Office of Assessment & Institutional Effectiveness
The University of Texas at Tyler
If improvement is the goal, then assessment must be faculty and staff led, intentional, actionable, and developed around what matters for UT Tyler.
The Office of Assessment and Institutional Effectiveness serves as the campus resource to support institutional effectiveness. Services include leading assessment planning and reporting as well as guidance to conduct external reviews, professional accreditation and regional accreditation reviews. All UT Tyler department and program assessment plans are maintained in Nuventive TracDat software. Improvement efforts using the results are documented to demonstrate a continuing commitment to quality and excellence.
University-level satisfaction surveys for students, faculty and staff are coordinated through the office including the National Survey of Student Engagement (NSSE), the UT Tyler Graduation Exit Survey, employee satisfaction surveys, and faculty evaluation of administrator surveys.
Developing Student Learning Outcomes
The University of Texas at Austin Teaching and Learning Center provides guidelines and tips on creating effective student learning outcomes. Examples are provided as well as a checklist and essential outcome components. The information is helpful to those developing new learning outcomes or to those interested in strengthening
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Authentic Assessment Toolbox
John Mueller explores the process and rational for an alternative (authentic) model of assessment in his article Authentic Assessment Toolbox for Higher Ed Faculty. Mueller provides examples of students performing "real-world tasks'' that demonstrate meaningful application of essential knowledge and skills. Mueller also describes how to construct such authentic assessments to improve student learning within any academic program. The Authentic Assessment Toolbox website provides excellent examples of using student portfolios for assessment.
Developing Assessment Methods at Classroom, Unit and Universitywide Levels
Trudy Banta presents a comprehensive review on the definitions of outcomes assessment, characteristics of effective assessment and using assessment findings. The paper also provides practical guidelines for involving stakeholders in assessment. The rationale to include both direct and indirect measures in good assessment practices is discussed along with examples of each measurement type. Additionally, learning outcome action verbs that reflect higher order thinking skills using Bloom's Taxonomy provide the reader with information that may be adapted to any academic program or co-curricular program.