Important Dates for Assessment Reports
September 1, 2016 – Annual WEAVE Cycle Open
January 15, 2016 – All Academic and Student Affairs Units – Measures entered or edited into the WEAVE system
June 1, 2016 – All Academic and Student Affairs Units – Findings entered or edited into the WEAVE system
August 1, 2016 – Action Plans for Appropriate Findings entered into WEAVE
All Academic Affairs and Student Affairs areas must have at least one action plan for this year.
Student Learning is central to the mission of TCU. The assessment of our students’ learning is not only a source of evidence that demonstrates our effectiveness in achieving our mission; it is, more importantly, a process and a tool for improving student learning.
Assessment of student learning occurs at three interrelated levels:
- Institutional Assessment: a measure of the institution’s overall effectiveness in achieving its educational mission. See the TCU Institutional Priorities for more information.
- Departmental/Unit/Program Assessment: a process for measuring and improving the effectiveness of meeting student learning goals established for an academic program.
- Classroom Assessment: a technique an individual instructor applies to improve student learning in his or her classroom based on establishing learning goals and measuring achievement of learning.
Policy on Substantive Change
Texas Christian University welcomes the expansion of academic opportunities through the development of programs and/or courses offered to students. Substantive change is defined as a significant modification or expansion of the nature and scope of an accredited institution. TCU must report intended substantive changes to its major accrediting body, the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools (SACS), and obtain approval prior to the implementation of the program. The following procedure must be followed:
Approval by appropriate department/unit
- Approval by appropriate dean/college curriculum committee
- Approval from the Undergraduate or Graduate Council
- Approval from the University Council
- Submission to the Office for Institutional Effectiveness for Provost approval and reporting to SACS
Depending on the nature of the change, it must be report to SACS as “notification” and/or for “approval” in a timely manner. All submissions must be coordinated by the Office for Institutional Effectiveness.