Coordinator of Accreditation and Assessment (SUA 1)

Posted on2/2/2018
Job typeFull-time
Reports toDirector
Reports in officeOffice of Planning, Resource Management, and Assessment
Application due dateFebruary 16, 2018
Job start dateTBD
CitySlippery Rock
State/ProvincePennsylvania
InstitutionSlippery Rock University of Pennsylvania
Institution descriptionSlippery Rock University, founded in 1889, is a member of Pennsylvania's State System of Higher Education. The University is shaped by its normal school heritage and characterized by its commitment to intellectual development, leadership and civic responsibility. SRU provides students with a comprehensive learning experience that intentionally combines academic instruction with enhanced educational and learning opportunities that will help them succeed in their lives, professional careers and be engaged citizens.

Today, Slippery Rock University is a four-year, public, coeducational, comprehensive university offering a broad array of undergraduate and select graduate programs to more than 8,500 students. The University has earned full institutional accreditation through the Middle State Commission on Higher Learning and discipline specific accreditations.
Job dutiesThis position requires the ability to work both independently and collaboratively to achieve institutional goals.

The coordinator will play an integral role in the University’s program review, accreditation and assessment processes including the Middle States Commission on Higher Education. Duties include but are not limited to: facilitate assessment trainings for academic, support and administrative areas. In addition, the coordinator will be available for follow-up individual department training and work sessions, manage the follow-up calls, emails and other reminders to departments that have not completed assessment updates. Responsible for the revision of user guides for online data resources, assessment plan management, etc. Monitor assessment timeline to ensure assessment plan completion in the required time frame. Provide assistance and support with campus-wide assessment and testing activities. Manage online assessment software (TracDat). Complete program review responsibilities, including assisting departments under review with preparing self-studies, ensuring reports are thorough and include full program evaluations and assessments. Assists in the editing of program reviews, and assessment and accreditation reports.

Academic Accreditation
- With the agreement of the department, schedule accreditation and five-year review activities and visits.
- Assist departments with the planning and execution of meetings, retreats and other special events related to accreditation.
- Assist departments with the collection, organization, materials and evidence.
- When requested, assist departments with the editing of accreditation reports.
- Review accreditation reports against standards and offer comments orally during meetings and in writing.
- Assist the department in monitoring program review and accreditation timelines and responses to meet the deadlines.
- Middle States accreditation:
- Perform assignments relating to the identification and collection of supporting documentation and provide narratives that can be used in the report.
- Assist director with preparation and submission of the Educational Effectiveness Assessment standard.
- Schedule and administer standardized testing used to demonstrate student learning gains.
- Serve as TracDat system lead – update training materials and provide training sessions, create user accounts, perform data entry, and run reports.

Assessment
- Provide campus constituencies with an overview of the University’s assessment requirements and initiatives.
- Promote assessment and the assessment process in support of a culture of data-informed decision making related to student learning outcomes and administrative institutional effectiveness.
- Including but not limited to updating and ensuring accuracy of assessment web pages and the assessment portal materials.
- Share materials to assist departments with the development of appropriate methods/strategies and corresponding criteria.
- Support divisions and colleges to ensure innovative assessment instruments and best practices are implemented during the assessment process.
- Where appropriate, collect assessment results, organize, and disseminate results to internal and external constituencies.
- Assessment Core Committee:
- Assist the Assessment Core Committee, and its Coordinator in all phases of planning, implementation, and reporting.
- Support the Center for Teaching and Learning with relative activities.
- Reviewing and updating assessment web pages.
- Assist with the administration of the ETS testing process, Multi-Institutional Study of Leadership and other institutional surveys.
QualificationsMinimum requirements should include a bachelor’s degree, demonstrated proficiency in Excel, demonstrated professional writing skills and the completion of a successful on-campus interview. Strong analytical, communication, writing, organizational and computer skills are required.

Preferred qualifications include:
- Experience with compliance regulations
- Project management
- Experience working with program or academic assessments
- Knowledge of quantitative and qualitative methods to assess student learning or program evaluation
- Experience working with diverse populations
Salary range$40,000 - $60,000
Salary benefitsSlippery Rock University provides an environment that respects, encourages, and promotes the talents and contributions of all. Slippery Rock University values a community with a shared sense of purpose, where people demonstrate mutual respect and appreciation. Slippery Rock University values diversity that honors and includes all persons regardless of age, creed, disability, ethnic heritage, gender, gender identity, race, religion, sexual orientation, or socioeconomic status in academic and extracurricular endeavor, in the working environment, and in the daily life of the university community.

Slippery Rock University, with a student population of nearly 8,500 and some 950 employees, is a wonderful place to work no matter what your career aspirations are. The University prides itself on being inclusive, welcoming and small town friendly. The campus blends beauty and history and is expansive, with over 600 rolling acres. Slippery Rock, while convenient to major metropolitan centers such as Pittsburgh, Cleveland and Erie, offers a rural surrounding area with much to see and do. SRU employees appreciate how convenient the University is to things they value such as housing, education, medical care, shopping and recreation.

As a member university of the Pennsylvania State System of Higher Education, SRU employees are state employees of the Commonwealth. Slippery Rock University offers competitive salaries and wages, a comprehensive benefit package, and a number of retirement options.
Application procedureThose interested in applying should submit their application and supporting materials via this website.

Supporting materials include:
- Three professional references
- Official transcripts

Recommended candidate will be required to complete criminal background checks, including Act 34 (State Police) background check, Act 151 (Child Abuse) background check, and Federal Criminal (FBI) clearance prior to appointment.