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Our Mission

The mission of the Office of Institutional Effectiveness and Reporting (IER) is to support assessment efforts across the university, prepare required reports and surveys, and coordinate accreditation efforts.

what we do

The Office of Institutional Effectiveness and Reporting (IER) is responsible for

  • supporting assessment activities,
  • preparing required reports and surveys, and
  • coordinating accreditation efforts at UTA.

Supporting Assessment Activities

Assessment is a systematic and ongoing process of gathering and interpreting information to discover if programs/services are meeting intended outcomes and then using the information to enhance/improve the programs/services.

In other words, assessment helps units and programs determine

  • how they are meeting their mission,
  • how they are reaching their goals,
  • what they are doing well,
  • what they could improve on,
  • how they are doing in comparison to peers, and
  • what difference newly implemented programs and policies have had.

Some assessment practices are continuous and occur every year or every other year. Other assessment projects may only last for a limited time in order to gather data on a specific issue or problem. The benefits of assessment activities include prompting meaningful discussion about programs and services among faculty and staff as well as the abilities to see a program change over time, have the tools necessary to compare a unit to a peer or aspirational unit, and make data-driven improvements.

Preparing Required Reports and Surveys

IER also supports institutional-wide assessment activities including Exit Surveys (surveys for graduating seniors), the National Survey of Student Engagement (national survey used at over 400 colleges and universities), the Unit Effectiveness Process (the university-wide, program-level assessment process), and Student Feedback Surveys (evaluations of teaching effectiveness).

Coordinating Accreditation Efforts at UTA

In addition to collecting, analyzing, and reporting assessment activities at UTA, IER supports programs within UTA and UTA itself to keep compliant with accrediting agencies. Many academic units (engineering, business, and education) require national accreditation to be able to grant special certifications in their field. The University is also reaffirmed every 10 years by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges (SACSCOC). This accrediting body is responsible for universities and colleges in Texas, Louisiana, Mississippi, Alabama, Georgia, Florida, Tennessee, Kentucky, Virginia, North Carolina, and South Carolina. While the accreditation or reaffirmation report is submitted once every ten years, IER is constantly gathering data and supporting units as they gather their own assessment data in order to fulfill the requirements of this decennial document.