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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.
The Office of Institutional Effectiveness and Reporting is responsible for:
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
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.
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).
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.