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Office of Assessment, Accreditation, and Data Operations

Welcome to the Office of Assessment, Accreditation, and Data Operations 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 Specialist for the Assessment Office. She has experience in the private and public educational sectors and has been in higher education for the last 10 years. Earning her Master of Education in Curriculum and Instruction: Technology ignited her passion for all things technology in education. Recently, she completed the Master of Science in Computer Science and Information Systems program at UNCW. Jessica is currently taking UNCW courses toward a doctorate in Educational Leadership with a concentration in Higher Education.

Amy Carroll

Amy Carroll is currently serving as the Data Management Specialist for the Assessment Office.  She joined UNCW in October 2019 after earning her AAS in Healthcare Business Informatics.  Amy has always been intrigued by technology and data and has plans to continue her education with the goal of earning her Master's in Informatics and Analytics.  Prior to joining UNCW, Amy started and ran a small business and has been an accomplished entrepreneur since 2012. 

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 Ertzberger
  • 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 college 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)