Office of Assessment & Institutional Effectiveness
The University of Texas at Tyler
The Office of Assessment and Institutional Effectiveness serves the UT Tyler campus.
Assessment planning and reporting for educational programs, student and academic support
services, and administrative departments. The AIE staff provide guidance and support
for the SACSCOC institutional and professional program accreditation. All UT Tyler
assessment plans are maintained in Nuventive TracDat software. Assessment plans are
reviewed annually in a systematic process using internal review rubrics to confirm
UT Tyler follows generally recognized assessment procedures. Improvement efforts using
assessment results are documented to demonstrate a continuing commitment to quality
The AIE Office provides leadership for the evaluation of the UT Tyler Strategic Plan to assist in providing evidence of institutional progress toward strategic priorities and goals. The Institutional Effectiveness Advisory Committee reviews progress toward initiatives supporting each strategic plan pillar. The annual UT Tyler Strategic Plan report provides institutional highlights
University-level satisfaction surveys for students, faculty and staff are coordinated through the AIE office and include the National Survey of Student Engagement (NSSE), the UT Tyler Graduation Exit Survey, employee satisfaction surveys, and faculty evaluation of administrator surveys. AIE staff serve as the campus administrators for the university Qualtrics survey platform.
Developing Student Learning Outcomes
The University of Texas at Austin Faculty Innovation Center provides guidelines and tips on creating effective student learning outcomes. Examples are provided as well as a breakdown of different types of assessment and a snapshot demonstrating the alignment of learning outcomes and assessment. The information is helpful to those developing new learning outcomes or to those interested in strengthening their supporting evidence that current outcomes are task specific, measurable, student-oriented and align with the program mission statement.
Authentic Assessment Toolbox
John Mueller explores the process and rational for an alternative (authentic) model of assessment in his article Authentic Assessment Toolbox for Higher Ed Faculty. Mueller provides examples of students performing "real-world tasks'' that demonstrate meaningful application of essential knowledge and skills. Mueller also describes how to construct such authentic assessments to improve student learning within any academic program. The Authentic Assessment Toolbox website provides excellent examples of using student portfolios for assessment.