Section III: COC Comprehensive Standards
3.3.1 The institution identifies expected outcomes for its educational programs and its administrative and educational support services; assesses whether it achieves these outcomes; and provides evidence of improvement based on analysis of those results.
JUDGMENT OF COMPLIANCE
NARRATIVE/JUSTIFICATION FOR JUDGMENT OF COMPLIANCE
The University identifies expected outcomes for its educational programs and its administrative and educational support services; assesses whether it achieves these outcomes; and provides evidence of improvement based on analysis of those results. Although Texas A&M International University has always required assessment of its programs and an analysis of its institutional effectiveness, in the last two years the faculty and administration have been working toward establishing a culture of continuous assessment. This process has meant a restructuring of academic program and administrative/educational support assessment. The University has been successful in transforming its accountability requirements and in implementing processes and procedures that make assessment a priority for all academic programs and administrative units. However, additional effort is needed to ensure that faculty distinguish between learning processes and learning outcomes, evaluate the data they receive, and use the results for fundamental change in their academic programs. Most administrative units already had assessment instruments in place that provided information on their effectiveness. The dialogue between academic programs and administrative units has increased, largely due to increased awareness of the value of continuous assessment.
On the academic side, each program generally employs three means of assessment, both direct and indirect, as measures of its success. Each semester the program faculty meet to discuss goals for academic success, confirm or alter the means of assessing those goals, gather and assess the data, and then make appropriate recommendations for programmatic change. On the administrative side, all units use survey data to analyze the efficacy of their support functions and determine their responsiveness to the needs of students, faculty, and community members. All academic, administrative and educational support services align their goals with the Institutional Mission.
Assessment of academic programs is conducted every semester with the results being used to improve the programs in the following semester. Examples of this process include:
Each administrative and educational support unit conducts assessments on an annual basis with results used to improve services. Examples of this process include:
At the present time, the majority of academic programs and administrative/educational support units have issued reports on their activities. All academic, administrative and educational support unit assessment reports may be found on the Office of Institutional Effectiveness web page. (Assessment Reports)
Plans for Compliance
Measures to promote increased participation will include the following: