Assessment Pro Joins Academic Leadership Team

TAMPA, Fla. (March 9, 2009) – The University of South Florida is pleased to announce the appointment of Stephen RiCharde as assistant vice president for institutional effectiveness, effective May 4. 


RiCharde’s 29 years of higher education instruction and administrative experience are uniquely focused on student learning assessment strategies and institutional effectiveness.  Assessment in higher education is a method of measuring student learning outcomes to identify areas in the curriculum and student learning environment that can be enhanced.


 “It is my hope to assist all departments at USF in weaving assessment into the fabric of the curriculum and the daily activities of university life,” said RiCharde.  “As an eighth-generation Floridian, I am excited to return to my home state to help one of her most dynamic and forward-looking institutions realize the vision shaped by the current administration.  I can’t wait to become a Bull.”


In his 22 years at the Virginia Military Institute, RiCharde was a tenured professor of psychology as well as director of institutional research and assessment.  He most recently served as director of assessment and evaluation at Virginia Commonwealth University (2007-2009).  RiCharde also held director of assessment positions at Florida Atlantic University (2006-2007) and the University of Richmond (2004-2006).


“Dr. RiCharde clearly demonstrated through his career accomplishments and during the interview process that he is a leader in the field of learning outcomes assessment and institutional effectiveness,” said Tapas Das, associate provost for policy analysis, planning and performance at USF.  “We are looking forward to his efforts to institute a culture change at USF that values how student learning outcomes assessment is conducted and how those results are used to improve learning and campus experiences for our students.”


RiCharde holds a bachelor’s degree in history from the University of Central Florida, a master’s degree in European history from the University of Florida, and a doctorate in behavioral sciences from UF.  He is the author and co-author of numerous articles and research studies focusing primarily on assessment in higher education.


The University of South Florida is one of the nation's top 63 public research universities and one of 39 community-engaged, four-year public universities as designated by the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching. USF was awarded more than $360 million in research contracts and grants in FY 2007/2008. The university offers 219 degree programs at the undergraduate, graduate, specialist and doctoral levels, including the doctor of medicine. The university has a $1.8 billion annual budget, an annual economic impact of $3.2 billion, and serves more than 46,000 students on institutions/campuses in Tampa, St. Petersburg, Sarasota-Manatee and Lakeland. USF is a member of the Big East Athletic Conference.


Story written by Jacqui Cash, Academic Affairs