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 & Effectiveness facilitates the collection of annual university-wide assessment data through the materials provided below. Assessment plans for the 2018-19 year are due to Institutional Research no later than August 31st, 2018.
Assessment Materials for Non-Instructional Units
Non-instructional units include all areas whose primary responsibility is outside of student instruction.
Assessment Materials for Instructional Units
Instructional units are those whose primary responsibility is student instruction.
- Assessment Guide for Instructional Units
- Assessment Report Template (2017-18)
- Assessment Plan Template (2018-19)
- Assessment Report Template (2018-19)
- Student Learning Outcomes (updated March 2018)