A Message from the Provost

As you can see, time is of the essence in moving forward, particularly in light of the August deadline for responding to SACSCOC findings.  It is critical that we place someone in a senior position in order to head these initiatives and ensure that we meet SACSCOC standards related to assessment.  Accordingly, I am establishing a position in assessment in the Office of the Provost, Assistant Vice President for Academic Affairs with responsibility for Institutional Assessment.  This position will report directly to the Associate Vice President for Undergraduate Education, Tina Butcher, who is CSU’s SACSCOC liaison.  In order to resource this position this fiscal year, I am eliminating the position of Assistant Director of Institutional Research and Effectiveness and an unfilled clerical position in the Office of the Provost

I have asked Dr. Kimberly McElveen who has served ably as Assistant Vice President for Student Affairs to transfer to the Office of the Provost in this role, and am pleased to report that she has agreed to this transfer.  Her transfer to this new role is effective this week.  Dr. McElveen’s work in the area of assessment during the creation of our recent self-study report was outstanding.  At the same time, Jill Massas who has served as Assistant Director for Institutional Research and Effectiveness will transfer to UITS in an open position as Educational Technology Specialist and Training Facilitator.  I know Jill will do a terrific job in this new role that will support technology related to the move of the College of Education and Health Professions to the RiverPark Campus.  A search for the position of Assistant Vice President for Student Affairs will begin as soon as possible.  I would be remiss if I did not thank Vice President for Student Affairs Gina Sheeks and Vice President for Information Technology and CIO Abraham George for working with me in effecting these transfers.

I know you will work closely with Dr. McElveen and Tina as they work to develop an assessment protocol that will comply with SACSCOC standards.  I am confident that we will meet this challenge successfully as we have so many others.

Tom Hackett, Professor
Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs