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Welcome to the University of Northern Iowa's Office of Academic Assessment. We're located in ITTC (former East Gym), Room 117A.  You can contact us by phone at (319) 273-2778.

 

Our Mission is to provide leadership for the planning and implementation of student outcomes assessment, academic program review and other procedures that support academic program improvement, student learning, and accreditation.

 

A Brief Statement on Assessment at UNI:

 

Student outcomes assessment is a process by which evidence of the congruence between an institution's stated mission, goals and objectives, and the actual outcomes of its academic programs and co-curricular activities, is assembled and analyzed in order to improve teaching and learning and enhance goal congruence.  Although outcomes assessment is a critical element of the institutional growth and change, it is not an end in itself.  Rather, it is one of many vehicles which may help an institution effect change.

 

Through its role in program review and strategic planning, outcomes assessment promotes the rational, orderly evolution and improvement of the institution and its programs.  Outcomes assessment provides a basis for faculty cooperation, improved integration within and among courses and programs, and supports the development of interdisciplinary courses and programs.  Faculty will not participate effectively and outcomes assessment is unlikely to be successful if faculty suspect that assessment results will be incorporated in the faculty reward structure. 

 

A major purpose of outcomes assessment is to build habits of inquiry and a culture of evidence about student learning.  Successful assessment requires leadership and support throughout the university, as well as integrity and accountability from those administering the program.

 

Based on key concepts from the 1991 & 2007 UNI Assessment Policy Statements

 

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