University Assessment Council


The University Assessment Council (UAC) shall be composed of two elected at large faculty members, one faculty member for each college or school with academic departments appointed by the Chairperson of the University Senate in consultation with the President and the Provost of the University, a representative of the Honor’s College, a representative of the Office of Graduate Studies, a representative from the library, one full-time undergraduate student appointed by the President of the Student Government Association, one full-time graduate student appointed by the Dean of Graduate Studies, the Chair of the Subcommittee on Student Learning Assessment, the Chair of the Student Affairs Assessment Committee, Chair of the Subcommittee on Institutional Effectiveness; a representative from the Council of Chairs, a representative from the Council of Deans, a representative from the Division of Strategic Partnerships and Applied Research, a representative from the Division of Administration and Finance, a representative of the Division of Marketing and Communications, a representative from the Division of University Advancement, a representative from the Department of Athletics, a representative from the Resource Planning and Advisory Committee, the individual appointed in the Office of the Provost serving as the Middle States Liaison Officer, and the Director of Academic Assessment.

Overview and Responsibilities

The purpose of the University Assessment Council shall be to provide guidance, structure, and support for the assessment of student learning and institutional effectiveness throughout the institution. Assessment is the ongoing process of establishing clear, measurable expected outcomes; systematically gathering, analyzing, and interpreting evidence to determine how well perform­ance matches those expectations; and using the resulting information to understand and improve student learning as well as measure the effectiveness of Towson University in meeting student learning and institutional outcomes. Student learning includes the knowledge, skills, attitudes, and personal development attained through curricular, co-curricular, and out-of-class learning experiences.

  1. To serve as a consultant and advisory body to the University community on matters pertaining to the University assessment program, working closely with the Office of Assessment.
  2. To make recommendations to the University community regarding the implementation of the University assessment program, including participating in/providing feedback on Middle States Accreditation activities as needed.
  3. To make recommendations to the University Senate regarding policies pertaining to the University assessment program.
  4. To conduct studies pertaining to assessment as initiated by the Council or requested by the University Senate or the University community and to submit recommendations resulting from these studies.
  5. To assist the University community in long-range planning for the improvement and enhancement of the University.
  6. To receive requests for access to assessment information and to decide upon the disposition of such requests.
  7. To assume responsibility for the further development of the University assessment program and for the data it generates to support the subsequent institutionalization of assessment. To provide guidance and technical support on issues related to assessment.
  8. To provide an annual report to the University Senate.
Name Department College Term Expiration
Connie Anderson Health Sciences CHP  2018
Karen Doneker, Chair Family Studies and Community Development CLA  
Aaron Ziegel Music COFAC 2021
Erin Fehskens English At-Large 2020
Susan Flaherty Finance CBE 2018
Sara Hooks Early Childhood Education COE 2020
Sandy Spitzer Mathematics At-Large 2019

Subcommittee Representatives

Name Department
Marina Cooper Chair, Subcommittee on Institutional Effectiveness (SIE)
Jana Varwig  Chair, Subcommittee on Student Affairs Assessment (SSAA) 
Susan Flaherty  Chair, Subcommittee on Student Learning Assessment (SSLA)


Name role/ Department
Elizabeth Carbone Representative, Division of University Advancement
Janet DeLany Representative, Office of Graduate Studies
Abram Fox Representative, Honors College
Claire Holmes Representative, Council of Chairs
William Huff Representative, Athletics
Louise Miller Representative, Division Marketing and Communications
Lisa Plowfield Representative, Deans
Mary Ranadive Representative, Library
Ardys Russakis Representative, Division of Strategic Partnerships and Applied Research
Ted Shusterman Representative, GSA
Tab Uhrich Director of Academic Assessment
Carol Wettersten Representative, Division of Administration and Finance


The University Assessment Council meets on the first Tuesday of each month at 2:30pm.

UAC Subcommittees 

Appointments to subcommittees are for a three-year term or less, as determined by the Chairperson of the UAC.

Institutional Effectiveness Subcommittee (SIE)

The membership shall be determined by the Vice Presidents of the University divisions including the Office of the President, Academic Affairs, Administration and Finance, Advancement, Athletics, Strategic Partnerships and Applied Research, Marketing and Communications, and Student Affairs – and shall include a representative from the SGA, a representative of TUSC, a member of the faculty elected by the AAUP, the individual serving as the Middle States Liaison Officer, and the Director of Academic Assessment. The chair is the representative of the Office of the President.

Division/Unit Representative
Academic Affairs Gary Levy
Administration & Finance Carol Wettersten
Advancement Elizabeth Carbone
Athletics Tricia Brandenburg
Inclusion & Diversity LaVern Chapman
Stratgic Partnerships and Applied Research Ardys Russakis
Marketing & Communication Natalie Dabrowski
Office of Accreditation & Compliance Services Westley Forsythe
Office of Assessment Tab Uhrich/Tanisha Peterkin
Student Affairs Jayson Schablik
Towson University Staff Council (TUSC) Kelly Ward

Student Learning Assessment Subcommittee (SSLA)

The subcommittee on Student Learning Assessment (SSLA) shall consist of two representatives (referred to as Assessment Leaders) from each college; a single representative for the Library, a single representative for Graduate Studies, and a single representative for the Honors College.  Representatives shall be selected by the respective colleges based on their assessment expertise and/or experience.  The Director of Academic Assessment and a representative of the University CORE Committee or their designee will as serve as ex-officio members of the subcommittee.

Name Role/Department
Subrata Acharya Computer & Information Sciences
Kent Barnes Geography and Environmental Planning
Carol Caronna Political Science
Susan Flaherty, Chair Finance
Mary Gergis Nursing
Amy Koch Art + Design, Art History, Art Education
Mike Krach (representing Sandy Spitzer) Mathematics
George McCool Foreign Languages
Tanisha Peterkin Office of Assessment
Doug Sanford Management
Liyan Song Educational Technology and Literacy
Rod Stump Accounting
Kathy Subasic Occupational Therapy and Occupational Science
Ronald Thomas Instructional Leadership & Professional Development
John Turner Electronic Media and Film
Tab Uhrich Office of Assessment

Subcommittee on Student Affairs Assessment (SSAA)

The subcommittee on Student Affairs Assessment (SSAA) shall be chaired by a representative appointed by the Vice President of Student Affairs and shall consist of representatives appointed in consultation with the Student Affairs Vice President’s Council.