The university’s new assessment/continuous improvement framework (adopted in fall 2015) focuses on use, utility, and meaningful and sustainable practices. The framework strengthens assessment’s role in teaching and learning and emphasizes the practice of evidence-based, collaborative decision-making.
Data that informed the Framework creation include:
- Benchmarking the structures, practice, expectations, and processes of 12 peer institution practices within and outside the SACSCOC region.
- Collecting and analyzing feedback and direct input from over 200 meetings, institutional workshops, peer review sessions, and consultations over AY2014-15.
- Conducting an extensive, campus-wide survey of assessment needs administrated in spring 2015. Survey Population: 975 faculty, staff, and administrators involved directly or indirectly with assessment. See the full results of the survey.
Key Survey Facts:
Response Rate: 41% (n=398)*.
24% Professional Staff
74% - schools and colleges*
10% - administrative units
16% - DDCE or Student Affairs
*All schools and colleges represented
- Studying good practices in the assessment and institutional effectiveness literature.
- Reflecting on UT’s assessment history, existing institutional processes, and goals.
The 2015 Continuous Improvement Framework was developed and ratified by the inaugural members of the provost-instated Institutional Effectiveness Committee (IEC).