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 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.