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Assessment

  

What is Assessment?

Assessment is the ongoing and systematic process of identifying objectives and means to measure them, gathering measurements of the objectives, using the information to make decisions about improvement and implementing improvements based on the data gathered. The most important aspect of this definition, if emphasis could be drawn to one item, is the  using of information.

Who is Involved in Assessment at TAMIU?

All undergraduate and graduate degree and certificate programs, educational services, and administrative offices at TAMIU identify expected outcomes and annually assess the extent to which outcomes are met. Assessment results are used to drive continuous improvement, ensuring the institution provides a high quality education while complying with the SACSCOC Principals of Accreditation.

The Office of Institutional Assessment, Research & Planning supports the annual assessment process and comprehensive review of our programs and offices. OIARP additionally provides ongoing workshops and individualized sessions for faculty and staff. Sessions assist in facilitation of meaningful assessment cycles to provide useful evidence in making informed decisions to better TAMIU for its stakeholders.

What does the Assessment Process Look Like?

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The Assessment Process is divided into four essential stages: planning, data collection, data analysis/reporting, and use of results for improvement. Each phase of the process includes all program faculty (undergraduate and graduate degree and certificate programs) and administrative educational support staff at TAMIU in our assessment efforts, and ensures everyone understands his/her role. The assessment process allows programs/offices to 1) identify which program learning outcomes (PLOs), performance objectives (OBJs) or student learning outcomes (SLOs) will be assessed this academic year and determine how and when those PLOs, OBJs, or SLOs will be assessed, 2) assign responsibility to faculty or staff for data collection (3) analyze the data, and 4) determine what improvements need to be made for the continued success for our students and stakeholders of TAMIU.

Student Achievement

   

Goals for Student Achievement

Texas A&M International University Mission Statement

Texas A&M International University (TAMIU), a Member of The Texas A&M University System, prepares students for leadership roles in an increasingly complex, culturally diverse state, national, and global society. TAMIU provides a learning environment built on a solid academic foundation in the arts and sciences. The University offers a range of baccalaureate and master’s programs and the Doctor of Philosophy degree in International Business Administration. In addition, the University pursues a progressive agenda for global study and understanding across all disciplines.

Through instruction, faculty and student research, and public service, TAMIU improves the quality of lives for citizens of the border region, the State of Texas, and national and international communities.

 

Texas A&M International University Strategic Goal 2: Empowered Student Success

Texas A&M International University aspires to prepare a community of critical thinkers for leadership roles by providing a strong support system.

Texas A&M International University Strategic Goal 4: Transformative International Experience

Texas A&M International University aspires to provide international experiences through global study and understanding across all disciplines.

 

Key Performance Indicators

First Year Persistence Rate
Graduation Rates
Completion Rates by Economically Disadvantaged students
Total Degrees Awarded
State Licensing Exams
Study Abroad Participation 
 

Summary Table of Student Achievement Measures and Current Status (Fall 2020)

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For More information, please read our 2020 Student Achievement Report. 

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Academic Program Assessment

 

Expectations:

Academic programs will be engaged in the assessment process by explicitly stating program learning outcomes, continuously evaluating students’ achievement of those outcomes, providing evidence that results have been used to consider programs, and demonstrating that assessment is ongoing and continuous.

Process:

All transcribed certificates offered for credit by TAMIU, undergraduate, graduate, and minor programs are expected to fully participate in the assessment process. All programs are responsible for following our Annual Assessment of Academic Programs workflow through AEFIS.

 

2020-2021 Assessment Timeline:

2020-2021 Assessment Timeline

 

Academic Program Assessment (APA) Application and Assessment Guidelines:

Quick Guide

Department Academic Liaison Feedback for Academic Plans

Rubric for Evaluating and Providing Feedback for Academic Plans

Department Academic Liaison Feedback for Academic Report

Rubric for Evaluating and Providing Feedback for Academic Report

Academic Assessment Workflow

Data Day - Using your Assessment Results for Program Improvements

Instructions:

Using AEFIS for Academic Planning ~ Program Coordinators

Using AEFIS for Academic Planning ~ Department Chairs

Using AEFIS for Academic Reporting ~ Program Coordinators

Using AEFIS for Academic Reporting ~ Department Chairs

How to Locate Past Assessment Reports on AEFIS

 

Basic Expectations for the Assessment Process:

1) Learning Outcomes – Each program and transcribed certificate must have a set of comprehensive program learning outcomes which are measurable (i.e., need to use action verbs such as those found in the Bloom’s tables) and can all be assessed within a 3-year cycle. We generally recommend narrowing down the list of outcomes to 3 to 5 high-level outcomes (e.g., analyzing, synthesizing, creating, etc.) the faculty would expect students to be able to do or know as a result of graduating from the program.

2) Measures – Each program and transcribed certificate must use direct measures of learning that are aligned with the outcomes. When done well and in the aggregate, these methods will allow programs to determine not only the extent to which students achieved the outcome, but will allow faculty to identify both strengths and areas for improvement for the program, which is a requirement of the process.

3) Data Analysis & Reporting – Data Analysis allows programs to 1) determine whether or not students met the benchmark, 2) make necessary improvements as a result of the new information, and 3) identify themes and trends in program assessment. It is recommended that degree programs incorporate the analysis of all assessment data as a routine part of departmental functioning. The data gathered for each PLO should be analyzed and evaluated either on a semester or annual basis.

4) Using Results for Improvement – The use of results for improvement may be one of the most significant aspects of the assessment phase. It involves program faculty working together in closely examining the results to improve the quality of students’ experiences and learning. It is important to learn from the assessment results to “close the loop” rather than simply maintaining the benchmark or criterion. There is no one, right way to use information for decision making; as long as you’re collecting data and using the findings to inform next steps, then you’re on the right path. Some examples changes you might think about using assessment information are teaching approaches, curriculum changes, and/or change assessment processes.

Your action plan due to assessment results, as well as, your data analysis will be the final entry into the AEFIS Data Collection in the assessment process.

Resources

All programs and transcribed certificates are encouraged to utilize any of the resources below throughout the assessment process.

Webinar Videos

Karol Batey hosts Assessment: The Musical! Episode 1: The Show Must Go On! 

IARP Hosts Data Day: Using Your Assessment Results for Program Improvement

 

Have questions, concerns, or feedback?  Send an e-mail.

Administrative and Educational Support Units Assessment

   

Overview:

The purpose of AES assessment process is to ensure that all offices progress in their mission to promote success of the whole student at TAMIU. These units provide direct support to faculty and students as related to their educational programs, indirect support for student learning, or a specific co-curricular mission that supports the college experience.It would be common to find that some of these units have expected student outcomes very similar to those of educational programs. In addition, expected outcomes might not be related to a directly measurable students learning outcome but instead related to administrative goals for the unit. It is sometimes difficult to separate assessment of outcomes of administrative goals from assessment of outcomes related to academic and student support services. It is expected that all services engage in institutional effectiveness processes. 

Process:

All administrative and educational support units are expected to fully participate in the assessment process. All units are responsible for following our Annual Assessment of Administrative and Educational Support workflow through AEFIS.

2020-2021 Assessment Timeline:

  2020-2021 AES Assessment Timeline

Administrative and Educational Support (AES) Application and Assessment Guidelines:

Quick Guide

Reviewer Feedback for AES Plans

Rubric for Evaluating and Providing Feedback for AES Plans

Reviewer Feedback for AES Report

Rubric for Evaluating and Providing Feedback for AES Report

AES Assessment Workflow

Instructions:

Using AEFIS for Assessment Planning ~ Office Coordinators

Using AEFIS for Assessment Planning ~ Office Reviewers 

Using AEFIS for Assessment Reporting ~ Office Coordinators

Using AEFIS for Assessment Reporting ~ Office Reviewers

How to Locate Past Assessment Reports on AEFIS

Administrative Support Units Institutional Effectiveness

 

Overview:

Effective institutions demonstrate a commitment to ongoing, comprehensive, and integrated research-based planning and evaluation processes that (a) focus on institutional quality and effectiveness and (b) incorporate a systematic review of institutional goals and outcomes consistent with its mission. An institutional planning and effectiveness process involves all programs, services, and constituencies; is linked to the decision-making process at all levels; and provides a sound basis for budgetary decisions and resource allocations. 

It is critical that administrative support services are provided effectively in order for the institution to obtain its strategic goals as well as operational efficiency. These offices serve the educational mission of the institution in a much more indirect way than do offices related to educational programs or academic and student services, but they are just as critical for the ability of the institution to achieve its mission.

While these units rarely have “expected learning outcomes,” “expected outcomes” for administrative units typically include outcomes such as efficiency and quality of service targets (e.g., energy usage, response times, error rates, “clean report” targets, satisfaction rates); monetary targets (e.g., fund-raising targets, research grant targets, auxiliary income targets). Many times, the goals are explicit parts of the budgeting process or components of the strategic plan.

It is expected that administrative services engage in a process to evaluate their effectiveness

Process:

All administrative support units are expected to fully participate in the institutional effectiveness process. All units are responsible for following our workflow through AEFIS located at site  https://tamiu.aefis.net

2020-2021 Assessment Timeline:

2020-2021 AS IE Timeline

Administrative Support (AS) Application and Institutional Effectiveness Guidelines:

Quick Guide

Reviewer Feedback for AS Plans 

Rubric for Evaluating and Providing Feedback for AS Plans

Reviewer Feedback for AS Report

Rubric for Evaluating and Providing Feedback for AS Report 

AS Institutional Effectiveness Workflow 

Instructions:

Using AEFIS for IE Planning ~ Office Coordinators

Using AEFIS for IE Planning ~ Office Reviewers 

Using AEFIS for IE Reporting ~ Office Coordinators (Coming Summer 2021)

Using AEFIS for IE Reporting ~ Office Reviewers (Coming Summer 2021)

Resources

All Administrative Support units are encouraged to utilize any of the resources below throughout the assessment process.

 

General Education Core

   

What is the Core Curriculum?

The Texas A&M International Core Curriculum, in compliance with the Texas Core Curriculum, is a set of common courses that are required of all undergraduate students and are considered the necessary general education for students, no matter their choice in major. The Core Curriculum ensures that students will be provided with the essential knowledge and skills to succeed in college, their careers, their communities, and in life. Through the core curriculum, students will (1) gain a foundation of knowledge of human cultures and the physical and natural world, (2) develop principles of personal and social responsibility for living in a diverse world, and (3) advance intellectual and practical skills that are essential for lifelong learning.

 

What are TAMIU's Core Curriculum Student Learning Outcomes?

CC Outcomes

 

What courses are included in the TAMIU Core Curriculum?

2020-2021 Core Curriculum Courses 

Communication Outcome Critical Thinking Outcome Empirical & Quantitative Outcome Teamwork Outcome

ASTR 1310

MATH 1332

ARTS 1303 BIOL 1370 ENGL 2322 HIST 1301 PSCI 2305 ASTR 1110 CHEM 1170 ASTR 1310

GEOL 1303

ECO 2301 MATH 1342 ARTS 1304 BIOL 1371 ENGL 2323 HIST 1302 PSCI 2306 BIOL 1106 EPSC 1170 BIOL 1306 MATH 1314
ECO 2302 MATH 2412 ASTR 1110 BIOL 2302 ENGL 2327 MUSI 1306 SPAN 2350 BIOL 1111 GEOL 1103 BIOL 1370 MATH 1316
LEDR 2301 MATH 2413 BIOL 1106 CHEM 1170 ENGL 2328 MUSI 1310 THAR 1310 BIOL 1170 PHYS 1170 BIOL 1371 MATH 1324
MATH 1314 PHYS 1370

BIOL 1111

CHEM 1370 EPSC 1170 PHIL 2306 UNIV 1102 BIOL 1171 PHYS 2125 BIOL 2302 MATH 1332
MATH 1316 PHYS 2325 BIOL 1170 ENGL 1301 EPSC 1370 PHYS 1170 UNIV 1402 PHYS 2126   CHEM 1370 MATH 1342
MATH 1324 PSCI 2301 BIOL 1171 ENGL 1302 GEOL 1103 PHYS 2125   EPSC 1370 MATH 2412
BIOL 1306 ENGL 2311 GEOL 1303 PHYS 2126   MATH 2413

 

How is the Core Curriculum Assessed?

Core Curriculum is assessed through the AEFIS system. This system tracks all of our assessment activities. The following PowerPoints can assist you in your use of this system:

Using AEFIS to Create Assignments for Core Curriculum

Using AEFIS to Convert Blackboard Assignments for Core Curriculum

Linking Assignments to Core Curriculum

How to Score Core Curriculum Using AEFIS

 

Additional Resources

Rubrics

VALUE Rubrics

 

Due Date for spring 2021: may 21, 2021

 

Writing Intensive Assessment

   

What is WIN Assessment?

In 2005, Texas A&M International University launched "Write on, TAMIU", a Quality Enhancement Plan to improve undergraduate writing and become part of a campus culture promoting and valuing writing. This campaign promised to prepare students for success in their personal and professional lives by embracing writing. Since then, TAMIU continues to hold WIN assessment as a separate area of institutional assessment linked to a graduation requirement. 

What is the Student Learning Outcome for WIN Assessment Courses?

  WIN Outcomes

 

What courses are included in TAMIU WIN Assessment?

Spring 2021 WIN Courses

 

ARTS 4333

COMM 3321

ENGL 2322

KINE 3312

PSYC 3302

BA 3301

COMM 3327

ENGL 2323

MATH 4345

PSYC 4301

BA 3310

CRIJ 3301

ENGL 2327

MATH 4390

SENG 4301

BA 4390

CRIJ 3301/SOCI 3301

ENGL 2328

NURN 3311/NURS 3311/PHLT 3311

SENG 4390

BIOL 4402

CRIJ 4321

ENGL 4301

NURN 3312/NURS 3312

SOCI 3304

BIOL 4418

CSDO 4226

ENGL 4307

NURN 4310

SOCI 4375

BIOL 4471

EDCI 3301

ENGL 4399

NURS 4310

SOCI 4380

BIOL 4472

EDEL 3374

GEOG 3352

PHIL 4380

SPAN 3305

CHEM 4499/BIOL 4472

EDRD 3320

HIST 3387

PSCI 3301/SOCI 3301

SPAN 4302

COMM 1326

ENGL 2307

HIST 3394

PSCI 4313

THAR 4313

 

COMM 3310

ENGL 2311

HIST 4310

PSCI 4351

 

How do we record WIN Assessment Results?

WIN Assessment is done through the AEFIS system. This system tracks all of our assessment activities. The following PowerPoints can assist you in your use of this system:

Using AEFIS to Create Assignments for WIN Assessment

Using AEFIS to Convert Blackboard Assignments for WIN Assessment

Linking Assignments to WIN Assessment

How to Score WIN Assessment Using AEFIS

 

Additional Resources

WIN RUBRIC

 

Due Date for for spring 2021: May 21, 2021

 

Institutional Outcomes, Objectives, and Marketable Skills

 

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Institutional Outcomes ~ Information Coming Soon! 

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Program Learning Outcomes ~ Information Coming Soon!

Marketable Skills

 

Assessment Deadlines

 
Important Due Dates for 2020-2021

Academic Program Assessment 2020-2021

 

Assessment Report Support Weeks (Program Coordinators)

08/30/2021 - 09/10/2021

Initial Draft of Assessment Report Due

09/10/2021

Support Week (Chair)

09/13/2021 - 09/17/2021

Chair Feedback and Review for Assessment Report

09/17/2021

Final Assessment Report Due

09/24/2021

 

Administrative & Educational Support (AES) and Administrative Support (AS) 2020-2021 Deadlines

 

Assessment Report Support Weeks (Office Coordinators)

09/13/2021 – 09/24/2021

Initial Draft of Assessment Report Due

09/24/2021

Support Week (Office Reviewer)

09/27/2021 – 10/01/2021

Reviewer Feedback for Assessment Report

10/1/2021

Final Assessment Report Due

10/8/2021

 

Core Curriculum and WIN Assessment

2021-2022 Deadlines

Fall 2021 Scoring Due

TBA

Spring 2022 Scoring Due

TBA