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Associate VP Der-Karabetian to tackle assessment

Aghop Der-Karabetian, who left his position as the associate dean of the College of Arts and Sciences at the end of spring 2009, now serves as associate vice president for university assessment for academic affairs. Der-Karabetian, also a professor of psychology, earned his doctorate in psychology from the University of Kansas. He has worked at the University for over 30 years. / photo by Rafael Anguiano

Aghop Der-Karabetian, who left his position as the associate dean of the College of Arts and Sciences at the end of spring 2009, now serves as associate vice president for university assessment for academic affairs. Der-Karabetian, also a professor of psychology, earned his doctorate in psychology from the University of Kansas. He has worked at the University for over 30 years. / photo by Rafael Anguiano

Michael Escañuelas
Staff Writer

The University of La Verne will undergo new academic assessments under the leadership of Aghop Der-Karabetian.

As the former associate dean of the College of Arts and Sciences, Der-Karabetian will assume the position of associate vice president of university assessment for academic affairs.

The newly created title will place Der-Karabetian in the role of evaluating ULV’s academic departments to produce more accurate and relevant data that will be used to improve the school.

“It goes beyond class evaluation,” Der-Karabetian said. “This data, through research, will have an input into the budget process. That kind of feedback has an impact.”

The program will cover all the departments on campus including all majors, general education, and non-academic programs.

Assessments will be conducted through surveys and studies provided by both staff and students. The findings will then be measured against ULV’s mission and academic goals.

“He will be working across all the different divisions,” said Alden Reimonenq, former provost and vice president of academic affairs.

The process will include observations, interviews and set goals, which then will be collected over the school year and will be placed under review by Der-Karabetian himself along with an outside reviewer.

With nearly 30 years of working at ULV, Der-Karabetian has enough experience to take on the job.

His resume includes serving as chair of both behavioral science department and the psychology department, prior to his title of associate dean of the College of Arts and Sciences.

“Before he took the position, he was already in charge of assessing programs in his college,” said Felicia Beardsley, the interim associate dean of the College of Arts and Sciences. “He had other colleges asking him for advice about their assessments.”

While working along with the annual academic assessments for accreditation through the Western Association of Schools and Colleges, Der-Karabetian assures that his new position will help the school collect a culture of evidence that he deems necessary to gather.

The information will be used for citing what methods work and what needs improvement, he added.

Along with data, the program’s intent is to bring more accountability to the departments and their programs, Beardsley said.

Michael Escañuelas can be reached at michael.escanuelas@laverne.edu.

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