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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 Assessment Reports and Plans to

Assessment Plan Resources

Planning and Assessment Staff

Dr. Pam Shefman, Executive Director

Tammy Braswell, Director Assessment & QEP

Karen Elliott, Assessment Coordinator II

Carmen Conley, Assessment Coordinator I

James Sloan, Data Analyst

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

  • Dr. Pam Shefman, Office of Planning and Assessment, Co-Chair
  • Ms. Tammy Braswell, Office of Planning and Assessment, Co-Chair
  • Mr. Joseph Staley, University Advancement
  • Ms. Kara Hadley-Shakya, Strategic Enrollment Management
  • Mr. Mark Denney, Administration and Finance
  • Dr. Timothy Richardson, Student Success & Initiatives
  • Dr. David Garrison, College of Sciences and Engineering
  • Mr. David Rachita, Division of Student Affairs
  • Ms. Deja Sero, Administration and Finance
  • Dr. Donna Stringer, College of Business
  • Mr. Greg Haines, College of Human Sciences and Humanities
  • Ms. Iliana Melendez, Division of Student Affairs
  • Dr. Joan Bruno, College of Business
  • Ms. Judith Coulter, University Advancement
  • Dr. Kathy Matthew, Office of the Provost
  • Ms. Laurice Larsen, University Advancement
  • Ms. Mary Ramos, Student Success & Initiatives
  • Ms. Michelle Lane, College of Education
  • Mr. Mike Livingston, Office of Information Technology
  • Mr. Patrick Cardenas, Division of Student Affairs
  • Mr. Richard Zalesak, University Advancement
  • Mr. Russell Miller, Administration and Finance
  • Ms. Sandy Ng, Strategic Enrollment Management
  • Ms. Sherry Hawn, Administration and Finance
  • Mr. Steve Kitchen, Administration and Finance
  • Dr. Terry Shepherd, College of Education
  • Dr. Troy Voelker, College of Business

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