Asbury University is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools (SACS) regional accrediting body. We are firmly committed to the principles of continuous improvement throughout our educational endeavor. As such, se are committed to identifying expected outcomes, assessing the extent to which we achieve those outcomes, and providing evidence of improvement based on analysis of the results for the following areas: educational programs, to include student learning outcomes, administrative support services, educational support services, research within our educational mission as appropriate, and community/public service within our educational mission as appropriate.
One of the ways Asbury University gathers assessment data for administrative support services, educational support services, research within our educational mission, and community/public service within our educational mission is by means of an annual institutional Assessment Day (AD). Numerous colleges and universities also regularly conduct AD’s on their campuses. Why? Because AD’s provide an efficient and coordinated way to administer a variety of assessment instruments campus-wide. And because devoting a full day to assessment sends a clear message to all campus constituents that the campus values their feedback and takes assessment seriously. AD’s provide students adequate time to complete assessments instruments.
Asbury University’s AD is typically scheduled for a Tuesday in February. All undergraduate classes are canceled from 8am – 4:30pm. All undergraduate, graduate, and APS students are invited to participate in AD. In addition, faculty and staff are invited to complete their own surveys.
Asbury University Department of IESP uses the Qualtrics Survey Research Suite to manage online surveys. Assessments are administered online whenever logistically possible. The ETS Proficiency Profile is administered in person by paper and pencil, and SMIP interviews are conducted one-on-one after AD is over.
Assessments included in AD include the following:
- MyVoice every year: a survey that combines questions from Residence Life, Campus Ministries, Chapel, the Cornerstone Project, Center for Counseling, Athletics, Intramurals, the Luce Center, the Registrar’s Office, the Center for Academic Excellence, Learning Resources, the Business Office, and Operations.
- SSI (Student Satisfaction Inventory) every other year to all students: a measure that assesses how important various aspects of campus life are to students and how satisfied they are with them.
- ASPS (Adult Satisfaction Priority Survey) every other year every year to all graduate and APS students: a measure that assesses how important various aspects of the educational experience are to graduate and adult students and how satisfied they are with them.
- IPS (Institutional Priority Survey) every four years to trustees, administrators, faculty, and professional staff: a measure of how important trustees, administrators, faculty, and professional staff think various aspects of campus life are to students and how satisfied they think students are with those aspects.
- STI (Spiritual Transformation Inventory) every year to all freshmen and seniors; a measure of spiritual meaning and vitality, spiritual commitment, spiritual community, and quality of relationship with God.
- GEPA (General Education Proficiency Assessment) every year to freshmen and seniors: a measure of Asbury University’s general education core curriculum, developed in-house.
- ETS Proficiency Profile every year to all freshmen and seniors: nationally standardized test of reading, writing, math, and critical thinking
- SMIP (Spiritual Maturity Interview Project) all undergraduates, faculty, and staff asked to nominate unusually spiritually mature graduating seniors. Those who receive the most nominations are invited to be interviewed. The purpose of the interview is to identify those experiences, relationships, and practices that have most contributed to their spiritual growth. SMIP serves as a qualitative assessment of the Cornerstone Project.
- Focus Groups open to all undergraduate students over lunch in cafeteria. Question themes change slightly each year but have included academics, residence life, and spiritual life.
- Faculty Survey for all faculty