3.4.1 Academic Program Evaluation

A. Purpose

The purpose of the policy is to establish procedures for student learning assessment and evaluation of academic programs.  Quality academic programs result from an ongoing, collaborative, and systematic review process by faculty.  Periodic external reviews by qualified reviewers with expertise in the field of study and who possess knowledge of generally recognized best practices in higher education, augment the internal practices.  The results of annual assessments and regularly scheduled external reviews are used by the programs as part of a commitment to continuous quality improvement that emphasize student success.

B. Persons Affected

All faculty and academic administrators.

C. Definitions

Not applicable.

D. Policy and Procedures

Student Learning Assessment

Each academic program shall develop and maintain an annual assessment plan to document how well and to what extent students attain the program goals and learning outcomes. Each academic program will identify a program mission that demonstrates alignment with the UT Tyler Mission, appropriate program level student learning outcomes and an assessment plan use to document how results are integrated into curriculum and other programmatic decisions. 

The student learning outcomes should reflect higher order cognitive skills as applicable to discipline-specific knowledge and skills, and/or values that students are expected to achieve.  Each student learning outcome should be aspirational but attainable, observable, and measurable.  Each course in the program curriculum should relate to the student learning outcomes.  Assessment results should be analyzed collaboratively by the faculty to for future curricular or programmatic changes or to the revision of outcomes or assessment methods. 

The Institutional Effectiveness Committee is comprised of representatives from each college and these faculty members serve as assessment resource and support liaisons through the assessment review process.  Internal rubrics are used to evaluate the annual assessment plan reports by assessment liaisons, the Office of Institutional Effectiveness and Assessment, and the appropriate academic college dean. 

Each college dean presents a college assessment overview to the Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs during a meeting of the Council of Academic Deans.  Ongoing program improvements that require new funding or reallocation of existing funds are identified and included in the budget planning process. 

Related Statutes, Policies Requirements or Standards 

SACS Commission on Colleges “Principles of Accreditation: Foundation for Quality Enhancement” (Comprehensive Standard 3.3.1.1: Institutional Effectiveness – Educational Programs)

The University of Texas System Rule 50801: Student Learning Outcomes Assessment 

Academic Program Evaluation

Each academic program should identify program impact outcomes and specified measures indicating student achievement based upon recognized key performance indicators appropriate to the academic program (e.g., student performance on licensure exams, student admission into professional programs, student scholarship, etc.).  Academic programs that are reviewed by professional accrediting organizations should include performance metrics reported to those agencies.  The program outcome results and use of results shall be included in the annual assessment report. 

Graduate Program Reviews

All master’s and doctoral programs shall be reviewed and evaluated on a seven-year cycle in compliance with Texas Administrative Code Rule 5.52 criteria and procedures.  Additionally, each doctoral program should include the “18 Characteristics of Texas Doctoral Programs” in the annual program effectiveness reporting. The data for each doctoral program should be updated each academic year on the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board website.  Each graduate program should identify program goals and outcomes that support the mission of the program and the UT Tyler mission. 

Related Statutes, Policies, Requirements or Standards:

The Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board “Graduate Program Review”

 Texas Administrative Code – Rule 5.52

The Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board “18 Characteristics of Doctoral Programs”

Texas Administrative Code – Rule 5.51

The University of Texas at Tyler – Office of Assessment & Institutional Effectiveness “External Program Review” 

E. Responsibilities

Not applicable.

F. Review

Department – in consultation with the college dean

Dean – in consultation with the Provost and Vice Provost for the Graduate School

Assistant Vice President for Assessment and Institutional Effectiveness – in consultation with the Office of the Provost

Office of the Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs and the Vice Provost for the Graduate School

ORIGINALLY APPROVED: 12/01/2001 

LAST AMENDED: 06/10/2016