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Assessment and Program Review is primarily responsible for developing and implementing student and academic program assessment. Assessment and the program review are a mandate of both the North Central Association of Colleges & Schools and the Illinois Board of Higher Education. The University supports these activities in recognition of the fact that, performed properly, assessment and program review can systematically improve academic programs and student achievement.

Assessment and Program Review is overseen by the Associate Provost for Academic Programs, which oversees degree-specific accreditations, program changes, academic catalogs, student complaints, academic policies and procedures, set by the SIU Board of Trustees, the Illinois Board of Higher Education, and the Higher Learning Commission of The North Central Association of Colleges and Schools.

Associate Provost James S. Allen

James 'Jim' Allen is the Associate Provost for Academic Programs, he is also a Professor of History with a cross-appointment in Women, Gender, and Sexuality Studies. Being a specialist in nineteenth-century French social and intellectual history, Dr. Allen's research is focused on the social history of romanticism, reading, feminism, and memory. His publications include four book-length monographs and more than 40 scholarly studies and chapters in peer-reviewed publications, with the help of $1.2 million in extramural funding.

From 2010 to 2011, Dr. Allen was Director of Assessment and Program Review; from1999 to 2010, he was Director of the University Core Curriculum; and from 2006 to 2008, he was Interim Director of the University Honors Program. He normally teaches modern European cultural history, including "Art, Music, and Ideas in the Western World," a course in the Fine Arts section of the University Core Curriculum. His interest in pedagogy and the assessment of student learning dates back 25 years to his first faculty development workshop offered by Barbara Walvoord, Professor Emerita at the University of Notre Dame. It was a revelation.

Assistant Director Sharon E. Walters

Sharon Walters has a lasting commitment to SIUC, first as a student worker, gradually progressing to her current position.  Along the way, she earned her bachelor’s, master’s and doctoral degrees, all from SIUC.  Dr. Walters has served as the Assistant Director of Credit Programs for the Division of Continuing Education since 2007 with responsibility for overseeing all aspects of credit programs (online semester-based courses, Individualized Learning Program, and Off-Campus Programs). Prior to this, she was the Program Manager for the Division of Continuing Education and worked with SIUC faculty members to develop distance education courses. 

Dr. Walters has also taught online for the School of Information and Applied Technologies since 2005.  From 1999 to 2007 she taught professional development courses geared toward assessment for K-12 teachers and administrators through Connected University (CU). In conjunction with teaching for CU, she held an adjunct appointment from Plymouth State College’s Graduate Studies in Education.

Dr. Walters’s interest in the assessment of student learning dates back to 1999 when she started developing online professional development assessment-related courses for CU. Her interest was renewed in 2005, when she started reviewing online distance education at other universities for the Association for Distance Education and Independent Learning. Dr. Walters’s areas of interest are assessment, distance education, course development, and issues related to individuals with disabilities.