Individual Assessment Commendation

Spring 2019 Call for Nominations

Purpose and Eligibility
The commendation is open to all MMA employees who have made a substantial contribution in the area of assessment of student learning. Examples include:

  • Development of new measures or rubrics to assess student learning in the major or general education;
  • Assessment work that has informed curriculum development and/or new programmatic activities;
  • Presentation of assessment work at conferences, talks, and/or workshops;
  • Publication of assessment work in peer-reviewed journals or similar publications.

Self-nominations or nominations from others are acceptable. Individuals submitting a nomination must include:

  • The name, title, unit, and contact information of the nominee;
  • A one-page (maximum) cover letter describing why the nominee is deserving of the award (i.e., detail on the impact of the nominee’s contribution);
  • Relevant examples of the assessment work completed by the nominee, including copies of any article(s), presentation(s), etc. or a summary of the assessment accomplishments.

Award Criteria
Commendation recipients will be selected based on several factors, including the impact of their contribution. See the attached rubric for complete evaluation criteria. The campus-wide assessment committee will review nominations and make award recommendations to the Provost/Chief Academic Officer, who will make the final selection(s).

Submission Deadline and Award Process
The deadline for the spring 2019 award application is May 4, 2019. Notification of awards will be made via email by May 31, 2019. Commendation recipients will receive university-wide recognition (e.g., an announcement at the summer employee recognition ceremony), a recent book on assessment practices, and a formal recognition letter that could be included in promotion and tenure packages. Recipients will also be invited to share details on their contributions to student learning assessment at a fall campus-wide assessment symposium (see details that follow). Please submit applications electronically to:

MMA Office of Institutional Effectiveness / ABS-IC room 312
(508) 830-5069

Campus-Wide Assessment Symposium
Recipients will be invited to share their work at a campus-wide assessment symposium to take place in fall 2020. Interested recipients should prepare a one- to two-page summary of their work and prepare a poster or other visual aid to display at the symposium. The prepared summary will be shared with the Provost/Chief Academic Officer, posted to the MMA website, and made available to symposium attendees. Summaries should include the following minimum components:

  • An abstract of 100 or fewer words describing the assessment work;
  • Participant’s contact information (first and last name, title, department/unit);
  • A brief description of the work and its connection to student learning assessment;
  • Key highlights of the work’s impact or how it moved assessment efforts forward;
  • Reflections on the successes and challenges of the assessment efforts;
  • Any next steps based on the results of the assessment work;
  • Recommendations of processes, strategies, tools, etc. that others may adapt or adopt based upon the work described.

Recipients may also share any supplementary materials that help to convey the impact of the assessment work (e.g., copies of submitted articles, conference proceedings/presentations, rubrics, or in-house assessment instruments).

Printable Version

Individual Assessment Commendation Rubric
Poor (1-3) Adequate (4-6) Excellent (7-10)
1. Description of the nominee’s contribution
The cover letter is incomplete or missing. Discussion of the contribution to the assessment of student learning is absent, unclear, and/or lacking sufficient detail. The cover letter is complete.  There is some discussion of the contribution to the assessment of student learning. The cover letter is complete and offers a detailed explanation of the work completed by the nominee with particular attention to the assessment work / methods, publication, or presentation. A clear and detailed description of the contribution to the assessment of student learning is included.
2. Relevant examples (e.g. copy of the article, presentation, or a summary report of assessment activities)
Examples of assessment accomplishments and contributions are missing, incomplete, or unrelated to student learning. The nomination includes some examples of assessment accomplishments and contributions. There is some connection between the documents and assessment of student learning. Detailed examples of assessment accomplishments and contributions are included. The materials clearly demonstrate work that has substantially contributed to the assessment of student learning.
3. Clarity of the submitted materials
The writing is unclear, vague, or difficult to read. Includes extraneous information and/or unsupported statements. The writing is clear and concise. Statements are factual, documented, and interesting to read. The cover letter is clearly written, interesting, and compelling, making an effective case for the nominee. There is concrete, specific language describing the assessment work by the nominee.     
4. Overall
The nomination is unclear or missing key elements. The nomination materials are reasonably clear. The nomination materials are clear, concise, and complete.