Academic assessment at the Texas A&M Health Science Center (TAMHSC) is supported, monitored, and assessed by the OAE. Areas of oversight include:
- Establishment of a consistent review cycle
- Administration of Academic Program Review
- Provision of resources related to types of assessment and best practices for developing outcomes and targets
- Coordination of the Academic Assessment Committee which provides external evaluation of assessment reports for the various degree programs
- Training for the reporting software, TracDat
The TAMHSC academic units maintain primary responsibility for the design, development, implementation, evaluation, and improvement of the various degree programs. Each college/school has at least one curriculum or assessment committee that is responsible for the definition of student learning outcomes, review of the annual results, and development of data-driven action plans which can be used to improve upon the educational outcomes of degree programs. Professional programs must adhere to the standards set by the institution as well as those dictated by their respective professional accrediting agencies.
TAMHSC Planning and Assessment Cycle:
Academic assessment is an ongoing process which is cyclical in nature and focuses on the use of results to make data-driven decisions regarding improvements to outcomes and assessment methods. The TAMHSC programs follow the assessment cycle established by Texas A&M University to ensure consistency of planning and reporting processes.
- Develop and update programmatic missions and Student Learning Outcomes based on assessment results. Mission and SLOs must align with the overarching institutional goals.
- Annual updates to missions and SLOs conducted by August 15.
- Evaluate action plans and updated SLOs to design, modify, and improve assessment plans, methods, and targets.
- Annual design and development of assessment plans conducted by September 1.
- Implement improved plans, engage in assessment activities, and gather results.
- Annual implementation occurs from September 1 - August 1.
- Interpret results and evaluate outcomes. Summarize the results analysis and develop action plans for the following year.
- Annual analysis conducted from July 1 - August 1.
- Use assessment results and action plans to make data-driven decisions regarding the need for modifications and improvements to programs.
- Modifications and improvements assessed from August 1 - September 1.