Assessment of Programs
The program to assess student learning is an integral part of the university’s commitment to excellent teaching and effective learning. The assessment effort is sustained by the faculty and is fully supported by the administration. Information is systematically collected and examined both to document and improve student learning. The assessment program itself is routinely updated, and the information gained from the assessment process becomes part of on-going curricular development.
The University Learning Assessment Committee supports a university-wide learning assessment structure that encourages appropriate processes for all programs with stated student learning objectives. The committee consists of a designated assessment coordinator (faculty or administrator) from each school or college; two additional faculty members duly elected by the faculty; one adjunct faculty member appointed by the Adjunct Faculty Council; the University Learning Assessment Analyst; the Vice Provost for Academic Affairs or designee; the Vice President for Student Affairs or designee, and the Director of St. Thomas Libraries or designee. The committee is chaired by the Associate Vice Provost for Accreditation, Assessment, and curriculum.
Currently, all curricula for major concentrations and the undergraduate core curriculum are routinely assessed. Thus, students are asked from time to time to participate in testing, surveys, interviews, or other methods of collecting data for assessment purposes.