Student Learning is Central to the Mission of TCU

The assessment of our students' learning is not only a source of evidence that demonstrates our effectiveness in achieving our mission; it is, more importantly, a process and a tool for improving student learning.

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The Office of Institutional Effectiveness serves to enhance student learning and institutional effectiveness at TCU by providing leadership and assistance to the campus community in assessment activities.

What We Do

  • Coordinate and support ongoing, systematic evaluation and assessment of student achievement and incorporation of findings into the planning and accreditation processes.
  • Partner with faculty and staff to promote the assessment of ongoing programs and the resulting student learning.
  • Support broad-based, comprehensive institutional planning.
  • Publish assessment research and maintain an active role in professional organizations.
  • Engage in community outreach that promotes the institutional mission.

9 Principles of Good Practice for Assessing Student Learning

from the American Association for Higher Education

  • The assessment of student learning begins with educational values.
  • Assessment is most effective when it reflects an understanding of learning as a multidimensional, integrated, and revealed in performance over time.
  • Assessment works best when the program it seeks to improve have clear, explicitly stated purposes.
  • Assessment requires attention to outcomes but also and equally the experience that lead to those outcomes.
  • Assessment works best when it is ongoing, not episodic.
  • Assessment fosters wider improvement when representatives from across the educational community are involved.
  • Assessment makes a difference when it begins with issues of use and illuminates questions people really care about.
  • Assessment is most likely to lead to improvement when it is part of a larger set of conditions that promote change.
  • Through assessment, educators meet responsibilities to students and the public.

For more information, read the full article at AAHE 9 Principles of Good Practice for Assessing Student Learning.