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Mission Statement

Through its work with faculty and staff, the Office of Student and Program Assessment coordinates, facilitates, and advances assessment practices and processes in support of evidence-informed decision making and planning.  In keeping with the campus’ Principles of Assessment, we advocate academic and administrative assessment practices that advance student learning, teaching, research, and service.

Service Goals

  1. For Faculty Assessment Organizers (FAO), faculty, and staff, provide strategic methodological, and logistical support for annual and periodic program review activities that address priorities for advancing student learning and success.

  2. For FAOs, faculty, staff and students, effectively communicate assessment purposes, values, methods, and resources with the School and across campus.

  3. For faculty, staff, and leadership, provide ad-hoc data reports and analyses in support of operational planning and decision-making.

  4. For all stakeholders/customers, support institutional efforts to advance the sustainable integration of assessment into campus planning and decision making at all levels.

  5. Communicate UC Merced’s educational effectiveness practices to external stakeholders.​

Services Provided

  • Consult on assessment planning, including methods, timeline, disciplinary or administrative priorities, and tools (e.g. focus group scripts, rubrics, survey questions).

  • Provide logistical support for data collection.

  • Prepare content for annual assessment reports, for instance, data summaries, updated outcomes.

  • Prepare content for periodic review reports, for instance, data summaries, academic and administrative.

  • Consult on response to assessment findings in support of continuous improvement in student learning and/or student success.

  • Direct faculty and programs to relevant campus and professional resources in support of continuous improvement in student learning and/or student success (ex. CRTE).

  • Facilitate program cohesion through curriculum alignment activities, for example, review of syllabi and course learning outcomes in relation to program goals for student learning.

  • Provide logistical and administrative support for programmatic accreditation activities, including self-studies, site visits, etc.

  • Provide assessment related record keeping.