Assessment Council

The University Assessment Council comprises representatives from dean's offices and select academic centers. The council has been in service since the fall of 2009.

The Assessment Council is charged to fulfill the goals of student learning outcomes assessment at VCU which include fostering, supporting and coordinating the following goals of student learning outcomes assessment at VCU:

  1. A culture of assessment that embodies continuous improvement
  2. Academic quality that is intentional and demonstrated through rigorous assessment processes and measured outcomes
  3. Academic programs using assessment findings to maintain and enhance student learning

Council members serve as liaisons between the school/college/academic center and academic affairs. Members ensure compliance, completion, and integrity of the learning outcomes assessment processes. Members are responsible for collaborating closely with academic affairs to monitor assessment planning, annual assessment reporting, and the administration of assessment plan improvement activities for programs in their unit. Council members provide advice, recommendations, and support for institutional level assessment planning and initiatives at VCU.

2021-22 Assessment Council roster

College of Engineering
Gregory Triplett, Ph.D.
Senior Associate Dean

College of Health Professions
Alena C. Hampton, Ph.D., LCP
Associate Dean for Academic Affairs and Student Success

College of Humanities and Sciences
Sally Hunnicutt, Ph.D.
Associate Dean, sciences and mathematics

Marcus Messner, Ph.D.
Associate Dean, humanities and social sciences

School of the Arts
James Wiznerowicz, Ph.D.
Interim Senior Associate Dean

School of Business
Carolyn Norman, Ph.D.
Chair for Department of Accounting

School of Dentistry
Ellen Byrne, D.D.S., Ph.D.
Senior Associate Dean and Professor

School of Education
Angela P Wetzel, Ph.D.
Director of Assessment

Honors College
Jacqueline Smith-Mason, Ph.D.
Senior Associate Dean

L. Douglas Wilder School of Government and Public Affairs
Jill Gordon, Ph.D.
Associate Dean, Academic and Faculty Affairs

School of Medicine
Mike Grotewiel, Ph.D.
Associate Dean for Graduate Education

School of Nursing
Suzanne Ameringer, Ph.D.
Associate Dean, Academic Affairs

School of Pharmacy
Cynthia Kirkwood, Ph.D.
Executive Associate Dean for Academic Affairs

School of Social Work
Rebecca Gomez, Ph.D., LCSW
Associate Dean for Academic and Student Affairs

VCU Life Sciences
Stephen Fong, Ph.D.
Professor, Chemical and Life Science Engineering

University College
Virginia Totaro
Director of Assessment, Assistant Professor

Ex Officio

Office of the Provost
Deborah Noble-Triplett, Ph.D.
Senior Vice Provost for Academic Affairs

Assessment Council minutes

Minutes from previous Assessment Council meetings can be found on our archived minutes webpage.