Our mission is to improve student learning through academic program assessment. Assessment is faculty-driven and faculty-supervised. It is a collaborative process that includes faculty, students, staff, administrators, and others. It involves establishing student learning outcomes, measuring/observing and documenting the extent to which outcomes are achieved, findings ways to improve, and implementing improvement plans.
The Assessment and Curriculum Support Center (formerly the Assessment Office)
- Supports the use of program and institutional assessment to improve the quality of student learning
- Collaborates with faculty, staff, students, and administrators to establish meaningful, manageable, and sustainable assessment
- Disseminates assessment-related information
- Assists programs with designing effective educational programs
We do the following:
- Workshops for faculty
- Consultations with faculty and tailored workshops for programs
- Events for students, faculty, administrators
- General Education assessment in collaboration with faculty members
- Research educational contexts to determine what contributes to student learning
- Disseminate good assessment practices, examples, guides (see “How-to...” and “Resources“)
Who we are
Monica Stitt-Bergh, Ph.D., is an educational psychologist, and along with Dr. Marlene Lowe, started what was then called the Assessment Office in 2008. Her specialization is in teaching and assessing written communication. In her current position, she is an internal consultant for and offers workshops on learning assessment, and she plans and conducts institutional assessment projects. She has spent the last ten years working to create a positive view of assessment and increase use of assessment findings. Previously, she assisted with the University of Hawai‘i at Mānoa’s writing-across-the-curriculum program and implementation of a new general education program. Her classroom experience includes teaching courses on writing as well as social science research methods. Dr. Stitt-Bergh has published and given conference presentations on learning outcomes assessment in higher education, writing program evaluation, self-assessment, and writing-across-the-curriculum. She serves on the editorial boards of the Research & Practice in Assessment and the Journal of Assessment in Higher Education. She is also a former president of the Association for the Assessment of Learning in Higher Education and the Hawai‘i-Pacific Evaluation Association. She holds a BA in English (University of Michigan), an MA in Composition and Rhetoric and a PhD in Educational Psychology (University of Hawai‘i at Mānoa).
Yao Z. Hill, Ph.D., is a faculty specialist in the Assessment and Curriculum Support Center at the University of Hawai’i at Mānoa. She assists with program learning outcomes assessment projects and coordinates institutional learning assessment activities. She specializes in faculty professional development in learning assessment. She has over 10 years of experience in program evaluation, educational measurement, and learning assessment. She initiated the assessment-leadership building model at University of Hawai‘i at Mānoa, which external reviewers stated is one of the nation’s best. She has offered over 115 workshops and 170 consultations on the topic of assessment, evaluation, and curriculum development. She is currently the President of Hawaiʻi-Pacific Evaluation Association and a member of the Association for the Assessment of Learning in Higher Education (AALHE) Recruitment and Retention Committee.
Naomi Rose Caywood is a Ph.D. student in the Educational Foundations Department. Her research interests include the evaluation policies and practices of international organizations implementing education programming in low income and indigenous communities, culturally responsive evaluation, and global education policy. She joined the Center as a Research Assistant in 2022. She assists Dr. Stitt-Bergh and Dr. Hill with assessment reports, workshop facilitation, and clerical tasks.
Kaiya Laguardia-Yonamine is a B.A. student majoring in Journalism, with a minor focus in Sociology. She joined the Center in 2021 as a student assistant. She provides support for the Center’s assessment projects, workshops and events, and communications.