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This fall, the Office of Academic Insight honored the undergraduate program faculty in the Department of World Languages, Literatures and Cultures for its selection as the 2020 Provost’s Program Assessment Excellence Awardee. The award is given annually to one program that exemplifies a positive culture of assessment by engaging in thoughtful and well-aligned assessment practices. In 2020 there were 96 programs eligible to receive this award. Because the undergraduate program faculty in the Department of World Languages, Literatures and Cultures work together to improve their students’ learning experiences, all three programs were selected for the 2020 award.

The 2020 celebration was postponed and was able to take place this fall.

The Office of Academic Assessment, now Academic Insight, began collecting assessment reports from all degree programs in 2016. The three undergraduate programs in the Department of World Languages, Literatures and Cultures have a history of implementing exceptional assessment practices and were the first programs to receive perfect scores from Auburn University peers three years ago, during the annual Meta-Assessment Institute. The undergraduate programs (French, German and Spanish) in the Department of World Languages, Literatures and Cultures worked together to implement sound assessment practices.

The faculty should be commended for emphasizing data-informed programmatic and course-level improvement, as well as, department-wide faculty development initiatives.

“I, along with my colleagues on the University Assessment Council, were especially impressed with the way the programs gather feedback from students and consider it when having conversations about student success,” said Director of Academic Insight Katie Boyd.

The Provost’s Award for Program Assessment Excellence has been awarded to four other programs since the Office of Academic Assessment was established in 2015. The most recent awardee in 2019 was the undergraduate degree program in Food Science.

The Office of Academic Insight congratulates and thanks the undergraduate degree programs in French, German and Spanish Languages (and International Trade) for their hard work.

Kerri Munoz, Carmen Rossell, Gilda Socarras, David Zuwiyya, Jordi Olivar, Julie Nelson, Traci O’Brien, Lourdes Bestanzos, Evelyne Bornier, Ezekiel Stear and Jana Gutierrez Kerns

Kerri Munoz, Carmen Rossell, Gilda Socarras, David Zuwiyya, Jordi Olivar, Julie Nelson, Traci O’Brien, Lourdes Bestanzos, Evelyne Bornier, Ezekiel Stear and Jana Gutierrez Kerns.