Frequently Asked Questions

  • Assessment helps students know what is expected of them upon completion of a program, track their progress towards meeting learning outcomes, and identify gaps in their skills or content knowledge. Assessment helps faculty determine what students know and can do as well as identify areas for targeted instruction. Assessment also provides administrators and the entire university with valuable data for academic planning, decision-making, and continuous improvement.
  • Assessment is a continuous process. Assessment plans and final reports are submitted annually. The 2016-2017 assessment timeline provides specific due dates for program coordinators and administrators.
  • The Office of Institutional Effectiveness coordinates the assessment process, provides ongoing support through workshops and individualized sessions with faculty and staff, and regularly updates resources.
  • Although all AU/SS personnel/program faculty are responsible for assessment, the coordinator works with his/her colleagues to develop and implement the assessment process and is responsible for writing and electronically submitting the assessment plan and final report.
  • At the start of each cycle, chairs/deans and directors will inform the assessment/program coordinator of their role.
  • Prior assessment reports, planning and reporting templates, evaluation checklists, guides, and step-by-step instructions with examples can be found on Basecamp.
  • College assessment committees and administrators, supervisors (Deans and VPs), and the IE staff review assessment reports on an annual basis. Every five years, SACSCOC carefully reviews all academic, administrative, and support unit assessment reports for evidence of ongoing, data-driven continuous improvement.
  • Yes! Our Assessment Specialists are available to help you at each stage of the assessment process. Please e-mail assessment@tamiu.eduwith any questions or concerns.
  • Resources related to (xyz) are available under the “Resources” Quick Link.
  • Yes. Rubrics are commonly used to assess student work, however, they are not the only tool. The planning guide provides a number of alternative direct measures of student learning.
  • Yes. Program faculty can decide which rubric dimensions are applicable. However, it is important to make sure that the chosen competencies align with the program learning outcome and the assignment students completed.

  • Basecamp is an online project-management tool that allows programs/units to collaborate on their assessment activities. All academic programs, administrative units, and student support services currently use Basecamp to document their assessment process.
  • Initial access to Basecamp will granted through an email invitation from the IE office. Email recipients will need to click on the link to create an account using their TAMIU email address. Once an account has been created, Basecamp can be accessed by going to www.basecamp.com.
  • The Office of Institutional Effectiveness grants access to the appropriate faculty and staff assessment coordinators and administrators. IE staff oversees Basecamp, has access to all Basecamps, and ensures the confidentiality of assessment documents. If you would like another faculty or staff member to be granted access to a program/unit’s Basecamp, please send an email to assessment@tamiu.edu.
  • Basecamp provides users with a brief online tutorial. The IE Office also provides individual or group training sessions to faculty and staff. To set up a training session, please e-mail assessment@tamiu.edu with the subject header “Basecamp Training.”