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Planning and Assessment

Planning and Assessment contributes to the mission of the university by promoting and leading institutional effectiveness activities. It works closely with the President and Provost to track the progress of the university strategic goals; monitors and reviews assessment activities of academic programs and support units to improve learning and teaching; supports compliance with the State of Texas, the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board, and the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges (SACSCOC), and other accrediting bodies; and works closely with the Quality Enhancement Plan leadership committee to ensure the plan is developed and implemented according to the standards established by SACSCOC.

October 15, 2022 - Deadline to submit all Assessment Plans to

Assessment Plan Resources

Assessment Coordinators

Academic Plans

Karen Elliott
Ext. 3053
Availability: Monday 9-11 a.m., Thursday 1:30-3:30 p.m. (tentative)

Co-Curricular and Administrative Plans
Carmen Conley
Ext. 3007
Availability: Tuesday 10 a.m. - 1 p.m., Thursday 10 a.m. - 1 p.m. (tentative)

Assessment Training

Schedule an appointment with an Assessment Coordinator for one-on-one or group training via Teams/Zoom or in person. Receive instructions on assessment in general and on creating and completing an assessment plan in order to be SACSCOC compliant.  Submit request for an appointment to your designated Assessment Coordinator or to Trainings will run from September 1, 2022 - October 15, 2022. 

What is assessment?

Assessment is the systematic collection and examination of information to determine progress toward a specific goal. The process of assessment fuels efforts for continuous improvement, as academic programs and support units use assessment findings to determine whether intended outcomes were achieved and how best to improve future performance.

Why do we perform assessment?

Assessment is conducted to ensure that we are constantly focused on improving the learning experience. It is something academic programs must do to improve student learning and establish a strong scholastic reputation. It is something support units must do to promote reliable services and efficient business practices. While assessment is required by accrediting bodies, it is also intrinsic to the nature of higher education – an essential tool that affords us the ability to evaluate how we are doing and what we can do to improve.

When do we perform assessment?

Faculty and staff assess student learning outcomes and program outcomes throughout the year. We document our findings in the fall of each year through the Office of Academic Planning and Assessment.

How does assessment relate to the funding process?

  1. For outcomes that require funding, the school with consultation with its faculty will develop a school level funding priority list; the divisions with consultation with their respective units will develop a division level funding priority list.
  2. Programs and support units enter funding requests into the Funding Request Excel spreadsheet. (Download the Funding Request Form located below the planning calendar).
  3. The schools and divisions forward their school level and division level priority lists to the components (President, Provost, VP for A&F). The components combined funding priorities will go through the shared governance process for review and recommendation to the President.

Assessment Results

UHCL Assessment Committee 2022-2023

  • Ms. Miriam Qumsieh, Office of Institutional Research, Co-Chair
  • Ms. Karen Elliott, Office of Planning and Assessment, Co-Chair
  • Ms. Carmen Conley, Office of Planning and Assessment
  • Dr. Kathryn Matthew, Office of the Provost
  • Dr. Kevin Wooten, UHCL Chief Strategy Officer
  • Dr. Joan Bruno, College of Business
  • Dr. Troy Voelker, College of Business
  • Dr. Jason Murasko, College of Business
  • Dr. David Garrison, College of Sciences and Engineering
  • Dr. Mary Short, College of Human Sciences and Humanities
  • Dr. Felix Simieou, College of Education
  • Ms. Michelle Lane, College of Education
  • Dr. Yvonne Hernandez Friedman, Student Affairs
  • Mr. David Rachita, Dean of Students
  • Ms. Iliana Melendez, Dean of Students
  • Ms. Mary Ramos, Student Success & Initiatives
  • Mr. Mark Denney, Admin and Finance
  • Ms. Krista Buckminster, General Accounting
  • Ms. Debbie Carpenter, Procurement
  • Mr. Joseph Staley, University Advancement

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