Assistant Vice Provost for Academic Assessment



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Job description

CU Boulder encourages applications for the Assistant Vice Provost (AVP) of Academic Assessment position! This role reports to the Senior Vice Provost for Academic Planning and Assessment within the Office of Academic Affairs and is responsible for leading learning assessment activities for the University of Colorado Boulder in accordance with standard processes and accreditation requirements. The AVP joins, cultivates, and leads a growing and innovative “culture of assessment” at CU Boulder, in which faculty and academic leadership are provided the tools for making decisions about instructing and learning, student success, and effective academic programs with the aid of important assessment findings.

The AVP provides vision and guidance for the assessment of student learning outcomes/objectives (SLOs), including both the common curriculum and institutional learning objectives, and advises the Senior Vice Provost on the state of learning assessment at the university and possible areas of development and improvement. The AVP develops and leads a comprehensive institutional learning assessment program to support the university’s mission and critical initiatives, including providing assessment support to nine schools and colleges. The AVP collaborates with other university units and programs that provide support and consultation to faculty and to academic departments/units for the assessment of student learning, program learning outcomes/objectives (PLOs), and student success, including the Office of Data Analytics (ODA), the Center for Teaching and Learning (CTL), the Division of Student Affairs (SA), the Office of Undergraduate Education (OUE), and assessment specialists within the schools and colleges; works collaboratively with the ODA to support assessment training/resources for academic departments/units and to maintain relevant, accessible data organization and tracking; and works optimally with the Assistant Vice Provost for Academic Planning and the Program Director for Academic Review and Strategic Initiatives in the academic program review process. As part of the Academic Affairs team, the AVP advises Academic Affairs leadership and their teams, as appropriate, to assess academic programs and initiatives within their purview and to identify areas of possible improvement. Of paramount importance, the AVP ensures the institution can demonstrate effectively that it takes ownership for the quality of its educational programs and learning environments and supports a process of continuous improvement as defined by the university’s accrediting body, the Higher Learning Commission (HLC).

The University of Colorado Boulder is committed to building a culturally diverse community of faculty, staff, and students dedicated to contributing to an inclusive campus environment. We are an Equal Opportunity employer, including veterans and individuals with disabilities.

Who We Are

Academic Planning and Assessment is a unit within the Office of the Provost in the Division of Academic Affairs that leads strategy, planning, and evaluation of academic programs and curricula across campus, including (1) working with departments and with the University of Colorado Board of Regents to coordinate the planning, proposal, and implementation of new undergraduate and graduate degree programs; (2) leading the review of existing degree programs and departments, including academic prioritization and the provost’s Academic Review and Planning Advisory Committee (ARPAC); and (3) leading the campus accreditation process. The unit is lead by the Senior Vice Provost for Academic Planning and Assessment who also coordinates academic policy and serves as the provost’s liaison to campus faculty governance, including the Boulder Faculty Assembly.

What Your Key Responsibilities Will Be

Institution-Level Learning Assessment, Program Review, & Accreditation Support

  • Design, lead and implement (plan, organize, and coordinate) strategic institutional-level assessment of student learning results that is sustainable, strategic, socially just, and useful for institutional learning objectives, including for the common curriculum/general education curricula.
  • Collaborate/participate in academic program review process, assisting in the review of assessment plans, providing formative feedback for academic departments/units, and helping find opportunities to enact significant educational change.
  • Provide strategic advice and consultation to academic leadership, implementation, and evaluation of improvements and enhancements to existing educational operations, systems, and procedures.
  • Conduct qualitative/quantitative research, including supervision of data collection efforts and analysis to report on impact of student learning outcomes and curricular effectiveness to support leadership in data informed decision-making.
  • Lead coordination of assessment and institutional effectiveness activities needed for compliance purposes and for HLC accreditation, in partnership with ODA/others.
  • Recommend and participate in development of university policies and procedures, with possible service on planning and policy-making committees.
  • Summarize findings, write executive reports, and present assessment results for both internal and external constituents.
  • Partner with ODA and others to recommend a data analysis/reporting strategy and structure that improves opportunities to generate useful data.
  • Oversee collection, analysis/evaluation of annual program academic assessment plans and reports as appropriate.
  • Partner with academic departments/units with specialized college/school-level or program-level accreditation requirements as needed.

Management & Supervision

  • Own the development of operating goals, policies, and procedures for the Office of Academic Assessment, as appropriate; recommend, implement and administer methods and procedures to enhance operational effectiveness and efficiency.
  • Supervise a data analyst position that supports this position’s duties and responsibilities.

Lead Learning Assessment Across Campus

  • Advise the ODA in the ongoing development/implementation of comprehensive outcomes assessment programs for all academic and non-academic units that support the teaching-related goals of the university’s strategic plan.
  • Support ODA in planning, collection and analysis of various assessment data to support departmental, accreditation and program reviews, including the dissemination of results and assisting others with understanding and appropriately using them.
  • Deliver and provide data-based recommendations to campus assessment leaders through the use of applied science, analytics, and visualization.
  • Serve as a resource in the development and implementation of PLO assessment plans in collaboration with specialists in ODA and CTL.
  • Oversee assessment training/resources for faculty/staff with ODA/CTL.
  • Provide appropriate data to support assessment processes, prepare reports summarizing those data, and maintain content on the institutional assessment web pages.
  • Provide leadership to the SA to help ensure their assessment of student co-curricular learning reflects standard methodologies and aligns with both common curriculum/institutional learning outcomes.
  • Partner with the OUE and the Graduate School to provide assessment guidance and expertise for programs/initiatives.

What You Should Know

  • All University of Colorado Boulder employees are required to follow the campus COVID-19 vaccine requirement . New employees must provide proof of vaccination or receive a medical or religious exemption within 30 days of employment.
  • A hybrid work schedule is offered.

What We Can Offer

  • The salary range for this position is $130,000 – $150,000.
  • Relocation assistance and/or an onboarding incentive may be available based on department guidelines.


The University of Colorado offers excellent benefits , including medical, dental, retirement, paid time off, tuition benefit and ECO Pass. The University of Colorado Boulder is one of the largest employers in Boulder County and offers an inspiring higher education environment. Learn more about the University of Colorado Boulder .

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What We Require

  • Master’s degree from an accredited institution of higher education.
  • Six years’ directly relevant professional experience designing learning assessment plans, completing assessments, and synthesizing results.

What You Will Need

  • Knowledge of state and federal higher education accountability regulations and of national initiatives and trends in higher education assessment.
  • Proven ability to optimally apply independent judgment and professional discretion to prioritize and/or align competing demands, solve issues, and move projects/processes forward.
  • Demonstrated ability to establish relationships across an institution of higher education to work successfully and collaboratively toward common goals with a diverse faculty and staff.
  • Demonstrated knowledge of tactics to mitigate unintended bias in assessment practices.
  • Demonstrated knowledge of formative and summative assessment principles, direct and indirect assessment measures, contemporary pedagogy, and both qualitative and quantitative research methods including the statistical analysis of assessment data.
  • Ability to communicate effectively orally and in writing including tailoring presentations and data-rich reports to be easily understood and used by a variety of partners.
  • Working knowledge of Microsoft Office tools and Qualtrics.
  • Familiarity with use of an assessment management system.

What We Would Like You to Have

  • Ph.D., Ed.D., or other terminal degree in a field closely related to educational assessment.
  • Progressively responsible experience in learning assessment at a large public institution of higher education.
  • Experience working with accrediting agencies regarding expectations for the assessment of student learning.

How to apply

To apply, please submit the following materials:

  1. A current resume.
  2. A cover letter that specifically tells us how your background and experience align with the requirements, qualifications, and responsibilities of the position.

We may request references at a later time.

Please apply by March 13, 2023, for consideration.

Note: Application materials will not be accepted via email. For consideration, please apply through CU Boulder Jobs .

Posting Contact Information

Posting Contact Name: Boulder Campus Human Resources

Posting Contact Email: [email protected]

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