Assessment

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 university seeks to encourage and ensure institutional effectiveness and renewal through a commitment to assessing student learning, to fulfilling our overall educational mission, and to planning processes and resource allocation that will support the mission and strategic plan. To that end, the university has developed a systematic process for integrating assessment into the structural and procedural fabric of the university.

All divisions and departments of the university conduct assessment of the effectiveness with which they carry out their specific tasks and responsibilities. These assessments seek to link specific programmatic goals and objectives to the strategic plan. Departments report the results and analysis of the assessment data collected and the use the results to develop action plans to improve processes, services, and student learning. The action plans allow departments and divisional leadership to make data-informed decisions when allocating resources.

Institutional Effectiveness includes: Program Review, Assessment of Student Learning Outcomes (Programmatic and University-Wide), Non-Academic Assessment, and Programmatic Accreditation.

Additional information related to institutional and programmatic accreditation can be found on the Accreditation page.

Assessment at SRU is a continuous cycle inclusive of:

  • Assessment Planning and Development,

  • Data Collection,

  • Evaluation and Analysis,

  • Action Planning, &

  • Resource Allocation

Academic Program 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 (General Education)

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.

Following the Liberal Studies Program review, a committee of faculty, staff, and administrators was charged with revising the general education program at SRU. The Liberal Studies Revision Committee welcomes feedback from the campus community. For Fall of 2018 a pilot cohort of courses, developed for the revised general education program, will be offered. These courses represent phase 1 of the program revision and demonstrate SRU

Non-Academic Assessment

PLAN:  Assessment Planning and Development
  • Review mission and goals,
  • Alignment to institutional mission and strategic plan,
  • Determine methods and criteria

Timeline: Continuous (Emphasis on development & implementing action planning)

ACT:  Data Collection: Collect data from direct & indirect methods.
Timeline: Fall & Spring of Academic Calendar Year

EVALUATE
Evaluation & Analysis: Review and contextualize assessment data to reveal progress and opportunities.
Timeline: Late Spring Early Summer
Evaluation & Analysis IE Assessment Committee: Review of department assessment plan & reports by the committee using a rubric to provide feedback to departments
Timeline: Fall & Spring Semesters

RESPOND/REPORT
Action Planning: Using the data evaluated and analyzed to create an action plan to improve/continue/increase impact on department's success.
Timeline: Report and Action Plan due July 31

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)
  • 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.