Assessment Committee

Committee Chair

Lisa Meloncon, University of South Florida

The assessment committee is charged with an ongoing need to develop ways and to share ideas to assess programs for a variety of stakeholders.In addition, the committee will determine the needs for future initiatives.

If you would like to work on this committee or any of our committees, please contact us.

Programmatic Student Learning Outcomes

In 2019, the committee finished a research project that examined programmatic student learning outcomes (PSLOs). from across the field. Please read the summary of that work (*docx file), which recommends the following PSLOs for undergraduate programs:

  • Rhetoric
  • Writing
  • Design
  • Technology
  • Ethics
  • Research
  • Collaboration
  • Professionalization

You can download an excel (*.xlsx) of the data for your own use and analysis.


This annotated bibliography is organized into various thematic sections and sub-sections associated with program assessment. This bibliography is not meant to be a comprehensive document on the overall subject of program assessment. Rather, it should be viewed as a starting point for examining this topic.

The 2011 Assessment Bibliography (*.pdf) was compiled by

  • Kirk St. Amant
  • Peter England
  • James Johnston
  • Vanessa Killgore
  • Natalie Richardson
  • Daniel Siepert

Please contact us if you have an interest on working to update this valuable resource.

Excellence in Program Assessment Awards

Effective 2016: These awards are currently on hiatus as the committee determines whether they need to be updated or eliminated.

2015 Winners

Implementation Award: Dr. Lee-Ann Kastman Breuch, University of Minnesota, for her collaborative leadership of the Department of Writing Studies in developing and implementing a model of program assessment in its outcomes-oriented design, measurement activities, and transformative curricular results.

Research Collaborative Award: Edward M. White, Norbert Elliot, and Irvin Peckham, Very Like a Whale: The Assessment of Writing
Programs, Utah State University Press, 2015, for its significant contribution to the field of educational assessment of writing programs, modeling of an innovative theory-driven framework, and use cases that demonstrate assessment complexity in action.

2014 Winners

Research Program Award: Bachelor of Science Program in Professional Communication and Emerging Media at University Wisconsin Stout for outstanding contributions that its faculty have made to program assessment in technical and scientific communication in the area of Implementation.

Research Individual Award:  Dr. Charles Sides for outstanding contributions to program assessment in technical and scientific communication as a practitioner and editor in the area of Service.

Awards and Criteria

Area 1: Research (Individual or collaborative)
Evaluation Criteria: Significant publication(s) of an article/articles or a book/books that focus on assessment and assessment practices

Area 2: Implementation (Individual or collaborative)
Evaluation Criteria: Successful development and implementation of a  programmatic assessment model or method

Area 3: Service (Individual or collaborative)
Evaluation Criteria: Significant contribution to assessment practice/research on a local, regional, or national level