Assessment & Accreditation

University Institutional Effectiveness Process and Strategic Planning

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. 

Accreditation

Texas Wesleyan University is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges Commission on Colleges & Schools to award baccalaureate, master's, and doctoral level degrees.

Contact the Commission on Colleges at 1866 Southern Lane, Decatur, Georgia 30033-4097 or call 404-679-4500 only for questions, comments or issues related to the accreditation of Texas Wesleyan University.

Program accreditation includes:

  • The Association of Collegiate Business Schools and Programs
  • State Board for Education Certification
  • National Association of School of Music
  • Council on Accreditation of Nurse Anesthesia Educational Programs
  • University Senate of the United Methodist Church
Periodic Audits, Program Reviews & GEC Assessment

Periodic Self-Study Audits

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.

Academic Program Review

Through the Program Review process, coordinated by the Provost Council, all University academic programs are assessed on a regular 5-7 year cycle in order to facilitate good decisions regarding the University’s mix of programs. The primary goal of Academic Program Reviews is to continually work toward enhancement of the academic programs offered at Texas Wesleyan and move the University forward into a future with the most effective use of university resources. Whereas the academic self-study audits focus on student learning outcomes and curricular requirements, the program reviews address issues such as program centrality to the University mission and strategic priorities; curriculum and program information; quality and reputation; student achievement; strategic advantage of the program; and current demand and future marketability. The deans and the Provost Council, in consultation with the academic departments, determine the program review schedule each year.

Periodic Audits:


Academic Program Review Documents:

Planning & Assessment Cycle

Summer/Early fall semester:
Departments and schools review and discuss assessment data from previous year and discuss departmental improvement plans updated strategic goals and/or actions in light of data.

Mid-October:
Departments submit updated 3-year strategic plans and assessment plans to their dean/vice president.

October 31:
Deans/Vice-Presidents submit school- and division-level strategic and assessment plans to the assessment office.

Fall and Spring semester:
Departments engage in assessment by gathering data based on the means of assessment established in summer/early fall.

June 1:
Departments submit assessment reports to the dean/vice president.

July 1:
Deans/Vice-Presidents submit school- and division-level assessment reports to the assessment office.

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