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Shared Governance at Detroit Mercy: Assessment Team

Assessment Team

The Assessment Team shares best practices regarding assessment, reviews the assessment methodologies being used by each school, and identifies those schools in which assessment activities require improvement. This Team collects assessment information on a regular basis, compiles reports, and forwards information to key stakeholders including, but not limited to, Deans, members of the Assessment Team, and the Provost/VPAA. The Assessment Team analyzes collected data and makes recommendations concerning identified needs or gaps to enhance assessment, suggests continuing education, and documents strengths and weaknesses identified as part of assessment as well as efforts that occurred to address those needs.

Assessment Team Structure

The Assessment Team reports to the Provost/VPAA and is a twelve-member team with:

  • one representative of the Corktown campus
  • one representative of the Riverfront campus
  • one representative from each of the McNichols campus colleges/schools (selected by the college/school)
  • one librarian from the Libraries that report to the Dean of University Libraries and Instructional Technology
  • one representative from the Core Curriculum Committee
  • one faculty member selected by the MFA from among its members
  • two administrative representatives, one of whom is the Director of Assessment*


*The structure has been temporarily modified with the approval of the Shared Governance Task Force to reflect the elimination of the Director of Assessment position.

Assessment Team Minutes

Assessment Team Operational Policies and Procedures

Assessment Team Roster

Corktown Campus
Alyssa Goike (term expires 3/21)

Riverfront Campus
Cara Cunningham-Warren (term expires 3/21)*

School of Architecture
Kris Nelson (term expires 3/21)*

College of Business Administration
Mithu Bhattacharya (term expires 3/21)

College of Engineering and Science
Ioannis Souldatos (term expires 3/20)

College of Health Professions
Coni Burke-Schmidt (term expires 3/20)

College of Liberal Arts and Education
Joe Paszek (term expires 3/20) -  Chair

Jill Turner (term expires 3/21)

Core Curriculum Committee
Nassif Reyes (term expires 3/20)

MFA Representative
Kirstie Plantenberg (term expires 3/20) - Secretary

Administrative Representatives
Karen Lee, Associate VP of Academic Affairs (term not limited)
Mike Verdusco, Director of Educational Technology (term expires 3/21)


*Served two terms, ineligible for a third term.

Committee and Team Roles and Responsibilities

Assessment Team Charges 2018-2019

2019-2020 Assessment Team Charges

  1. Advocate for the enhancement of student learning through purposeful, meaningful, and feasible student-outcomes assessment practices using as institution-wide assessment management system (i.e. Campus Labs). Advocacy includes:
    1. Establishing assessment processes, timelines, cycles, and annual report formats that include a connection between assessment results and implemented changes;
    2. Loading outcomes statements into assessment management system (i.e. Campus Labs);
    3. Providing rationale statements for outcomes that clarify the intent of each outcome and reporting expectations;
    4. Updating checklist to reflect submissions;
    5. Participating in and/or recruiting others to pilot processes for core curricular student-outcomes assessment and co-curricular student-outcomes assessment;
    6. Providing assessment management training to colleagues, as well as a training guide
    7. Refining assessment practices using feedback from the committee and the campus community;
    8. Communicating assessment protocols and reports with the campus community.
  1. Develop a mechanism for sharing best practices around the University regarding assessment.
  1. Review the assessment methodologies being used by each school and identify those schools in which assessment activities require improvement.
  2. Provide ongoing reports to and consultation with the Provost and Academic Vice President.
  3. Keep the University community informed of Team activities.

Assessment Team General Charges 2019-2020

  • Review the attached Roles and Responsibilities for MFA Committees and University Teams. Note important dates.
  • Review the University of Detroit Mercy 2019-2024 Strategic Plan.
  • Check the webpage for the specific Team or Committee to determine information provided is accurate.
  • Keep the University community informed of committee/team activities by providing mid-year and annual reports to be posted to the shared governance website. The secretary of the committee is responsible for sending these documents to