Assessment at UNCW

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Assessment at UNCW

At UNCW, passionate and engaged teaching, learning and research matter. As part of the process of continuous improvement, all departments in every division monitor progress towards their goals. Each department submits an assessment report in the fall.

Student Learning Assessment

The assessment of student learning guides our curricula and is a critical component of the powerful UNCW learning experience, both for our general education curriculum (University Studies) and for our degree and certificate programs. We focus on how the university and every program of the university contribute to student development.

Student learning is assessed in all academic programs, including general education, as well as in Student Affairs programs. All programs have developed student learning outcomes that are aligned to the UNCW Learning Goals, and these outcomes are assessed regularly according to program assessment plans. UNCW is committed to sharing its process and evidence of student learning with all constituencies, and continually evaluates those efforts using the National Institute for Learning Outcomes Assessment Transparency Framework. Information about how UNCW incorporates these principles into practice can be found at UNCW and NILOA Transparency Framework

The success of our students is assessed using a variety of means: course-embedded assessments, program portfolios, nationally recognized tools such as the Collegiate Learning Assessment, ETS Major Fields Tests, and the National Survey of Student Engagement, professional certification rates, and graduation and retention rates. In addition to these, our educational programs also utilize annual assessment reporting, academic program review, national and regional awards, and professional accreditation to continually improve the learning experience for all UNCW students.

The UNCW Learning Assessment Council continually reviews the assessment process and the results of the process and provides guidance towards improvement of student learning.

For more information, see Assessment in Academic Programs.

Program Assessment

All programs (degree programs, academic and student support programs, administrative support programs, research programs, and community and public service programs) assess their effectiveness in meeting their mission. Program outcomes align to the mission and strategic goals of the university, as well as standards of professional organizations as appropriate. All programs participate in UNCW's annual assessment process.

For more information on the assessment process for non-degree or certificate programs, see Assessment in Support and Service Programs.