Annual assessment reports are due September 15, 2017
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The mission of the Assessment and Academic Improvement Council (AAIC) is to improve student academic achievement by:
The AAIC is comprised of representatives from each college, Division of Student Affairs, Graduate College, OSU Library, Institutional Research and Information Management, GPSGA, and SGA.
Assessment is the process of gathering, analyzing, and interpreting data on student learning and development for the purpose of evaluating educational impact and improving student learning and development.
Improve student learning and development through a nationally-recognized and fully integrated assessment and improvement process.
1. Fully engage all faculty members and units that impact student learning and development in systematic assessment and improvement of student achievement.
a. All degree programs will engage in assessment consistently, regularly, and effectively and will use results from assessment activity to improve.
b. Co-curricular units that impact student learning and development will engage in assessment consistently, regularly, and effectively and will use results from assessment activity to improve.
2. Facilitate implementation of institution-wide assessment activity including general education assessment, institutional surveys, and other institution-level assessment as deemed necessary.
3. Promote initiatives to improve student learning and development based on assessment results. Advocate for implementation of recommendations to improve student learning and development based on assessment results.
4. Provide stewardship of students’ assessment fees.
a. Ensure use of student assessment fees in accordance with guidelines set by the Oklahoma State Regents for Higher Education (OSRHE) and OSU.
b. Carefully and responsibly consider allocation of funds to achieve the most useful results for the benefit of student learning and development.
5. Collaborate with academic and co-curricular programs to establish practices that meet or exceed the assessment requirements of coordinating, governing, and accrediting bodies.
6. Support assessment as an integral part of institutional culture.
a. Inform faculty members, administrators, and other stakeholders about the assessment program and promote the use of assessment results in decision-making processes.
b. Promote the availability of resources to enhance assessment practices and improve the use of assessment results.
c. Inform students about the assessment program and how it is used to improve their learning and development.
d. Integrate assessment with Academic Program Review and other university processes.
e. Support the development of assessment expertise in future faculty members (current graduate students).
7. Increase faculty members’ involvement in assessment and engagement in the scholarship of assessment.
a. Support consultation, workshops, and professional development for faculty members in assessment of student learning and development.
b. Communicate regularly with the campus community about assessment activities and results.
c. Encourage and support faculty members’ scholarly activity in assessment.
8. Support and participate in appropriate accountability initiatives locally and nationally.
9. Communicate assessment results and the use of assessment to implement improvements with external stakeholders including the residents of Oklahoma.
10. Collaborate with feeder K-12 schools and community colleges on assessment and improvement efforts.
The structure of the Assessment and Academic Improvement Council is designed to incorporate representatives from all academic units to facilitate clear communication and cooperation on campus-wide assessment and improvement initiatives. Voting membership of the Assessment and Academic Improvement Council shall include:
The Chair of AAIC serves a two-year term, shall be elected from the regular membership of AAIC, must have a faculty appointment, and must have served at least one year on AAIC prior to being elected to the position. The Chair shall vote only to break a tie.
The primary responsibilities of the chair are to:
The Vice-Chair of AAIC is the Director of University Assessment and Testing and serves as a non-voting member.
The primary responsibilities are to:
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"OSU requires that all academic programs conduct Program Outcomes Assessment to comply with the assessment mandates of the Oklahoma State Regents for Higher Education and the Higher Learning Commission (HLC) of the North Central Association (NCA – the accrediting organization). Each academic unit is required to have an assessment plan on file with the Office of University Assessment and Testing that describes expected student learning outcomes for each degree program and the methods used to evaluate those outcomes. Academic units are also required to file brief annual reports describing their assessment activity from the previous year."
Assessment of student learning in all academic units can be a beneficial tool for facilitating dialogue about the curriculum and encouraging continuous programmatic improvement throughout a campus. Assessment refers to the systematic collection, review, and use of information about educational programs undertaken for the purpose of improving student learning and development (Palomba and Banta 1999). Assessment is not a review of faculty performance. Program Outcomes Assessment provides feedback to an academic unit on the performance of its curriculum; thereby allowing informed decisions regarding the need for changes. Assessment is, therefore, an integral part of the commitment at OSU to sustain and enhance academic quality and the student educational experience.
The Assessment Council supports the idea that academic units are best suited to determine how to assess their students’ learning outcomes and how to use assessment results for program improvement. The Assessment Council and Office of University Assessment and Testing work to facilitate program outcomes assessment by providing information, guidelines, and financial resources to conduct effective assessment and by coordinating assessment at the program and institutional level.
The Assessment Council encourages academic units to develop and implement Program Outcomes Assessment with the following concepts in mind. These characteristics form the basis for providing feedback to academic units regarding assessment methods and uses of results.
Assessment reports should be brief summaries of the assessment activities in an academic unit and are requested annually to comply with requirements of the State Regents. The reports should be shared with all faculty in the academic unit and reviewed by the dean of the appropriate college. The reports are used for continued accreditation with the North Central Association and a variety of programmatic accrediting agencies.
Mission, Goals, and Structure
Program Outcomes Assessment Funding Information