Administrative Unit Assessment Overview

Assessment, as part of institutional effectiveness, is a process that helps administrators and staff gauge program or operations success by comparing results to expectations and continually making changes based on evidence. With its focus on continuous improvement, outcomes assessment indicates the extent to which your program achieves its goals. The purpose of outcomes assessment is to ensure that your operations, events, or activities are having the impact you intend for them to have.

The traditional method of assessing effectiveness by focusing on input doesn’t reveal the impact of your work. We need a way to share evidence about the value you provide for the university community. For administrative units, value is defined by achieving your objectives, that is, the results you expect to achieve.

How does assessment planning work? Administrators, staff, and sometimes faculty can work together to develop and implement an assessment plan (PDF) that identifies important objectives and sources of data. The plan should be reviewed frequently and revised any time new learning or operational goals are identified. Generally, programs update assessment plans early each academic year and submit results, analyses, and action plans by the following fall.
What are some benefits of outcomes assessment? - Evaluate and allocate resources efficiently based on evidence
- Continually identify ways to improve serves to students, staff, faculty, and administrators
- Provide evidence-based feedback to colleagues
- Streamline program development
- Track and demonstrate program progress and contribution to the university
- Create cohesive and meaningful strategic plans
- Identify the degree of activity overlap in programs
- Align services or operations across programs
- Determine program areas of strength and weakness

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