PRAC Reporting and Recognition Subcommittee
We invite PRAC representatives to join the PRAC Reporting and Recognition Subcommittee, which provides feedback, guidance, and support to assessment colleagues campus-wide. This year, the committee will continue to reconsider the PRAC reporting process in light of adjustments made as a result of the Covid-19 pandemic, the Record of Experiential and Authentic Learning (The Record), and the Profiles of Learning for Undergraduate Success, and will also discuss ways to reward and recognize exemplary assessment practices at IUPUI.
The main work of this subcommittee will continue to include reading and reviewing annual assessment reports and offering feedback to academic and co-curricular units about their reports. The purpose of these reviews is to provide collegial support for improving reports and assessment practices, to identify exemplary reports and practices that other units can consult for guidance, and to ensure that the reports collectively present a clear picture of student learning outcomes assessment at IUPUI and of how assessment results are used to guide improvement. Workload depends on the number of volunteers, but in most years, members are each assigned 2-4 reports to review, and have been able to complete their reviews in 3-6 hours.
Members of this subcommittee have an opportunity to learn more about how their colleagues in schools, programs, and administrative units across IUPUI are working to assess and improve student learning. For members who write their own units’ annual Assessment Report, participating in this committee is an excellent way to learn about developing an effective report document. Reporting units benefit from the feedback they receive; since we began this annual review in 2011, the quality of the PRAC reports—and, we hope, of the underlying assessment practices—has markedly improved.
We seek members with and without prior experience with this annual review process—so if you have served on this committee in the past, please consider volunteering again. We expect that the group will need to meet two or three times this year to organize and complete the PRAC report review process and discuss any recommended changes to the reporting process. The first meeting typically takes place late in the fall semester or early in the spring semester, after PRAC reports have been received; and the last meeting is held prior to the May PRAC meeting. All meetings in 2020-2021 will be held on Zoom. We will try to find times for these meetings that accommodate as many members’ schedules as possible. More members mean less work for each individual member on the reviews of PRAC reports, so we hope that many of you will volunteer to join this year.