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Principles of Academic Affairs Assessment

  1. The purpose of assessment of student learning is to document and improve the quality of the University's programs.
  2. Assessment of student learning will be guided by UTSA's mission and, specifically, by student learning outcomes statements.
  3. The Student Outcomes Assessment Committee will provide oversight of the University's assessment system and processes to include determining expectations and standards for assessment quality and reporting.
  4. All academic programs will develop and implement plans for assessment of student learning based on their stated learning outcomes and document the use of assessment results to enhance student learning. An academic program is defined as a program of study over a period of time that leads to a degree (e.g. BBA-Marketing, BA - History, BS - Biology, MBA - Finance, MS - Statistics, PhD - Environmental Science and Engineering)
  5. Faculty direct the process of assessment of student learning in their own academic programs. In general, this process will include the determination of learning outcomes, selection of suitable methods for assessment of student learning, analysis, and interpretation of assessment information, and use of assessment results.
  6. Direct methods of assessing student learning are emphasized. However, the assessment method employed will depend on both the nature of the learning outcomes and the type of student learning assessment most appropriate for individual programs. Course grades are not adequate indicators of specific learning outcomes.
  7. Assessment of student learning will be done in a planned, ongoing, and systematic manner.
  8. Evaluation of assessment results will be limited to making curricular or program improvements to enhance student learning. Specifically assessment results will not be used for any faculty, staff, or student evaluation.
  9. The processes of assessment of student learning will be monitored, and reviewed on a regular cycle, and revised as required.