of Library and Instructional Technology
Nicholas Negrete, Associate Dean of Student Affairs
Linda Pollari, Chair, Architecture/Landscape/Interiors
Tucker Neel, Asst. Professor, Communication Arts
Kathleen Milnes, Assistant Chair, Digital Media
Mitra Rajabi, Associate Professor, Fashion
Soo Kim, Professor, Fine Arts
Hazel Mandujano, Academic Coordinator, Foundation
Patricia Kovic, Professor, Product Design
Deborah Ryan, Chair, Toy
Michele Jaquis, Director of Interdisciplinary Studies and ACT
Matthew Tecle, IA Specialist, Community Relations Manager
WSCUC Steering Committee
The Reaccreditation Steering Committee plays a central role in this process, providing area-related input in the writing of the Self-Study, reviewing the final document, acting as a liaison to participants’ respective constituencies, and meeting with the review team in spring, 2018. The Self-Study document is an opportunity to reflectively and critically review what we are doing well, how we can improve, and where we are going in a changing educational landscape.
President - Bruce Ferguson
Provost - Randy Lavender
APAA/Chair Liberal Arts - Debra Ballard
Trustee - Kirk Hyde
Associate Dean of Student Affairs - Nick Negrete
Controller - Christine Sanchez
Senior Director of the Library and Learning Centers - Sue Maberry
Dean of Continuing Education and Pre college Programs - Amy Gantman
eLearning and Technology - Jean-Marie Venturini and Felipe Gutierrez
Chair of Fine Arts - Meg Cranston
Chair of ALI - Linda Pollari
Chair of Grad Writing - Peter Gadol
UG Design Faculty - TBD
UG Fine Arts Faculty – Patty Kovic
Foundation - Joanne Michell
Academic Assembly - Nancy Haselbacher
Creative Action Director - Rich Shelton
Director of ACT and Interdisciplinary Studies - Michele Jaquis
Director of Institutional Research and Effectiveness - George Del Hierro
VP for Human Resources and Development - TBD
Academic Advising Coordinator - Carrie Malcom
Students - TBD
Part-time/adjunct faculty - Elektra Grant, Joanne Staten
Institutional Advancement - Susan Pollack
Assigned annually through Academic Assembly and reviews all curricular changes under the Curricular Review and Guideline which includes consistency with WSCUC and NASAD degree requirements. The Associate Provost for Assessment and Accreditation is a standing member of the committee.