Constitution of the
Arkansas Association for the Assessment of Collegiate Learning
Accepted April 22, 2008
Article I. Name
This organization shall be known as the Arkansas Association for the
Assessment of Collegiate Learning. Hereafter referred to as AAACL.
Article II. Purpose
The purpose of the AAACL is to:
- Promote excellence in student learning.
- Create a supportive network to provide professional development
opportunities and promote the scholarship of assessment.
- Encourage a culture of assessment among faculty, staff and professionals.
- Facilitate efforts by member institutions and policy-making bodies to
improve assessment strategies.
Article III. Membership
- Individual: Any person with responsibility or interest related to
assessment at a higher education institution or agency operating
in Arkansas may become an individual member of the AAACL.
- Institutional: Any higher education institution recognized by the
Arkansas Higher Education Coordinating Board may acquire
institutional membership in the AAACL.
- Dues: Annual dues for individual and institutional membership will
be determined by the Executive Board.
Article IV. Officers
Section I. The AAACL’s Executive Board shall consist of a president, a
president-elect, a secretary, a treasurer and five representatives.
- The president shall:
- Preside over all organizational meetings.
- Call and preside over the Executive Board.
- Appoint the five representatives to the Executive Board.
- Appoint committees as necessary.
- Be responsible for all correspondence issued from
- The president-elect shall:
- Plan the AAACL’s annual conference as head of the local planning committee.
- Serve as chief executive officer in the president’s absence.
- The secretary shall:
- Maintain the membership database.
- Record minutes for the Executive Board.
- Maintain an archive of the AAACL’s activities, including
all resolutions and official correspondence.
- Tally votes that may ensue from general business meeting
held during the AAACL’s annual conference.
- The treasurer shall:
- Oversee the collection of dues and disbursement of funds.
- Maintain records relating to the AAACL’s finances and give an
annual report to the Executive Board and the general
- The representatives shall:
- Be appointed by the president to serve one-year terms.
- Reflect the regional and institutional diversity of higher
education in Arkansas.
- The Executive Board shall:
- Determine the activities and programs of the organization.
- Propose amendments to this constitution and forward them
to the general membership.
- All members of the Executive Board must be members
of the AAACL.
Section II. Additional Appointments
- A webmaster shall be appointed by the president to maintain an
- A newsletter editor shall be appointed by the president to produce an
annual newsletter spotlighting AAACL activities. This shall be sent to
AAACL members and key individuals throughout the state including
chancellors, university presidents, Arkansas Department of Higher
Education personnel and legislators.
- Arkansas Department of Higher Education Liaison
- The Director of Academic Affairs of the Arkansas Department of
Higher Education will be invited to appoint a liaison.
- The liaison will channel communications between the two organizations.
Section III. Election of Officers.
- The president will appoint a nominating committee comprised of
three AAACL members. The president must submit to the
membership a slate of proposed officers (president-elect,
secretary, and treasurer) no later than thirty  days prior to the
annual meeting. Nominations may also be made from the floor during
the annual business meeting.
- Only registered members of AAACL attending the annual business
meeting will cast ballots for the proposed officers, those selected by a
simple majority will take office at the conclusion of the annual
- Every effort should be made to alternate the presidency between
four-year and two-year colleges and universities.
Article IV. Revising the Constitution
This constitution may be changed upon the recommendation of the Executive
Board and a majority vote of members attending the annual meeting.