The Office of Assessment is responsible for tracking and assisting our community with assessment activities at the program/unit, college/division, and institution levels.
We assess outcomes in our administrative units as a way to ensure institutional quality and effectiveness. Institutional effectiveness is a process of ongoing self evaluation that measures educational and operational outcomes as they relate to our university's mission. This process includes a commitment to continous improvement as it involves all programs and services as it links to decision-making at all levels.
The Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges (SACSCOC) is our institutional accreditor. The core values that guide the accreditation process include, integrity, continuous quality improvement, peer review/self regulation, accountability, student learning, and transparency.
Assessment of learning at WCU is guided by the Transparency Framework published by the National Institute For Learning Outcomes Assessment (NILOA). We aim to be transparent and share relevant information pertaining to student learning at the course, program, college, and institution-level. This framework guides our efforts to effectively communicate information related to assessment activities occurring at WCU. The links below can be used to navigate our rendition of each component within NILOA's Transparency Framework.
National Institute for Learning Outcomes Assessment. (2011). Transparency Framework. Urbana, IL: University of Illinois and Indiana University, National Institute for Learning Outcomes Assessment (NILOA). Retrieved from http://www.learningoutcomesassessment.org/TransparencyFramework.htm
Faculty and staff can log-in to the Assessment Resources site with their WCU credentials to view a summary of Continous Improvement Reporting guidelines for academic programs and administrative/student support units, resources for Programmatic Assessment of Learning, our assessment cycle, SACSCOC accrediation information, national organizations and councils, conferences, journals, and insitutional advisory committees that oversee assessment and program/unit review.