To further the mission and vision of The University of Alabama (UA), the process of ongoing assessment identifies best practices, implements research-based changes and enhances professional knowledge. The process continues with the evaluation or assessment of the impact of those changes until the outcomes are accomplished consistently over time.
At UA, the Office of Institutional Effectiveness (OIE) annually reviews the assessment processes of all units (both academic and non-instructional) and provides constructive feedback. OIE staff consult on best practices and provide training to any UA personnel who are involved or interested in the process of assessment.
OIE consultants have created two parallel versions of a rubric that we use to generate feedback for all assessment/evaluation reports. The two feedback rubrics provide UA units with formative feedback on their assessment processes, whether geared toward student learning outcomes (SLOs) or toward operational/administrative outcomes (OPOs). We apply the SLO rubric to reports from academic degree programs and other units whose outcomes are predominantly related to student learning. We apply the OPO rubric to reports from non-instructional units whose outcomes are mostly operational/administrative.
For a copy of the OIE feedback rubrics, answers to frequently asked questions about the rubrics, or to access an example of an annotated feedback report, click on one of the links below.