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University of RichmondLocation: Richmond, VA 23173 Document ID: AC321-4LFO Posted on: 2018-08-1708/17/2018 Job Type: Regular
Minimum Education: Masters2018-09-16
Accreditation and Assessment Specialist
Reporting to both the Associate Dean for Academic and Student Affairs and the Program Chair for Graduate Education, the Assessment and Accreditation Specialist for the School of Professional and Continuing Studies (SPCS) manages the accreditation and assessment process for all graduate and undergraduate education programs at the University of Richmond in compliance with the Council for Accreditation of Education Programs (CAEP) standards. The position works closely with faculty in SPCS academic programs to develop effective assessment plans to improve student learning and provides design and measurement expertise to ensure the quality of program-level assessment. The Assessment and Accreditation Specialist manages the administrative planning and evaluation process of SPCS academic programs. The Assessment and Accreditation Specialist also manages some aspects of compliance to meet standards of the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges (SACSCOC). By providing expertise in assessment methods, tools and practices and through on-going collaboration with the Office of Institutional Effectiveness, the Assessment and Accreditation Specialist works to promote a culture of continuous improvement within the School.
With program quality and continuous improvement as the focal points, assure accreditation of graduate and undergraduate programs with CAEP. Lead all aspects of the CAEP accreditation process, including developing and managing research-based assessment protocols which are both valid and reliable, scoring and calibration of assessment instruments, and writing of reports. Responsible for managing data management tool which supports data collection for education programs and providing coordination between the University and the parent company in its implementation. Assist in documenting CAEP accreditation as requested by the University’s Office of Institutional Effectiveness (IFX).
ACADEMIC PROGRAM DATA COLLECTION AND ANALYSIS:
Working with staff from IFX, manage all aspects of the SPCS’s program data collection related to SACSCOC accreditation standards. Consult with SPCS academic program chairs and SPCS administration to plan, develop and improve annual evaluation plans of SPCS academic programs. Provide expertise with the identification and/or development of program evaluation tools for academic programs in SPCS. Assist program chairs in the development and implementation of indirect and/or direct evaluation measures aligned to academic program goals.
STATE AND FEDERAL STANDARDS AND REPORTING:
Collect and report data as required by the Virginia Department of Education (VDOE), including the Title II Report, Biennial Report, and any other reporting requirements mandated by the Virginia Department of Education (VDOE). Work with administrative staff in the Education Department to ensure timely submission of student data for accurate reporting.
Develop and staff CAEP Advisory Board comprised of local school personnel, alumni, and other stakeholders related to accreditation and program quality. Serve as liaison to local school divisions, other institutions of higher education, VDOE, and SACSCOC as it pertains to accreditation, assessment and compliance. Attend CAEP conferences annually (more frequently if necessary) and SACSCOC conferences periodically to ensure current understanding of standards and expectations.
As assigned by Associate Dean of Academic and Student Affairs and Program Chair for Graduate Education.
Experience with both the theory and practical application of learning assessment in a higher education environment, especially direct measures of student learning outcomes. Skill in qualitative and quantitative data collection, analysis, and reporting. Knowledge of Excel or SPSS or similar program for data analysis. Must be detail-oriented and have excellent interpersonal, customer service, organization and planning, prioritization, problem-solving, follow-through, time management, and oral and written communication skills. Also, must be flexible and possess the ability to successfully handle multiple projects simultaneously and work well independently and as part of a team.
EDUCATION & EXPERIENCE:
Master’s degree in educational measurement and evaluation, educational research and statistics or a related field required. A doctorate preferred. A minimum of 3 years professional level experience in assessment, evaluation or a related area. CAEP experience strongly preferred. Higher education experience preferred.
- Full-time, exempt position
- Monday – Friday, 8:30 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.; 7.75 hrs./day; 38.75 hrs./week
Pay Grade 8
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Located minutes from downtown Richmond, Virginia, the University of Richmond (www.richmond.edu) blends the intimacy of a small college with exceptional academic, research, and cultural opportunities usually found only at large institutions. Richmond offers a unique combination of undergraduate and graduate programs. Our School of Arts & Sciences anchors Richmond as a nationally ranked liberal arts university. A ranked business school, the nation’s first school of leadership studies, a highly respected law school, a nationally recognized international education program and the community-focused School of Professional and Continuing Studies build on that strong foundation and make this university something unique.
UR is committed to developing a diverse faculty, staff and student body, and to modeling an inclusive campus community which values the expression of differences in ways that promote excellence in teaching, learning, personal development and institutional success. In keeping with this commitment, our academic community welcomes candidates from diverse backgrounds and candidates who support diversity. EOE