Assessment Peer Review

Purpose of Program

In higher education assessment, peer review is a common practice. Having a group of colleagues from across campus evaluate annual program reports can increase:

  1. Assessment literacy across colleges
  2. Understanding about HLC's assessment criteria
  3. Discussion on campus about best practices
  4. Participation in meaningful assessment practices instead of data collection
  5. Transparency in assessment processes on campus

In order to advance assessment as an institutional habit and achieve the above outcomes, this program will train ten faculty to conduct peer-reviews of annual assessment reports and give feedback to programs.


Programs may opt-in to the peer reviews or may be selected for additional feedback. The Assessment Director will continue to read and evaluate all reports, but peer reviewers will also be trained to provide feedback. This feedback will be collected and returned to the programs. As a follow-up, programs may request a consult with the peer reviewer (if available) and the assessment director for the spring.

To apply, complete the online application: Assessment Peer Review Application

Time commitment for participating members

Five-six hours of time is required for fall:

  • 1-2 hour (virtual) training session in late Fall
  • 3-4 hour review session (to be conducted on Teams)in December or January
  • Possible consultation sessions with program representatives (1-2 hours, spring semester)

Additional time commitment for Summer Intersession:

  • 1 half-day workshop for continuous improvement of academic program assessment

Recognition for Participation

Faculty who attend all peer review sessions will receive a $200 stipend during the summer intersession. In addition, departments are encouraged to recognize this service effort in RTP and merit. A letter recognizing their service will also come from OAA.