University Council on Learning Outcomes

The predecessor of the University Council on Learning Outcomes (UCLO) was theAssessment Report Development Committee. This task force of faculty and administrators,appointed by the President of Boston College (2007), was charged with developing auniversity-wide framework for assessing student learning outcomes in response to a requestby the university’s regional accreditor, the Commission on Institutions of Higher Education ofthe New England Association of Schools and Colleges (CIHE/NEASC). The framework, andprogress on its implementation, was subsequently included in Boston College’s InterimReport (2012) and Institutional Report (2017) to CIHE/NEASC; both iterations were met withapproval. With this generalized assessment process in place, in 2018 the AssessmentReport Development Committee transitioned to the University Council on LearningOutcomes, reflective of the institution’s progress in advancing assessment practices campus-wide.


The charge of the University Council on Learning Outcomes (UCLO) is twofold: to support Boston College with its assessment-related accreditation obligations and to foster academic and co-curricular assessment for student learning.


Assessment and Accreditation

The UCLO monitors the development and implementation of assessment plans in the areas of: the Core curriculum, academic programs, student affairs, and mission and ministry so that compliance is maintained with regional (i.e., the New England Commission of Higher Education, NECHE), specialized, and professional program accreditors. This function involves:

  • Ensuring that campus units have a thoughtfully prepared assessment plan (e.g., NECHE’s E1A form) that documents learning outcomes and periodic “closing the loop” updates;
  • Confirming that learning outcomes are presented for all applicable programs on the Boston College website;
  • Interpreting NECHE’s accreditation standards and policy related to assessment (e.g., NECHE Standard 8: Educational Effectiveness).

 

Assessment for Student Learning


The UCLO supports faculty and staff with the development and implementation of assessment plans to promote continuous improvement and learning. This function involves:

  • Supporting assessment plan (e.g., E1A form) development and implementation by reviewing plans and providing formative feedback;
  • Recommending institutional assessment procedures and policies that facilitate assessment activities and encourage the campus’ ever-developing culture of assessment;
  • Facilitating the acquisition of assessment-related resources (e.g., grants, national assessment experts/consultants, professional development opportunities) to further assessment capacity building;
  • Preparing an annual institutional update on assessment activities which serves to document assessment efforts annually and inform the University’s President, Provost and Dean of Faculties, Vice President for University Mission and Ministry, and Vice President for Student Affairs;
  • Foster the exchange of information on all types of assessment: best practices, innovative approaches, pilot-phase experiments/modes of inquiry.

Membership

 

Committee members are nominated by their area’s leadership (e.g., dean or vice president) and appointed by the University Council on Learning Outcomes (UCLO) Steering Committee.  The goal of all appointments is to yield a rotating membership, representative of Boston College’s academic and co-curricular units.  Members are committed to contributing to continuous quality improvement work using assessment results.

Generally, membership on the UCLO Steering Committee (and/or an occasional affiliate committee), entails:

  • Supporting units with the development of learning outcomes and an assessment plan (e.g., E1A form); 
  • Ensuring compliance, progress/completion, and integrity of assessment processes;
  • Regular attendance at meetings;
  • Substantive communication ("reporting out") of area assessment activities;
  • Contribution to the annual report which describes, in brief, the academic year's assessment activities in one’s area and recommendations in support of institutional level assessment planning and initiatives at Boston College.

 

UCLO Steering Committee Members, AY22-23

 

        Name                                          Area                                             Term Start                   Term End            
Biz Bracher Morrissey College Sept 2021       May 2024
Margaret Cohen University Libraries       Sept 2021 May 2024
Jean Baptiste Diatta, S.J.  Graduate Student ongoing ongoing
Ali Erol Morrissey College Sept 2020 May 2023
Jess Greene, co-chair Provost’s Office ongoing onoging
Stacy Grooters Center for Teaching Excellence Sept 2019 May 2023
Candace Hetzner Morrissey College Sept 2020 May 2023
Kate Daly
Mission & Ministry Sept 2022 May 2025
Peter Martin, co-chair President’s Office Sept 2019 onoging
Tom Mogan Morrissey College Sept 2022 May 2025
Elizabeth Shlala Core Curriculum Sept 2021 May 2024
Melinda Stoops Student Affairs Sept 2020 May 2023