Texas Wesleyan University has an established Institutional Effectiveness Process. This process includes an Annual Program Planning and Assessment system that is linked to the University’s strategic plan to assess overall institutional effectiveness and to ensure the quality of degree programs and administrative services and effectiveness on meeting the University mission. The purpose of the system is to ensure that evaluations of student learning and service outcomes are systematically and regularly undertaken and that the results of these evaluations are used to improve the institution. Each academic as well as administrative unit participates in annual planning and assessment activities, using results from the assessments to improve programs/services and to evaluate and change the operational and strategic program plans.
Documentation and Reporting of Institutional Effectiveness
Texas Wesleyan uses TaskStream’s “AMS” for annual strategic and assessment plans and reports. TaskStream focuses on advancing educational excellence by providing clients with web-based software and supporting services to plan and manage the assessment process efficiently, facilitate the demonstration of learning achievement and foster continuous improvement throughout the education network. This web-based home for assessment allows Wesleyan personnel throughout departments and schools to contribute to the assessment process and centrally house the resulting data and documents. Heads of departments are now able to more easily view, edit and follow-up on various departmental assessment goals and processes. The Provost Office provides training for faculty and staff on outcomes assessment and the use of Taskstream.
Faculty and Staff Participation in Outcomes Assessment
Department chairs and directors and certain designated faculty and staff members are responsible for doing the formal reporting of outcomes assessment related activities and results. All faculty and staff are given “view and comment” access to their department’s workspace in the system so that they may read and participate in the development of assessment and continuous improvement plans. The Provost Office provides outcomes assessment and TaskStream training.