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SACS Monitoring Report. Student Learning Outcomes. Comprehensive Standard Institutional Effectiveness: Educational Programs. The university has not sufficiently documented that it: Is assessing the extent to which it achieves its program and student learning outcomes

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Sacs monitoring report

SACS Monitoring Report

Student Learning Outcomes

Comprehensive standard 3 3 1 1 institutional effectiveness educational programs
Comprehensive Standard Effectiveness: Educational Programs

  • The university has not sufficiently documented that it:

    • Is assessing the extent to which it achieves its program and student learning outcomes

    • Is making improvements in its educational programs and student learning outcomes based on the results of those assessments

Key points
Key Points

  • Highlight and interpret the results of assessment measures

  • Reveal the extent to which the outcomes have or have not been achieved

  • Document improvements in programs/student learning outcomes as a function of the results

Reviewer comments
Reviewer Comments

  • We have identified the expected outcomes, assessment measures, and achievement targets.

  • Insufficient attention to the analysis—with a focus on describing and interpreting the extent to which the outcomes were or were not achieved

  • Insufficient evidence of improvements as a direct result (even when evidence showed minimum success)

Department chairs
Department Chairs

  • Completion of WEAVE online for 2009-01 academic year—the assessment results, analysis and plans for improvement are needed

  • Please pay particular attention to the analysis of the results

  • Please pay particular attention to the plans for improvement

  • Please provide documentation of proposed changes

Sources of documentation
Sources of Documentation

  • Adding a statement to the Curriculum and Course Change System

    • Please discuss with faculty the need to document use of assessment data/assessment analysis when proposing courses or curricular changes

  • Discussion of assessment results on departmental agendas and in your minutes

  • Include in department curriculum committee meeting minutes

Federal standard 4 4 program length
Federal Standard 4.4 Program Length

  • Doctoral program length

  • Policy versus Practice regarding number of hours above the masters (12 plus 18=30) or above the post baccalaureate (42 plus 18=60)

  • Handbooks must be online; number of hours delineated in the graduate announcements (courses and dissertation)

  • Change in our policy is recommended