OAC-CAO Excellence in Assessment Award


In recognition of the vital roles co-curricular, administration, and operations units play in student learning, the Outcomes Assessment Committee for Co-Curricular Administration & Operations sponsors an annual OAC-CAO Excellence in Assessment Award.

An application for the award consists of a report on an assessment project detailing how one or more of a unit’s activities were critically evaluated for quality improvement.

Components of the report should include the following:

  • A summary of the unit’s mission, goals and objectives
  • A description of the purpose of the activities that were evaluated. What were the intended outcomes, results, or consequences of the activities?  
  • A description of how the effectiveness of those activities was measured, i.e., how well the intended outcomes were achieved
  • A summary of the expected or actual findings of the evaluation
  • A description of how the findings of the evaluation were analyzed, discussed, and used to improve the activities
  • A plan to determine whether changes made are effective

The assessment project can involve any activities related to the unit’s mission, goals, and objectives. Reporting on activities directly related to student learning is encouraged but not required. In addition to completed projects, reports on projects in the planning or data collection phases are welcome. Application reports should be submitted through the WEAVE assessment reporting system. Reports for projects related to a unit’s activities during the 2015-16 academic year must be submitted by Dec. 20th 2016 to be considered for this year’s award.

Information about WEAVE including a glossary of terminology and links for requesting an account and for user access may be found at the WEAVE portal. The OAC-CAO committee and David Smith, director of assessment, will review reports and provide feedback using the following rubric.

OAC-CAO representatives can meet with departments or individuals desiring assistance in completing the reports. For assistance, contact one of the following:

2015-16 Award

Davi Brockmeyer and Jenn Gabel receive the award from Chancellor Carruthers during the 2017 Spring Convocation.

The recipient of the 2015-2016 award was the Center for Learning and Professional Development (CLPD).  Their report and supporting documents described assessment and quality improvement processes related to the center’s Aggie Leadership Training Academy (ALTA) certification program.  This new program, designed to enhance staff leadership talents, optimize resources, and promote an environment of motivation and engaging service at NMSU, convened its first cohort in September of 2015.  Strengths demonstrated by the report include

  • Self-reflective engagement with findings of the assessment and other data pertinent to the overall success of the ALTA program.
  • A detailed, thoughtful action plan that will further increase the center’s knowledge of the success of the program and identify areas for improvement.

Supporting Documents




Samantha Rich and John Sandstrom receive the award from Chancellor Carruthers during the 2016 Spring Convocation.

2014-2015 Award

The recipient of the 2014-2015 award was the NMSU Library’s Academic Support units based on a report describing the assessment of two outcomes related to the Patron Driven Acquisitions Pilot Assessment. The report, prepared by Samantha Rich and John Sandstrom, reflects a robust assessment process not only in its planning and data collection phases, but also in the effective use of findings for the purpose of improvement

Supporting Documents