Assessment and Academic Program Review
Overview of Assessment
Assessment offers a systematic mechanism for organizations and their units to engage in reflective self-study, examine progress toward articulated goals, anticipate challenges, and demonstrate continuous improvement.
The purpose of assessment is to ensure alignment of unit goals with the university's Strategic Map priorities through an annual process which includes reviewing the unit mission statement, setting goals, and analyzing results to improve unit processes.
The concepts of assessment are central to Stetson's commitment to continuous improvement and to the accreditation process. The Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges accreditation criteria encourage institutions to integrate assessment plans which align with the institutional mission, employ a variety of assessment methods, and provide evidence of data-driven improvement at the unit level as a result of the assessments.
Stetson's assessment process comprises two parts: the assessment plan and the assessment report. The plan requires units to indicate intended goals, targets, and assessment methods for the next year. The report, which is submitted after goals have been assessed, requires units to indicate the extent to which declared goals were met and to discuss changes made as a result of the findings.
Institutional Research and Effectiveness facilitates the collection of annual university-wide assessment data through the materials provided below.
Assessment Materials for Instructional Units
Instructional units are those whose primary responsibility is student instruction.
Instructional Assessment Reports and Assessment Plans are due to IR by June 15, 2021.
- Guides and Calendar
- Program Level Assessment Overview
- Assessment Guide for Instructional Units
- Assessment Calendar (instructional units)
- Progress Reports
- 2020 Assessment of Instructional Units Annual Report (summary of yearly submission results)
Assessment Materials for Non-Instructional Units
Non-instructional units include all areas whose primary responsibility is outside of student instruction.
Non-instructional Assessment Reports and Assessment Plans are due to IR by July 15, 2021.
- Guide and Calendar
- Progress Reports
- 2020 Assessment of Non-Instructional Units Annual Report (summary of yearly submission results)
- Assessment Report & Plan Evaluation Rubric
- SACSCOC Resource Manual
- Stetson Strategic Plan
- Types and Levels of Educational Objectives (from UCF's Office of Operational Excellence and Assessment Support)
- Learning Outcome VALUE Rubrics (from AAC&U)
Academic Program Review
Academic Program Review at Stetson University is a dynamic, collaborative process designed to create healthy academic programs that are mission-driven, dedicated to continuous self-assessment, analysis, and engaged in strategic planning. Program review at Stetson places emphasis on (1) student learning and achievement; (2) teacher-scholar engagement and excellence; and (3) plans, efforts, and resources directed toward continuous development of the program's quality and reputation. These emphases ensure that the reviews relate to the attainment of the University mission and that warranted recommendations for improvement are thoroughly considered and implemented.
Academic Program Review Resources
- Academic Program Review Guidelines (revised 2019)