Committee on the Assessment of Student Outcomes (CASO)

Current Members

  • Mikaila Arthur, Associate Professor, Sociology
  • Becky Caouette, Associate Professor, English
  • Susan Gracia, Director of Assessment, Feinstein School of Education and Human Development
  • Christopher Hourigan, Director, Institutional Research and Planning
  • Scott Kane, Dean of Students
  • MacGregor Kniseley, Professor, Elementary Education
  • Ronald Pitt, Vice President Academic Affairs
  • Maureen Reddy, Professor, English, and Coordinator of Assessment

History of CASO

For many years, assessment of student learning has been taking place at Rhode Island College. Programs that are accredited by national accrediting bodies have been meeting outcome standards required by organizations such as the Council on Social Work Education, National Association of Schools of Art and Design, National Association of Schools of Music, National Association of State Directors of Teacher Education and Certification, National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education and the Credentialing Commission on Nursing Education. They are required to demonstrate how they meet externally derived standards that include, but are not limited to, learning outcomes.

The New England Association of Schools and Colleges (NEASC) for nearly two decades has included assessment of student learning and program effectiveness among its expectations. In 1998, an Ad Hoc Assessment Team (AHAT) was convened on our campus to identify and promote an awareness of assessment processes already in place at Rhode Island College. This ad hoc committee was granted more permanent status with the convening and naming of a new structure, the Committee on Assessment of Student Outcomes (CASO).

Goals and Functions of CASO

The mission of CASO is to identify and evaluate the measures used to assess achievement of College-wide goals, which are derived from the College Mission and Vision, the College Strategic Plan, and the General Education Program. CASO oversees outcomes assessment of curricular and co-curricular outcomes. The primary means of assessment of curricular outcomes are through both General Education and program assessment. Co-curricular outcomes are assessed via the Office of Student Life as well as several other other campus offices.

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