Consistent with Murray State University's mission of continuous improvement, the Office of Institutional Effectiveness provides information and expertise to assist academic and nonacademic units in measuring and improving student learning and operational outcomes, supports accreditation efforts, and coordinates the review, compilation, and storage of assessment plans and reports.
Information about Program Assessment:
information about program assessment—including guidelines, forms, workshop information, and other resources—please link to our
Library Guides webpage:
Requirements for Academic Program Assessments
Our SACS-COC Vice President recently
informed us of new program assessment requirements to maintain institutional
The new requirements are listed
below. For detailed information about assessment
requirements and assessment resources, please visit our Library Guide:
In addition to assessing student mastery
of program learning outcomes, faculty must also assess student learning at a
formative level and make program improvements based on the results of these
Formative assessments of student
learning outcomes will begin in fall 2013.
Program Outcomes (not student
In addition to assessing student
attainment of student learning outcomes, academic departments must also assess
student achievement by measuring students’ ability to complete program
requirements; excel academically and professionally in their discipline; and
obtain professional licenses, employment, and/or acceptance in a program of
The Office of Institutional Effectiveness is working with university offices to develop a system to provide data about student enrollment, retention, grade distributions, graduation rates, and post-graduation placement to academic departments.
Certificate and Endorsement Programs
In addition to assessing undergraduate
and graduate degree programs, departments and divisions must also begin
assessing any academic program, listed in the academic bulletin, that confers a certificate, endorsement, rank change, or diploma. The guidelines
for assessing certificate programs are the same as those for assessing degree
Assessment of certificate programs will
begin in fall 2013.