|Assessment Process Guide||apg|
|University of Central Arkansas|
The Academic Assessment Program: Preface
The Academic Assessment Program brings together a number of existing evaluations at UCA, including review of existing academic programs and assessment of student learning outcomes; it also seeks to coordinate these initiatives in the Provost's division with similar initiatives in other units on campus.
UCA's Academic Assessment Program exists to enhance the effectiveness of the university in accomplishing its educational and other purposes. The Academic Assessment Program does so by helping academic departments and other units systematically evaluate their own purposes within the context of the university, assess the extent to which they are accomplishing those purposes, and respond appropriately to any need for change. As the university's 1995 Plan for Assessing Student Learning Outcomes asserts, "The goal is continuous improvement." If successful, the Academic Assessment Program will be useful at both program/unit and university levels, will be cost-effective and able to demonstrate that cost-effectiveness, and will satisfy not only the needs of the university but also those of its accreditors, relevant state agencies, and other interested parties.
This process guide, originally developed by the Office of Academic Planning and Assessment (OAPA), is intended to help faculty and administrators in the academic departments and colleges work with the Academic Assessment Program.
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