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.

  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 in Taskstream's Accountability Management System (AMS).
  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 Workshop Calendar

All sessions are located in the UCT/HR Training Room (B2132).
 
  2019 AMS Training Calendar
 

In this 90-minute workshop, we will review Taskstream's AMS system and answer questions that you may have regarding your assessment plan. Please bring your notes or previous plans with you. Before attending the workshop, you must be enrolled in the AMS system. If you are unable to log in, please notify the Assessment Coordinator in the OIE office. No registration is required but RSVP is preferred because of limited seats. You may attend one or all of the sessions.

  • Training Schedule
  • May 20 (Monday)
    2:00 p.m. – 3:30 p.m.
  • June 18 (Tuesday)
    8:30 a.m. – 10:00 a.m.
  • July 17 (Wednesday)
    9:00 a.m. – 10:30 a.m.
  • August 22 (Thursday)
    3:00 p.m. – 4:30 p.m.
  • September 20 (Friday)
    9:30 a.m. – 11:00 a.m.
  2019 Assessment Open Workshops
 

Drop by any time for one-on-one help in completing your assessment plans for FY18-19 and FY19-20.

  • Workshop Schedule
  • October 21 (Monday)
    9:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m.
  • October 22 (Tuesday)
    1:30 p.m. – 3:30 p.m.
  • October 23 (Wednesday)
    2:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.
  • October 24 (Thursday)
    8:30 a.m. – 10:30 a.m.
  • October 25 (Friday)
    9:00 a.m.– 11:00 a.m.
  2019 Assessment Discussions
 

Join the Assessment staff to discuss hot topics related to assessment during one our brown bag discussions! Bring your lunch. Drinks and dessert provided.

  • Discussion Schedule
  • May 6 (Monday)
    Assessment Kickoff – share your angst/joy for the 2019-2010 assessment cycle. 
    12:00 p.m. – 1:00 p.m.
  • June 4 (Tuesday)
    Using the best methodology for the best results.
    12:00 p.m. – 1:00 p.m.
  • August 8 (Thursday)
    Gathering results and figuring out what to do with them.
    12:00 p.m. – 1:00 p.m.
  • September 6 (Friday)
    Assessing the assessment. Now what?
    12:00 p.m. – 1:00 p.m.
  • October 9 (Wednesday)
    Houston has the 610 loop; UHCL has the assessment loop. Let’s talk about roadblocks.
    12:00 p.m. – 1:00 p.m.

UHCL Assessment Committee 2018-2019

Resources

  Developing Outcomes
 

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Contact
  • Institutional Effectiveness

    Assessment and QEP
    Phone: 281-283-3065

    Institutional Research
    Phone: 281-283-3005

    Fax: 281-283-3030

    Bayou Building 2325
    2700 Bay Area Blvd, Box 80
    Houston, TX 77058-1002

    Office Hours:
    Monday - Friday
    8 a.m. - 5 p.m.