Office of Institutional Research and Assessment
Why do we need program assessment?
See the page "Why is Assessment Important?"
Iím a faculty member, should I be involved with program assessment?
Yes! Faculty input is essential for developing program objectives and for identifying appropriate places at which to assess those objectives. Assessment done correctly and transparently will lead to better dialogue across campus and improved communication between students, faculty, and administrators.
Will the assessment process increase my workload?
The transition to a centralized assessment process at Holy Family will require some considerable upfront work. This work, however, is being supported by the Title III grant initially to ensure the creation of initial assessment plans and the implementation of the process goes smoothly. The introduction of Blackboard Outcomes Assessment (BbOA) will make collecting assessment artifacts little to no additional work for individual faculty members.
What support is there for programs to improve their assessment practices?
The Office of Institutional Research and Assessment (OIRA) can assist in all aspects of the assessment process. Stop in or contact us at any time for help with assessment issues. There are also a variety of workshops, brown bags, and faculty development opportunities offered on a regular basis. See whatís happening in the coming weeks and months through the Assessment Now newsletter or through the "Upcoming Events" page.
Why is assessment all of a sudden such an important issue?
The assessment movement in higher education is decades old and Holy Family has always strived to properly assess programs. Through recommendations from the Middle States Commission on Higher Education and a careful self-study process Holy Family has realized the value of implementing a more comprehensive and centralized assessment process.
Do all program objectives have to be assessed every single year?
No. While there will be an annual process for reporting on assessment efforts programs are not required or expected to assess and act on all objectives in a given year. A systematic assessment cycle should be established as part of a programís assessment plan to ensure that all objectives are not only covered but that sufficient effort can be put toward assessing and improving performance on each objective. In most cases this will mean focusing on a subset of objectives each year. See ďPlanning for AssessmentĒ for more information.
Does accreditation count as program assessment?
Programs with external accreditation requirements are encouraged to incorporate external accreditation processes with the internal processes for program assessment. The internal processes are still important as the goal is to ensure that programs are helping to achieve the mission of the university. Programs for which this is an issue can try to set up their assessment cycle to make fulfilling accreditation requirements easier. Contact the OIRA for help with any of these issues.