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Assessment and Planning

The Assessment Process: William Peace University is continuously striving to grow and improve as an institution. One of the ways to accomplish this is through evaluating and assessing the work we do. William Peace University perceives assessment as a process in which evidence is gathered, analyzed, and used to determine what is working and what needs to be improved and what needs to be discontinued. This includes both programs and student outcomes.

Procedures for Institutional Effectiveness and Planning: A rationale, systematic approach to planning should begin with reliable results of the above assessment process. This includes identifying critical questions, which afford a conversation about perceived issues to be addressed and expected resolves/outcomes. Additionally, clear and measurable outcomes must be documented, periodically assessed as points for feedback and/or redirection.

Strategic Plan: Succinctly, strategic planning seeks to determine where an organization is going in the next year or few years and how it is going to get there. As William Peace University looks toward the next phase in institutional development, the strategic planning process continues to build upon longstanding strengths, global trends, information technology, and forges new goals that increase and focus its programs to prepare graduates for the twenty-first century.

Learning Outcomes by School and Program: Program outcomes are specific administrative or academic program objectives. Program outcomes identify what will be accomplished by the academic department or program and/or perceptions about what was accomplished.

Academic Program Assessment: An integral part of WPU's assessment and planning process involves individual units-academic and administrative-setting annual goals and evaluating progress toward these goals at the end of each year. Conclusions drawn from this evaluation process should, ideally, lead to each unit developing a plan for improvement that feeds into the subsequent year's goals.

Each unit:

  1. Submits goals (administrative units) and student learning outcomes (academic programs), along with unit-generated ideas about assessment methods for each goal or learning outcome, to the Institutional Effectiveness Office.
  2. The Institutional Effectiveness Office approves the goals (or outcomes) and assessment methods.
  3. Prior to July 15 of the following year, the unit submits a report demonstrating progress toward each goal or outcome. For any goals or outcomes that are not completely met, the unit prepares a plan for addressing the unmet goal in the following year.
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