Assessment Types

In order to fully support our mission of academic excellence and spiritual vitality and strategic goals, we assess both student learning and institutional capacity.

Student Assessments

The assessment system of student performance incorporates three categories of data including student survey data, student participation data and student achievement data.   The multiple measures provide contextual understanding and eliminate bias (external and internal), in a variety of student response modes (direct and indirect). Portions of the same data sets may be used to respond to different student learning outcomes, building a strong interrelated system of analysis using targeted measures.

Types of Measures and Student Response

External

Provides comparison with national populations

Internal

Institutionally designed and meaningful to that context

Direct

Objective measures of students’ learning based upon standardization or evaluation criteria

  • ETS Proficiency Profile 
  • Collegiate Learning Assessment  
  • Thematic General Core GPAs 
  • General Education Proficiency Assessment (GEPA) 

Indirect

Measures about student learning by looking at indicators of learning other than student work output

  • College Senior Survey
  • Furnishing the Soul Inventory 
  • Chapel Survey
  • Cross-Cultural Student Data
  • Focus Group Data from Assessment Day
  • Leadership Participation Data

With this multiple-tier design, the assessment system comprises a balanced approach with three levels of measures to provide information for evaluating and improving student performance. 

Institutional Assessments

The focus of our institutional assessment process begins at the departmental level, extends downward to program levels, and moves upward to administrative tactical areas.  At all levels, the assessment process is aligned to the Strategic Goals and Targets by which the institution measures its effectiveness. Academic departments design objectives that address three specific charges of student learning (Knowledge, Skills, and Attitudes), while Support Services departments design objectives to address charges related to institutional capacity and effectiveness (Customer Service and Efficiency, as well as Student Learning and Community Impact where applicable).

Assessment Measure

Responsibility for Administration

When Administered

Analysis Responsibility

Chapel Survey

 

IE & Cornerstone Committee

Spring – Assessment Day

IE & Cornerstone Committee G General Education Committee & IE

LA

Dr. Gay Holcomb – Dir. of Inst. Research & Assessment within IE

Spring – Assessment Day—Cross section of all students

Dr. Gay Holcomb – Dir. of Inst. Research & Assessment; General Education Committee & IE

College Senior Survey (CSS)

Dr. Gay Holcomb – Dir. of Inst. Research & Assessment within IE

August – Incoming Freshman Spring – Assessment Day (seniors)

Dr. Gay Holcomb – Dir. of Inst. Research & Assessment;  General Education Committee & IE

Cross-Cultural Participation

Office of Cross-Cultural Experiences

Aggregated at end of each year

General Education Committee & IE

EPP (formerly MAPP)

Dr. Gay Holcomb – Dir. of Inst. Research & Assessment within IE

August – Incoming Freshman Spring – Assessment Day (Seniors)

Dr. Gay Holcomb – Dir. of Inst. Research & Assessment; General Education Committee & IE

Focus Group

IE & Dr. Gay Holcomb as associated with Assessment Day

Spring – Assessment Day

Dr. Gay Holcomb – Dir. of Inst. Research & Assessment; General Education Committee & IE

General Education Proficiency Assessment (GEPA)

IE & Associate Dean of the College of Arts and Sciences

August – Incoming Freshman Spring – Assessment Day (seniors)

General Education Committee & IE

Institutional Priorities Survey (IPS)

Dr. Gay Holcomb – Dir. of Inst. Research & Assessment within IE

Every four years

Dr. Gay Holcomb – Dir. of Inst. Research & Assessment & IE

Leadership Participation Data

Student Development

Aggregated at end of each year

General Education Committee & IE & Student Development

Major Field Tests

Department Chairs

Spring

Department Chairs & IE

MyVoice

IE

Spring – Assessment Day

IE & Cornerstone Committee G General Education Committee & IE; Department Chairs

PRAXIS/FCTE (KY & FL Licensure Exams)

Dean of School of Education

Ongoing

School of Education & IE

SAILS

Morgan Tracy, Director Kinlaw Library

Spring

Library & IE

Spiritual Transformation Inventory (STI)

Dr. Gay Holcomb – Dir. of Inst. Research & Assessment within IE

August – Incoming Freshman Spring – Assessment Day (seniors)

Dr. Gay Holcomb – Dir. of Inst. Research & Assessment;  General Education Committee & IE

Student Satisfaction Inventory (SSI)/ Adult Student Priorities Survey (ASPS)

Dr. Gay Holcomb – Dir. of Inst. Research & Assessment within IE

Every two years

Dr. Gay Holcomb – Dir. of Inst. Research & Assessment & IE

Thematic GPA Data for each SLO (validation purposes only)

Registrar & IE

Aggregated at end of each year

Registrar & IE & GEPA Committee

Common data sets help ensure uniformity across campus.  Data is collected online and centrally housed in our WEAVEonline database.  All data collection is intentionally designed to build a culture of evidence that informs institutional practice, policy, and effectiveness.