The unit and the Assessment Committee are committed to the ongoing evaluation of the UAS.
In fall 2010, the College of Education conducted its first Unit Assessment System evaluation. The result of that assessment was used to enhance and improve the assessment office and CED’s assessment practices. Our preparation for the NCATE visit in spring 2015, the feedback received from NCATE evaluators, and the recommendations from the assessment committee, inspired the assessment office to conduct a second round of our Unit Assessment’s evaluation in spring 2016. A total of 174 CED faculty and staff were emailed an invitation to participate in the online survey evaluation. The return rate was approximately 64% (N=112). Overall, the results of the evaluation were quite positive and encouraging.
About 80% of respondents agreed or strongly agreed that they understand the basics of how the Unit Assessment System (UAS) works and that they are clear on what is expected of them as a faculty member in regards to assessment. Also, the majority of respondents agreed or strongly agreed that the CED assessment process has become easier with time and experience and that the system we have is sustainable. Furthermore, the results showed that our assessment system is valid and reliable according to the majority of respondents. More than 70% of the respondents reported that their program’s signature assignments and other program assessments measure what they are intended to measure. A similar majority agreed or strongly agreed that their program has used survey data to make changes to the program (e.g. enhance support for students) and that their program’s assessment efforts have resulted in improved student learning/success.
The details of the UAS evaluation results (both quantitative and qualitative) were discussed by the college’s assessment committee. The assessment office was advised to work with program coordinators and departments chairs to address program-specific concerns raised by faculty during this discussion. The assessment committee has decided to hold a third round of Beyond Compliance workshops this year in which some of the needs and concerns reflected in the UAS evaluation will be addressed. Finally, the results of this survey will be used as a foundation for the development of our strategic assessment plan to begin in the 2016-17 academic year.