Institutional Effectiveness:  Academic and Non-Academic Assessment

The University is focused on institutional effectiveness and renewal through a commitment to assessment built around the fulfillment of the vision and mission of the Institution.

The Office of Assessment and Accreditation facilitates and supports campus-wide processes for determining and documenting the effectiveness of programs, services, and the institution as a whole in order to foster sustainable continuous quality improvement. The office works closely with administrators, staff, faculty, students, and the community to support quality student learning and to foster continuous quality improvement. Institutional Effectiveness includes Program Review, Student Learning Outcomes, Nonacademic Assessment, and Accreditation. Additional information related to institutional and programmatic accreditation can be found on the Accreditation page.

Academic Assessment

Assessment plans and results are submitted through TracDat annually (due May 31st). The plans and reports are reviewed by the Assessment Committee using a standardized rubric. Departments are given feedback and are able to request resources directly related to achievement of Student Learning Outcomes (SLO) to ensure student success.

University-Wide Learning Outcomes

SRU's Student Learning Outcomes (UWO) were revised by a committee of faculty, staff, and administrators in the spring of 2017 and approved by the University Curriculum Committee in May of 2017. The outcomes are:  Effective Communication, Critical Thinking, Scientific Literacy, Quantitative Reasoning, Whole Person Development, Creative and Aesthetic Appreciation, Civic Engagement, Ethics, Diversity and Global Interdependence, and Digital Citizenship. The outcomes are described in detail in the accordion below.

Liberal Studies

The Slippery Rock University Liberal Studies Program fosters an understanding of the interconnectedness among various disciplines, multiple cultures and diverse communities of students. As a result, students who have successfully completed the Liberal Studies Program will have developed those intellectual insights, abilities and skills that will enable them to function as informed, engaged and reflective global citizens, who are prepared to interact ethically and responsibly in a complex world. SRU's Liberal Studies Program consists of 45-46 credits of coursework in addition to the students' major coursework. The program is divided into Basic Requirement, Goal, and Enrichment Courses. More information on Liberal Studies Student Learning Outcomes are located in the accordion below.

Currently the Liberal Studies Program at Slippery Rock University is undergoing a 5th Year Program Review and a Program Revision. The 5th Year Program Review is begin chaired by the Liberal Studies Committee Co-Chairs.

The Liberal Studies Revision Committee is comprised of faculty, staff, and administrators who welcome the feedback of the campus community. Coming soon - the committee will provide an electronic link for feedback, post a meeting schedule, and announce open-session meetings to discuss the progress of the committee, to facilitate discussion, and request feedback from all institutional constituents. This committee is being led by SRU's APSCUF President.

Non-Academic Assessment

Assessment plans and results are submitted through TracDat annually (due August 15th).  The plans and reports are reviewed and feedback is given to departments. Additionally, departments are able to request resources directly related to goals and objectives to support the mission of the department, college, division, and institution.

Program Review

The State System Board of Governors Program Review Policy 1986-04-A lists three purposes for the need for system universities to undertake a program review process:

  • To assure deliberate and continuous attention to enhancement of the quality and to assure mission centrality of academic- and student-support programs with State System Universities. 
  • To analyze and employ quantitative and qualitative data, including student-learning outcomes, on individual programs that will contribute to both university and State System planning.
  • To provide the chancellor and Board of Governors, as well as the council of trustees of each university, with assurance that University programs are being assessed in a systematic fashion and that plans for making continuous improvements are developed and implemented.

Slippery Rock University of Pennsylvania program review Policies and Procedures are integral to the planning processes of the university, an essential element in determining the centrality of programs to the mission and goals of the university, and represent one way the university continually improves its programs. Academic, Student Affairs, and Nonacademic departments participate in 5-year program review as a method for demonstrating current strengths and opportunities as well as strategic planning at the department level.

Institutional Effectiveness

Measures/Methods demonstrating Institutional Effectiveness include:

  • Annual Assessment of Student Learning Outcomes (SLO)
  • Voluntary System of Accountability, College Portrait - SLO ETS Proficiency Profile Testing
  • Regional & Programmatic Accreditation, Academic and Nonacademic Units
  • Annual Institutional Effectiveness Assessment, Nonacademic Units
  • Institutional Surveys Including: NSSE, SSI, and FYE Surveys
  • 5 Year Program Review for Academic and Non-Academic Units
  • Demonstrated alignment of student learning and department goals to the SRU mission and vision, accreditation standards, and the State System Strategic Plan.