Program Level Assessment
The Graduating Composition & Communication Requirement (GCCR) is intended to vertically integrate learning outcome #2 of the UK Core (Students will demonstrate competent written, oral, and visual communication skills both as producers and consumers of information) into upper-division majors across the university. The GCCR can be addressed in a relevant upper-division course or series of courses agreed upon by both the department faculty of each degree-granting program and a cross-disciplinary GCCR university senate committee.
Outcomes Assessment at the Program Level includes establishing assessment plans for all academic and some non-academic units. Each assessment plan, at a minimum, will comprise of a mission statement, student learning outcomes, curriculum map, assessment tools, assessment oversight, their stated assessment cycle, measures of teaching effectiveness, plans on evaluating post-graduate success, and any rubrics they are using. For bachelor degree programs only, a GCCR assessment plan must be included as well. Annually, the units will report on their student learning outcomes. It is the units responsibility to see that a high-quality review of the year’s assessment activities are documented and to ensure that all student learning outcomes are assessed within a three-year cycle. Current learning outcomes and assessment plans can be found below:
The Periodic Review is the primary vehicle for review of educational and administrative units and for documentation of institutional effectiveness. The review period shall normally be from five (5) to seven (7) years. This review period enables educational and administrative units to better align their goals and plans with those of the college and University. This process is designed to improve the quality and effectiveness of teaching and learning, research, public service, and operations. It does so by systematically examining missions, goals, objectives, resources, activities, processes, and outcomes of programs and services.
Many educational units have a separate Program Accreditation in addition to institutional accreditation by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges (SACSCOC). These units undergo review by accrediting bodies or licensing and certification entities.