Institutional Assessment

The Office of Institutional Research and Data Strategy is responsible for the collection and analysis of institutional assessment data. Middle Georgia State University has identified July as "assessment month" and during this month collects administrative, academic, and academic and student support assessment information from the previous year. This assessment is part of the institution's effort to remain SACSCOC compliant, but more importantly to implement quality management practices.

IA Flow diagram

The assessment system and the assessment forms integrate two management systems (Drucker, 1954: The Practice of Management). One is based on the management letter which allows for a free flowing discussion between managers and individuals under their direction. While we don't use the letter itself in our management systems today, the idea of including free flowing text is an important part of assessment and is included in the forms used by MGA. The free flow responses create a space for long term goal setting, the development of mission statements or statements of purpose and a narrative about what is happening in the department and what the future holds. The second set of responses are based on a management by objective system in which managers and those under their direction jointly set specific measurable objectives for a given period of time and then receive reports as to whether or not the objectives were accomplished.

Both systems are important to capture long term planning and annual results. Each form is linked below along with a brief description of its intended purpose.

Administrative Assessment

This form should be completed by every leader of a budgeted unit during the month of July for the previous fiscal year. It applies to all academic and nonacademic departments. The mission statement, goals, and objectives should be clearly linked to the current MGA strategic plan.

Academic Program Assessment

Quality academic program assessment is based on an assessment plan that identifies learning outcomes as well as a curriculum map outlining where the learning outcomes are taught and how student learning is assessed. Effective program implementation also requires effective course scheduling that allows for students to plan ahead and complete a program on time. MGA's list of academic programs, approval histories, assessment plans, and master course schedules are linked here. The Academic Program Assessment form should be completed by academic program directors for every program offered at each location annually.

Academic and Student Support Assessment
This form is designed to capture student learning that occurs outside the classroom, but within academic and student support areas. This form should be completed annually by all directors of tutoring, counseling, disability services, and similar centers that have an academic or student support mission. Both the Academic and Student Support Assessment Form and the Administrative Assessment Form should be completed by the director of each center annually.

Data collected through each of these forms will be summarized and analyzed on an annual basis and posted to the Institutional Research and Data Strategy web page.