Office of Planning and Assessment

OPA’s Mission Statement

BU’s Office of Planning and Assessment (OPA) collaborates with the campus community to improve student learning and strengthen BU’s commitment to educational effectiveness, continuous reflection, and decision analytics.

OPA’s Vision Statement

Bloomsburg University fosters a culture of assessment to improve academic and student programs, instruction, student services, and best practices to enhance campus and educational experiences for all.

Planning and Assessment Contacts

Assistant Vice President
    Sheila Dove-Jones | 570-389-4027
Administrative Assistant
    Deb Mucci | 570-389-4024

Full Staff Listing

2203 McCormick Center for Human Services
Phone: 570-389-4024
Fax: 570-389-3043

OPA’s Values

Actionable Research
Collaboration
Communication
Compliance

Data Fidelity
Equity
Ethics
Integrity

Reflection
Student Success
Transparency

 

OPA’s Goals and Actions

1. Cultivate and nourish partnerships with university faculty, staff, and administration to develop, implement, and oversee meaningful assessment programs and research.

Actions
• Promote a shared understanding of the purpose of assessment
• Provide accurate and unbiased data and analysis to all levels of the university
• Sponsor professional development opportunities via workshops and assessment fellows
• Provide expertise in needs assessment, survey design, data collection, analysis, and data sharing
• Finance and support the utilization and training of assessment technologies and tools
• Provide testing services for academic placement and professional licensures

2. Model ethical data analytics to support the assessment of university effectiveness and the continuous improvement of diverse, student-centered initiatives.

Actions
• Coordinate university-wide assessments (e.g. NSSE, Campus Climate Survey, CESS...)
• Support the development of university strategic plans and initiatives
• Collect and warehouse data, maintaining confidentiality
• Conduct ethical statistical analyses and disseminate findings
• Provide programs with actionable information and data

3. Ensure the compliance of state and federal mandates, and educate the campus community to advocate for accurate reporting to stakeholders.

Actions
• Provide leadership and coordinate the MSCHE self-study and reaccreditation process
• Inform and monitor current compliance procedures and regulations
• Utilize gap analyses to identify non-compliance and initiate change
• Convey the importance of consistent, uniform, and transparent data collection and analysis

4. Guide the accreditation and 5–Year Program Review processes of colleges and programs to ensure the relevance and rigor of units on campus.

Actions
• Support academic and non-academic units in the design and review of quality and effective outcomes assessment plans
• Provide consultation in the development and utilization of assessment tools
• Support the continuous evaluation process of programmatic goals through the provision of data and analysis
• Assist the meaningful interpretation of assessment findings to inform programmatic changes
• Facilitate the articulation and documentation of a comprehensive assessment plan

5. Foster a culture of data sharing and utilization by serving as a communication center for reporting outcomes assessment to internal and external audiences.

Actions
• Coordinate, communicate, and support the implementation of Bloomsburg University's Assessment Plan
• Provide internal and external audiences access to university assessment data
• Present university-wide assessment findings to various constituents
• Provide a centralized platform for faculty and staff to access assessment resources and best practices

Articulating BU's Assessment Plan

At its session on Nov. 20, 2014, the Middle States Commission on Higher Education Acted: To accept the MSCHE Periodic Review Report and reaffirm accreditation. The next evaluation visit is scheduled for 2018-2019.

University-Wide Assessment Calendar

The Office of Planning and Assessment administers and facilitates university-wide assessments on an annual, bi-annual, and ongoing bases. Please review OPA’s University-Wide Annual Assessment Calendar to see scheduled assessments and ongoing assessment activities.

Assessing Student Learning at BU

The Bloomsburg University Assessment Working Group (AWG), established in October 2012, was charged with developing a Bloomsburg University Assessment Plan and Handbook that communicates the purpose of assessment at the university, program, and course levels; means of assessment at each level; appropriate use and reporting of assessment results; and the assessment cycle/reporting timelines.

Bloomsburg University’s First Destination Survey Reports

The First Destination Survey is a career placement survey that Bloomsburg University utilizes to capture the status and perceptions of BU graduates. First Destination data is collected to assist colleges and departments with programmatic reviews and accreditation needs. Read the full reports here:

Class of 2017
Class of 2016
Class of 2015

OPA Sponsored Technology

Emsi

Emsi is an essential tool that brings together statistics and trends, demographics, and higher education data to provide integral labor market information to Bloomsburg University and other PASSHE schools. The Office of Planning and Assessment generates Emsi analyses for New Program Proposals, 5-year program reviews, and Middle States Substantive Change-Additional Locations. Please contact Ms. Meaghan Fuhrman (mfuhrman@bloomu.edu) for more information on Emsi or to request an analysis. You can learn more about Emsi at http://www.economicmodeling.com/.

Nuventive Improve

Nuventive Improve (formerly TracDat) is available for all departments as a repository for departmental data, course data, and documentation related to 5-year program reviews and accreditations. Additionally, reports can be generated which may be useful for departmental assessments. Improve is a highly versatile tool which can be customized to meet the needs of your department. Please contact Dr. Jerrold Harris (jharris@bloomu.edu) for more information on Nuventive Improve or obtain your login credentials. You can sign into your Improve account at https://bloomtracdat.passhe.edu/tracdat/.

Qualtrics

Qualtrics is a powerful and versatile survey platform which is available to the Bloomsburg University community. Qualtrics can be used for collecting and analyzing data for research projects, assessment and planning purposes, or for general feedback. The Office of Planning and Assessment oversees the administration of Qualtrics. Please contact Dr. Jerrold Harris (jharris@bloomu.edu) for information on Qualtrics or to obtain your login credentials. You can sign into your Qualtrics account at https://bloomu.az1.qualtrics.com/.