Institutional Student Surveys
Mercer University, through its Office of Institutional Effectiveness (OIE), conducts university-wide student assessments every year, specifically in the fall and spring terms utilizing different instruments planned in a cyclical schedule. OIE garners valuable data, particularly on First-Year students and seniors.
The purpose for such surveys is to measure progress relative to educational goals, to evaluate academic and educational support programs, improve learning and teaching, and to assess institutional effectiveness overall. A variety of these campus-based assessments focus on attitudes, satisfaction of services, and academic engagement.
It is through student participation in the assessment process that the University can better understand itself and better serve its constituents. Please refer to the 'Assessment Record' and 'Institutional Surveys' links under 'Assessment' on the OIE webpage to see updated results of student assessments.
Annual Department/Program Outcomes Assessment
Annually, every academic degree program and educational/administrative support unit is required to complete and submit an assessment report to OIE in September. Such reports include established outcomes (learning, program, administrative), methods for measuring outcomes, results and analysis of the measures, an update of what needed to be addressed in the previous year and action plans for improvement. The University utilizes an electronic, online platform from Campus Labs to allow assessment coordinators to enter their respective data and provide meaningful narratives of explanation.The Assessment Cycle shows the flow of the process and the steps involved.
Annual Peer Review of Assessment Reports
For the last few years, the University Assessment Council (UAC) has been involved in reviewing selected academic, administrative and educational support assessment reports. Since all plans are completed in the fall each year, after closing their assessment "loop," reviews are accomplished soon afterward; from early October through early December. After processing, these are later sent in the late spring to the assessment coordinator who produced the report. Coordinators then review these prior to beginning their next assessment report so as to provide helpful guidance for the coming year.
The UAC developed a checklist to evaluate the degree in which assessment components were met, or not met, along with helpful comments. We also want to identify exemplary assessment plans as they occur annually--beginning in AY2016-17--and recognize those in degree programs or support offices as they address these important components in meaningful ways. You can see the on-going listing of complete Exemplary Assessment Reports and review these by category.