The University of California, Merced, is the newest of the University of California system’s 10 campuses and the first American research university built in the 21st century. With a little more than 7,000 undergraduate and graduate students, UC Merced offers an environment that combines a commitment to diversity, inclusion, collaboration and professional development. With bachelor’s, master’s and doctoral degree programs, strong research and academic partnerships, and community involvement, the UC Merced campus is continually evolving and requires talented, knowledgeable and dynamic educators, researchers, management and staff. Ranked among the best public universities in the nation by U.S. News and World Report, UC Merced is uniquely equipped to provide educational opportunities highly qualified students from the San Joaquin Valley and throughout California. The campus enjoys a special connection with nearby Yosemite National Park, is on the cutting edge of sustainability in construction and design, and supports the economic development of Merced and the region. In Fall 2016, UC Merced broke ground on a $1.3 billion public-private partnership that is unprecedented in higher education. The Merced 2020 Project will nearly double the physical capacity of the campus by 2020, enhancing academic distinction, student success and research excellence. UC Merced is also building the Downtown Campus Center, a $33 million, three-story administrative building in the heart of Merced.
Under the general direction of the Dean and the direction of the Associate Dean for the School of Social Sciences, Humanities and Arts (SSHA), the Student and Program Assessment Manager is responsible for monitoring and assisting all academic and administrative assessment activities of SSHA. The Student and Program Assessment Manager is expected to: support undergraduate and graduate faculty and staff in planning and implementing annual and periodic assessment of degree programs and administrative units; prepare studies/reports to meet data requirements for mandated college accrediting bodies; prepare and disseminate reports to SSHA faculty and provide data-based recommendations and solutions as requested by the Dean.
The incumbent also supports faculty in the assessment of student learning and working with the faculty to identify and expedite necessary improvements. The Student and Program Assessment Manager serves as the liaison between SSHA and campus units that support and facilitate campus assessment activities and represents SSHA on assessment-related campus committees and projects.
In meeting these responsibilities, the Student and Program Assessment Manager uses his/her skills as a seasoned, experienced professional with a full understanding of analytical practices and campus policies and procedures; researches, analyzes and develops solutions to a wide range of issues; and demonstrates good judgment in selecting methods and techniques for obtaining solutions. This position primarily deals with policies, programs and proposals (which are complex in nature and diverse in scope) and, as relevant, develops new programs, policies or procedures for possible implementation.
Work with faculty to provide ongoing analysis of student academic performance and program effectiveness for WASC/WSCUC and other academic assessment reviews. Coordinate, compile and summarize information and data collected during the assessment process, and assist in preparation of reports and information clearly and concisely for SSHA faculty.
Provide analysis of data generated from ongoing assessments of student learning at the undergraduate level. Work with faculty to identify and expedite necessary improvements on student learning within and across SSHA academic programs.
Establish and operate an infrastructure to provide information regarding SSHA academic program assessments and effectiveness to SSHA faculty, SSHA Dean's Office and other campus community members to sustain quality academic curriculum and student performances.
Serve as the liaison between the School of SSHA and the campus unit that will be involved generally in assessment issues.
Responsible for preparing data and reports for SSHA strategic planning offices.
• Bachelor's Degree and 3 years of directly related experience in higher education performing duties relevant to this position preferably in assessment or accreditation program required.
• Master's Degree is preferred. Master's Degree will be substituted for 2 years of required years of experience preferred.
• Knowledge of common organization-specific and other computer application programs.
• Analytical/problem-solving skills with attention to detail.
• Strong communication and interpersonal skills to communicate effectively with all levels of staff; both verbally and in writing.
• Strong skills in analyzing and synthesizing large amounts of data for preparing sound and relevant proposals required.
• Ability to multi-task with demanding timeframes required.
• Ability to use discretion and maintain all confidentiality required.
• Thorough knowledge of campus processes, protocols, and procedures.
• Ability to work in a dynamic, fast-paced environment required.
• Strong knowledge of assessment and accreditation required.
• Strong written and oral communication skills required.
• Strong organization and project management skills required.
• Proven knowledge in research design, quantitative and qualitative assessment strategies and instruments, and data collection methodologies and quantitative and qualitative analysis strategies required.
UC Merced is the first new American research university built in the 21st century, with a mission of research, teaching and service. The campus opened Sept. 5, 2005, in the San Joaquin Valley. The university is about an hour north of Fresno, two hours south of Sacramento, two hours southeast of San Francisco and the Silicon Valley, and 90 minutes west of Yosemite National Park.