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Assessment Office

Welcome to the Assessment Office in the Watson College of Education. This office is responsible for collecting, analyzing, and distributing data related to program assessment. We also provide support services related to Taskstream, edTPA, and the accreditation of the college.

Jaci Webb-Dempsey

Jaci Webb-Dempsey is serving as the Director of Program Assessment, Accreditation, and Development for the three professional schools (Watson College of Education, College of Heath and Human Services, and the Cameron School of Business). A former arts administrator and high school art teacher, she earned her M.Ed. in Educational Supervision from UNC Wilmington and her Ph.D. in Social Foundations of Education from UNC Chapel Hill.  Prior to returning to UNCW, Jaci served as a Research Associate at Research for Better Schools, as Director of Assessment for the Benedum Collaborative and a faculty member in the College of Human Resources and Education at West Virginia University, and as a faculty member and Associate Dean at Fairmont State University. Jaci’s areas of expertise include qualitative research, program evaluation, assessment of learning, and building and sustaining school university partnerships.  

Jessica Rivenbark

Jessica Rivenbark serves as the Data Applications Analyst for the Assessment Office. She has vast and varied experience in educational roles. Her previous positions include: Academic Coordinator at a local community college; Area Director for a tutoring company; and teaching elementary school in New Hanover County Schools. In 2007, she earned her M.Ed. in Curriculum and Instruction: Technology which ignited her passion for all things technology in education. Jessica is currently taking UNCW courses toward a Master of Science in Computer Science and Information Systems and anticipates graduating in spring 2019.

Assessment & Accreditation Committee

The WCE Assessment and Accreditation Committee promotes the belief that assessment, including candidate learning assessment and program outcomes assessment, is an integral part the WCE culture. A main purpose of the committee is to facilitate the development of assessment and accreditation processes to allow the WCE to best support candidate learning and success. The committee's responsibilities are to:

  • Guide and coordinate WCE unit and program level assessment,
  • Assist in the coordination of the accreditation process,
  • Help maintain and sustain a culture of assessment throughout the WCE through the promotion of sound candidate learning assessment and program outcomes assessment,
  • Collaborate with Program Coordinators and others on the systematic gathering and review of data to promote candidate learning assessment and program outcomes assessment.

Committee Members

  • Lisa Buchanan
  • Andrew Ryder
  • Edward Caropreso
  • Bill Sterrett
  • Angela Housand
  • Van Dempsey
  • Jeff Ertzgerger
  • Brian Brinkley
  • Cindy Wiseman
  • Eleni Pappamihiel
  • Marsha Carr
  • Kathy Fox
  • Sue Kezios
  • Allison Rankin
  • Jessica Rivenbark
  • Jaci Webb Dempsey

 Assessment Fellows

The Assessment Fellows are three faculty members with expertise in the field of assessment. There is one fellow from each of the departments in the college. The Assessment Fellows serve as a resource for assessment and accreditation initiatives in the colletge and as liasons to their respective departments. 

  • Lisa Buchanan (Early Childhood, Elementary, Middle, Literacy, & Special Education)
  • Edward Caropreso (Instructional Technology, Foundations, and Secondary Education)
  • Andrew Ryder (Educational Leadership)