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Institutional Assessment and Effectiveness


The Office of Institutional Assessment and Effectiveness is charged with the systematic and explicit process of measuring institutional performance against the mission of the University of St. Thomas. A commitment to continuous improvement is at the heart of the ongoing planning and evaluation process. It is a continuous, cyclical process that is participative, strategic, flexible, relevant and responsive.

The central focus of the Office of Institutional Assessment and Effectiveness is the design and improvement of educational experiences to enhance student learning.

Comprehensive Program Review Process

"The majority of academic programs are required to conduct 5-year comprehensive program reviews; those programs that are in colleges and programs that are accredited or certified by external accreditation agencies follow the cycle of their respective accrediting body. Departmental comprehensive program review reports are submitted to their respective school deans and appropriate curricular review bodies following university protocols

The university provides guidelines with respect to minimum standards and assessment expectations as well as support to meet the informational and assessment needs of the respective programs/departments undergoing the comprehensive review process; however, the university requirements are flexible enough to allow colleges and programs to determine the specification of their student learning outcomes and the types of planning and assessment strategies they pursue to meet their respective academic goals."

Annual Program Review Process

Annual Outcome Assessment (OA) reports are required by all academic and administrative departments. The annual report template and resource guideare available on the Office of Institutional Assessment and Effectiveness website. The template is designed to mimic the cycle of ongoing improvement beginning with the previous year’s goals and student learning outcomes (SLOs), the assessment and results of the progress toward those goals and SLOs, and plans for the upcoming year. 

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Dr. Siobhan Fleming
Associate Vice President for Institutional Assessment and Effectiveness

Sonia Lopez
Administrative Assistant

Denise Torres
Senior Assessment Coordinator

Nathan Dugat
Assessment Technology Coordinator


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