Faculty Spotlight on Assessment


The Office of Planning and Assessment (OPA) considers Dr. Larry Hovey an “assessment champion” on the TTU campus. Dr. Hovey began his career as an Assistant Professor in 1970, followed by Associate Professor, then Associate Dean, and then Interim Dean of the College of Education (COE).Since 2007, Dr. Hovey has served as Coordinator of Assessment for COE. Dr. Hovey remarks that “Texas Tech has been good for me and my family".

Throughout Hovey’s history at Texas Tech, he’s been known for bringing together colleagues to discuss significant issues on campus. Hovey’s genuine interest in communicating about campus initiatives is evident right now, as the College of Education was the first to pilot DigitalMeasures and TracDat. In 2009, Hovey led the College through a successful re-affirmation of its accrediting body, the National Council for the Association of Teacher Education (NCATE). Hovey says this was “no small feat,” and he’s quick to credit other College of Education colleagues .

Hovey says that an “important part of assessment in COE has been the College’s Assessment Team.” The Assessment Team meets “twice a month and we have people who are faculty and administrators” committed to assessment. The Assessment Team considers assessment policies and practices within the College, and Hovey regularly communicates with faculty about documenting assessment activities inside TracDat.

In addition, Hovey feels passionately about the use of DigitalMeasures on campus.Hovey states that "each college should play a significant role in the configuration of DigitalMeasures to ensure that their voice is captured in DM."

OPA wishes to thank Dr. Hovey for encouraging the development of TAN – the TTU Assessment Network. Dr. Hovey wanted a group of “nitty gritty folks” to come together twice a semester to talk about assessment problems and solutions across campus.OPA is proud and thankful to work with Dr. Hovey, and we appreciate his forward-thinking! We salute you, Dr. Hovey!