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SLA Faculty/Staff Awards Program

Friday, November 24, 2017

1. Individual Faculty/Staff Awards and Collaborative Faculty and/or Staff Team Awards

These two distinct awards recognize two (2) individual faculty or staff members and two (2) collaborative faculty and/or staff teams annually who exhibit a strong commitment to best practices in student learning assessment and classroom instruction, leadership in student learning assessment as well as a dedication to improving student learning through continuous program improvement.

The nomination deadline annually is March 1.

The Nomination Form must be complete, typed, and emailed to the Assessment Committee using the e-mail assessmentcommittee@uaptc.edu.

Nomination Forms:

Individual Faculty or Staff Award (PDF)

Collaborative Faculty and/or Staff Team Award (PDF)

2. Eligibility Requirements and Nomination Process

All full-time and part-time University of Arkansas - Pulaski Technical College faculty and staff are eligible to be nominated. The faculty and staff being nominated shall not have been a recipient of either of these two awards in the preceding two years.

Annually, each Division or degree/certificate-granting program, unit or office participating in Student Learning Assessment may select no more than one individual faculty/staff member or one collaborative faculty and/or staff team from one program to be nominated for the awards. A collaborative faculty and/or staff team is comprised of two or more faculty and/or staff members either from within the same program or across disciplines who actively and regularly meet and engage in a continual improvement process involving student learning assessment at University of Arkansas - Pulaski Technical College. The unit or program office submits the Nomination Form to the Chairperson of the Academic Assessment Committee using the e-mail provided above. Nominations are due by March 1 annually. Each Nomination Form will be reviewed by the award committee and scored using the rubric provided through the link below.

Student Learning Assessment Excellence Awards Individual Faculty or Staff Scoring Rubric (PDF)

Student Learning Assessment Excellence Awards Collaborative Faculty and/or Staff Team Scoring Rubric (PDF)

Each nominated Individual Faculty or Staff member OR Collaborative Faculty and/or Staff Team must meet or exceed the following:

1. Has either individually for a course in which he/she serves as an instructor or as a leader for a team of faculty/staff successfully led his/her team throughout the SLA process.

2. Has either individually for a course in which he/she serves as an instructor or as a leader for a team of faculty/staff established an effective assessment plan and implementation process.

  • Has completed a Student Learning Assessment Form
  • Has identified high quality Student Learning Outcomes
  • Has employed effective data collection tools (assessments)
  • Has implemented a sustainable and an effective data collection process
  • Routinely uses an Assessment Management System to track data
  • Has articulated and successfully implemented a sustainable, effective and collaborative data analysis process (DCARP Form)
  • Collaboratively and routinely drafts a report of results and recommendations

3. Demonstrates continuous improvement in their student learning assessment process.

  • Provides evidence of a consistent and multi-year usage of student learning data and assessment data to guide improvements in their program/department’s curriculum, instruction, and/or services
  • Demonstrates a culture of assessment within the department and college
  • Demonstrates collegiality throughout the assessment cycle
  • Evaluates the usefulness of their own assessment efforts and strategies to inform changes within their own instruments and processes
  • Follows the assessment cycle while striving to collaboratively address and solve student learning issues through the assessment process

4. Involves stakeholders in their assessment process.

  • Clearly identifies to students their program’s student learning outcomes and assessment as well as expectations for achievement
  • Formally and informally shares processes, results, and recommendations for improvement with other faculty within his/her own discipline and across disciplines as well as with other internal/external stakeholders

3. Selection Of Award Recipient

The Academic Assessment Committee will review and assess the nominations using the scoring rubrics described and linked above in Section 2 to determine how well each nominated faculty and/or staff member meets eligibility requirements. Committee members will then individually and collectively rank the application package according to how strongly each candidate meets the stated criteria found within the rubric. After careful deliberation, a maximum of two recipients per category may be selected.

4. Presentation

The Individual Faculty SLA Awards will be given at the annual Awards Ceremony. The two awarded individual faculty members will each receive a plaque honoring his/her extraordinary achievement in student learning assessment.

The Collaborative Faculty Team SLA Awards (comprised of two or more faculty members which may include full-time, part-time and or adjunct instructors) will each receive a plaque honoring their extraordinary achievement in student learning assessment as a team.

5. Nomination Questions

For questions about the award or the nomination process, contact the Assessment Coordinator or Chair of the Assessment Committee by sending an email to assessmentcommittee@uaptc.edu.