Howard University Assessment Committee (HAC)

Overview

Good assessment in higher education depends on sound principles, systematic practice, and institutional reflection. Without each of these, assessment activities are either poorly planned, poorly executed, or inappropriate for the needs of the institution. The Howard Assessment Committee (HAC) gives a "voice to the university" in determining what assessment strategies are best to work towards continuous improvement across academic and non-academic programs. The HAC is purposefully diverse, inviting faculty, administrators, students, and alumni. The HAC serves as both a feedback loop for current assessment activities as well as  a laboratory for new Howard-specific assessment activities that will support the larger goals of assessment at the university.

History

The HAC replaces what was formerly referred to as the University Outcomes Assessment and Institutional Effectiveness (OAIE) Committee. As both the hosting office and the purpose of the committee have changed since the 2001 inception and 2009 reformation, HAC revitalizes and re-envisions how the larger Howard community can fully engage in assessment conversations. In short, a new era of assessment and a rapidly changing higher education landscape mandate a more flexible and streamlined institution-wide assessment committee.

Charge

The charge of the HAC is to review all assessment activity at Howard University and offer recommendations for improvement. The HAC is not a decision-making body, but its “voice” is considered to be the opinion of the university at large and is respected as such.

Activity

The HAC will meet once each long semester. Ad-hoc meetings may be called by the Chair to address a time-sensitive issue. All meetings (except those called ad-hoc) will be planned one month in advance, and agenda items will be shared at least two weeks before convening.

During each meeting, attendance will be taken. Members who cannot attend are welcome to send a representative in their stead.

Smaller working groups will form at the discretion of the Chair, and membership to those working groups will be voluntary. 

HAC Members

Unit Representative
College of Arts and Sciences Dr. Thomas Foster
Dr. George Middendorf
Ms. Miriam Ahmed
Dr. Ravi Perry
School of Business Dr. Allison Morgan Bryant
Dr. Yuvay Ferguson
Dr. Kanika Magee
School of Communications Dr. Alaina Davis
College of Dentistry Dr. Esther Childers
Dr. Cheryl Fryer
Dr. Tanya Greenfield
School of Divinity Dr. Frederick Ware
Dr. Kwasi Kwaye-Nuako
School of Education Dr. Katherine Picho
Dr. Veronica Thomas
College or Engineering and Architecture Dr. Nadir Yilmaz
Dr. Patrick Ymele-Leki
Dr. Moses Garuba
Dr. Kimberly Jones
Graduate School Sylvia McDonald-Kaufman
Dr. Pamela Carter-Nolan
School of Law Professor Mariela Olivares
College of Medicine Dr. Lekidelu Taddesse-Heath
Dr. Morgan Medlock
College of Nursing and Allied Health Services Marquise Frazier
Dr. Patricia Talbert
College of Pharmacy Dr. La'Marcus Wingate
School of Social Work Dr. Tracy Whitaker
Dr. Jacqueline Smith
Sandra Gammons
Undergraduate Students Kylie Burke
Andre Vincent
Graduate or Professional Students Mara Ramirez Ruiz
Alumni
Facilities and Auxiliaries Derreck Niec Williams
Olga Osaghae
Dion Long
Communications LaTasha Hicks
Alonda Thomas
Student Affairs Lennon Jackson
Amy Olsen
Katherine Outlaw
Enrollment Management Anthony Jones
Career Services Dr. Joan Browne
University Libraries Carrie Hackney
Development and Alumni Relations Bilal Badruddin
Institutional Research Yesenia Espinal
At-Large Members Dr. Michelle Searles
Dr. Catherine Quinlan
HUSO Monique Yvette McClung
Walter Steven Peterson