When successfully incorporated into the greater institutional system, assessment can help us focus our collective attention, examine our assumptions, and create a shared culture dedicated to assuring and improving the quality of higher education. The tool selected by Texas Tech University for managing the evidence collected for our assessments is TracDat. A Web-based assessment management system, TracDat is designed to help institutions manage assessment, planning, and quality improvement processes, and overcome common assessment obstacles. TracDat is not assessment, nor does it teach individuals how to assess; its sole purpose is to assist us in organizing and managing the process. Data that you enter into the TracDat database is reviewed by our office, which monitors student learning outcomes (SLOs) outcomes for the whole campus. OPA uses TracDat data as evidence for internal and external reports to the university president, Board of Regents, and regional accrediting agencies. Please contact Katie Randolph in the Office of Planning and Assessment for assistance. Katie can be reached by telephone at (806) 742-1505.
Writing and Assessing Program-Level Student Learning Outcomes Handbook
This handbook is designed to assist faculty and department administrators with the process of developing expected learning outcomes, methods and plans for assessing those outcomes in their courses and/or degree programs