• June 18, 2019 Co-Curricular Assessment Workshop
  • Cara Rubis, Amy Lloyd, and Karla Thoennes
  • James Corbett, Amy Riddle-Swanson, and Rose Rude
  • Sara Peters and Laura Boche
  • Sean Leek
  • Melissa Wilson
  • Wes Chapin, Maureen Olle-LaJoie, and Sierra Howry

 June 18, 2019 Co-Curricular Assessment Workshop



Co-Curricular Assessment

UW-River Falls is committed to providing excellent educational experiences in all of its program, including co-curricular activities.  Co-curricular activities encompass both Student Affairs and many other academic and non-academic units on campus. 

Co-curricular refers to activities, programs, and learning experiences that complement, in some way, what students are learning in school—i.e., experiences that are connected to or mirror the academic curriculum.  Co-curricular activities are typically, but not always, defined by their separation from academic courses. For example, they are ungraded, they do not allow students to earn academic credit, they may take place outside of school or after regular school hours, and they may be operated by outside organizations.  (Source:  EdGlossary)

Each unit is expected to submit a co-curricular assessment plan that includes identified learning outcomes and methods to collect and assess data related to these outcomes.  Subsequently, each unit provides periodic updated assessment plans and assessment reports that are reviewed by the Co-Curricular Assessment Committee on a regular cycle.  The co-curricular assessment plans and reports are written following committee-defined rubrics.  Information about each part of the assessment processes can be located below.  These assessments processes are also intended to serve as evidence that UW-River Falls is in alignment with the HLC Criteria and sub-components noted below.

  • 3.E.1. "Co-curricular programs are suited to the institution's mission and contribute to the educational experience of its students."
  • 4.B.2. "The institution assesses achievement of the learning outcomes that it claims for its curricular and co-curricular programs."

Co-Curricular Assessment Process

  • Rotation Schedule:  Each unit submits its co-curricular assessment plan and report every three years.
  • Reporting Time Frame:  Reports cover the three previous fiscal years (e.g., for an assessment report due in 2022, the assessment report includes the previous three fiscal years (i.e., FY20, FY21, and FY22).  In the initial years of participation, the reporting timeframe will reflect the period from the time the co-curricular asssessment plan was written until June 30 of the reporting year.
  • Steps in the Process
    • Units compile their assessment plans following a co-curricular assessment plan rubric, and a co-curricular assessment plan template.  Units also compile their assessment reports using a co-curricular assessment report rubric.  In the first year, units submit only the co-curricular assessment plan.
    • Division heads receive the assessment plans and reports by the second Monday in September of the reporting year and review them by the fourth Monday in September.  If revisions are needed, the documents are returned to the unit, which must respond to the division head by the third Monday in October.  The division head forwards assessment plans and reports to the Co-Curricular Assessment Committee no later than the fourth Monday in October.
    • The Co-Curricular Assessment Committee reviews the assessment plans and reports and provides feedback to the unit by the end of February.

Note:  Campus jobs for students can be considered co-curricular but including them in plans and reports is optional.

Co-Curricular Assessment Plans and Reports

Unit Plan Report
Ability Services Plan Report
Athletics Plan Report
Campus Recreation Plan Report
Career Services Plan Report
Child Care Center Plan Report
Center of Diversity, Inclusion, and Belonging Plan Report
Counseling and Student Health Services Plan Report
Dining Services Plan Report
Division of Technology Services Plan Report
Honors Program Plan Report
Financial Aid Plan Report
International Education Plan Report
Library Plan Report
McNair Scholars Program Plan Report
New Student and Family Programs Plan Report
Registrar's Office Plan Report
Residence Life Plan Report
Student Conduct and Community Standards Plan Report
Student Involvement Plan Report
Student Support Services Plan Report
Tutoring Center: Agricultural Sciences Plan Report
Tutoring Center: Business/CSIS Plan Report
Turoring Center: Chemistry Plan Report
Tutoring Center: English as a Second Language Plan Report
Tutoring Center: Math Help Plan Report
Tutoring Center: Physics Plan Report
Tutoring Center: Writing Plan Report
Undergraduate Research, Scholarly, and Creative Activities Plan Report
University Center Operations Plan Report
Veteran Services Plan Report

Co-Curricular Assessment Schedule

2020-2021 2021-2022 2022-2023
Athletics Center of Diversity, Inclusion, and Belonging Ability Services
Campus Recreation Counseling and Student Health Child Care Center
Career Services Division of Technology Services Dining Services
Library Financial Aid Student Conduct and Community Standards
McNair Scholars Honors Program Tutoring Center: Agriculatural Sciences
New Student and Family Programs International Education Tutoring Center: Business/CSIS
Residence Life Registrar's Office Tutoring Center: Chemistry
Student Involvement Student Support Services Tutoring Center: English as a Second Language
  Undergraduate Research, Scholarly, and Creative Activities Tutoring Center: Physics
  University Center Operations Tutoring Center: Writing
  Veteran Services  


Co-Curricular Assessment Committee

Charge:  To ensure appropriate definitions, expectations, policies and procedures, and oversight related to co-curricular assessment are developed and implemented.  Issues that are “out of scope” include activities that are already part of academic program prioritization, academic program audit and review and/or academic assessment. 


  1. Develop and implement policies and procedures related to co-curricular assessment (e.g., expectations, learning outcomes, assessment plans, assessment reports, reporting schedules, reviews).
  2. Advise units and programs on co-curricular assessment issues (e.g., definitions).
  3. Review co-curricular assessment plans and reports.
  4. Maintain communication about co-curricular assessment with the Provost’s Office and other appropriate committees, administrative bodies, programs, and units.
  5. Support initiatives related to co-curricular activities.

Terms:  three years, staggered, for the academic staff, university staff, and faculty members, and one-year terms for the student member.

Membership (Note:  All members are voting members)

Member Name Term Confirming Body
Provost or Designee Wes Chapin (Chair) Indefinite N/A
Assistant Chancellor for Student Affairs or Designee Karla Thoennes Indefinite N/A
Director of the Library Maureen Olle-Lajoie Indefinite N/A
Academic Staff Amy Lloyd 2018-2021 Academic Staff Council
Academic Staff Kellen Wells-Mangold 2017-2020 Academic Staff Council
Academic Staff McKenna Pfeiffer 2019-2022 Academic Staff Council
Faculty Jim Graham 2018-2021 Faculty Senate
Faculty   2019-2022 Faculty Senate
University Staff   2018-2021 University Staff Senate
Student Tate Schlichting 2018-2019 Student Senate



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