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This fall, the Office of Academic Insight honored the faculty of the undergraduate program of the Department of World Languages, Literatures and Cultures for their selection as the 2020 recipient of the Provost’s Program Assessment Excellence Award. The award is presented annually to a program that exemplifies a positive evaluation culture by engaging in thoughtful and well-aligned evaluation practices. In 2020, 96 programs were eligible to receive this award. As professors in the undergraduate program of the Department of World Languages, Literatures and Cultures work together to enhance the learning experiences of their students, all three programs have been shortlisted for the 2020 award.
The 2020 celebration was postponed and was able to take place this fall.
The Office of Academic Assessment, now Academic Insight, began collecting assessment reports from all study programs in 2016. The three undergraduate programs in the Department of World Languages, Literatures and Cultures have a history implementation of exceptional assessment practices and were the first programs to receive perfect peer grades from Auburn University three years ago at the annual Meta-Assessment Institute. The undergraduate programs (French, German and Spanish) of the Department of World Languages, Literatures and Cultures worked together to implement good assessment practices.
Faculty is to be commended for their focus on data-driven curriculum and course improvement, as well as department-wide faculty development initiatives.
“I, along with my colleagues on the University Review Board, have been particularly impressed with the way the programs collect student feedback and feed it into conversations about student success,” said Katie Boyd, Principal of ‘Academic Insight.
The Provost Award for Excellence in Program Evaluation has been awarded to four other programs since the establishment of the Office of Academic Evaluation in 2015. The most recent winner in 2019 was the Undergraduate Program in Food Science .
The Office of Academic Insight congratulates and thanks the French, German and Spanish language undergraduate programs (and international business) for their hard work.