January 13, 2010 minutes

Henderson State University Assessment Team
Meeting Minutes
Dawson Room, 4:00 p.m.
January 13, 2010

Present: Jeff Bailey, Lecia Franklin, Bernie Hellums, Margaret Hoskins, Matthew Kirkpatrick, Pam Ligon Vernon Miles, Phillip Schroeder, Brett Serviss, Karen Spradlin, Wrenette Tedder, and Bob Yehl

Absent: David Thigpen, Ginger Otwell

Next Meeting: January 27, 2010

Wrenette Tedder will provide a status report on the Higher Learning Commission (HLC) accreditation selfstudy
process at the January 27 meeting. 

Chairman Schroeder remarked that during the December meeting the Team members present
brainstormed about long-term goals and how to adapt our assessment process to fit with the existing
campus structure. 

Old New Business 
February Newsletter articles are due by January 18. Vernon Miles, Phillip Schroeder, Kathy Strause,
Wrenette Tedder and Bob Yehl have agreed to submit articles. Jeff Bailey and Matthew Kirkpatrick were
asked to consider submitting an article on the student’s prospective of assessment. Jeff asked if we
might consider creating a shorter version of the newsletter for the Oracle to include in one of their issues. 

Dr. Miles provided a Campus Climate Survey update. Approximately 1,000 comments were made.
Although there is a clear need for improvement in several areas the comments were more positive than
negative. The results will be shared with the campus community shortly. All areas of concern will be
taken seriously. 

Dr. Miles informed the Team that a group of Henderson employees will be traveling to Chicago in April for
the Higher Learning Commission Annual Meeting. 

Chairman Schroeder remarked that he and Wrenette wanted to revisit one of the goals set fall 2008 –
increasing better communication with the campus community. Brett suggested Wrenette schedule time
during departmental meetings to discuss assessment. 

Wrenette challenged the Team to go to the assessment web site and offer suggestions for improvement. 

Dr. Miles will suggest to the president, and he himself will begin, to include assessment information when
speaking to campus groups on various other issues. 

Wrenette reiterated the importance of Team members attending departmental assessment meetings and

New Business 
Phillip raised the question whether to add additional Team members. Margaret remarked that the Ellis
College is underrepresented. It was also mentioned that the general studies program is not represented.
It was discussed that possibly each department have their own assessment team within the
college/department. A college/departmental representative would then report back to the Assessment

Phillip will send out an email soliciting names from Ellis College for additional Team members. 

During the December meeting the Team discussed whether to continue reviewing all of the assessment
plans. Phillips suggested that we continue to review all plans. The HLC will evaluate the Team. There is
a need to stay fully engaged as a Team in the evaluation process.

Goals for the semester and summer include:
(1) Communication
(2) Record and Document the Team’s involvement
(3) Evaluation of Unit Assessment Plans
(4) Solicit New Members 

Wrenette mentioned that two SAU Tech employees had met with her to learn about TracDat and our
assessment process. 

Next meeting scheduled for January 27.

The meeting was adjourned at 5:10 .pm.

Respectfully submitted,

Pam Ligon, acting secretary


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