Institutional Assessment

Battle Hall

Contact: Jeff Freels, Ph.D., Director of Institutional Assessment

Mailing Address:
The University of Texas at Austin
1616 Guadalupe Street, Rm 6.422
Stop D7600
Austin, Texas 78701



Assessing our Programs and Units

Assessment, also known as institutional effectiveness, helps faculty and staff achieve excellence, efficiency, and effectiveness in their programs. Institutional effectiveness is an evidence-based decision-making process of continuous improvement to help The University of Texas at Austin investigate itself and excel. Its primary purpose is to inform, catalyze, and support programmatic, operational, curricular, and pedagogical innovation.

Assessment and evaluation processes are integral to strategic planning and curriculum development. They highlight the institution’s accomplishments and growth. Most importantly, they guide inquiry to recognize and advance quality, efficacy, value, and good practices.

Institutional effectiveness encompasses assessing: 1) student learning outcomes in graduate and undergraduate programs, 2) program success and teaching efficacy across degrees and certificates, 3) the impact of student support and administrative services, and 4) how well the institution is fulfilling its mission.

Institutional assessment ensures UT Austin maintains its accreditation status with the university's regional accreditor, the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges (SACSCOC). Assessment serves to meet SACSCOC core requirement 2.5 and comprehensive standard 3.3.1 (Institutional Effectiveness), federal requirement 4.1 (Student Achievement), and comprehensive standard 3.5.1 (General Education Competencies).

Continuous Improvement Framework and Templates

The new assessment framework focuses on use, utility and meaningful assessment practices that are sustainable over time.

Assessment Principles and Guidelines

Developed in 2015, the principles outline the university’s assessment philosophy and the guidelines direct the university's assessment practice.

Assessment Stories and Highlights

Success stories, accomplishments, challenges faced and overcome, and lessons learned—heard directly from our campus partners and colleagues—to help UT Austin improve and enhance its assessment practice.

Assessment Committees

Institution-wide and college, school, and division-level assessment committees/groups/structures that support and advance assessment on the UT Austin campus.