Program assessment and accreditation

Annual program assessment for all degrees offered at the University of Texas is overseen by the Office of Institutional Accreditation and Program Assessment (IAPA). The College of Fine Arts must comply with institutional requirements established by the University, the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools (SACS), and the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board (THECB).

Assessment, at its core, involves faculty participation and departmental support. The language and structuring of assessment, however, can be confusing for those being asked to provide assessment data.

The COFA Associate Dean of Graduate Studies and Accreditation will provide coordination and guidance for all assessment and accreditation requirements of programs within the College of Fine Arts and centralize helpful information on the COFA website.


Departmental assessment contacts are:

Alyse DeSoto (Theatre & Dance)

Lee Chesney (Art & Art History)

Daniel Seriff (Butler School of Music)


Basic information about institutional assessment is provided on the IAPA website:


COFA faculty may find these documents useful: 

2014-2015 Annual Program Assessment Template (50 kb .xls file)

COFA Assessment Calendar, 2014-2019 (30 kb .xls file)

Guidelines - COFA institutional assessment and accreditation (86 kb pdf)