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April 23, 2014
CONTACT: K.E. Schwab

SRU honors two departments for assessment success

Slippery Rock University's communication department and the criminology and criminal justice department took the top awards in this year's Rock Solid Assessment program.
The awards were presented Tuesday in Weisenfluh Dining Hall.
Phillip Way, SRU provost and vice president for academic affairs, praised the program and cited the success of TracDat in recording student learning outcomes and assessment.
TracDat is a flexible software system that SRU uses to align planning initiatives, review and reflect on academic and non-academic outcomes, and take action to improve performance. TracDat supports data-informed strategic planning, program review, accreditation and in managing academic and administrative outcomes.
"The 2012-2013 assessment committee met for a day prior to the start of fall 2013 to review the TracDat reports of what departments had submitted regarding their degree program assessment plans and results, then rated each plan's objectives, criteria, assessment methods, results and action plan," said Deborah Whitfield, computer science professor and the University's assessment director. The top two scorers in the review received the awards.
Both departments were cited for implementing Degree Program Writing Competency programs and for using TracDat as part of the process.

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