What is Assessment?
There are many definitions, but here is a brief one: the systematic and methodologically sound examination of student learning outcomes for the purpose of program improvement.

Why Assess?
While the primary purpose of assessment is to improve student learning and the functioning of administrative offices, it is also required by both the State of Florida Statute and our accrediting body, the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges (SACSCOC).

Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges (SACSCOC) Comprehensive Standard 3.3

The institution identifies expected outcomes, assesses the extent to which it achieves these outcomes, and provides evidence of improvement based on analysis of the results. (Institutional Effectiveness)

The State of Florida Board of Governors (BOG) Policy 8.016
Requires all undergraduate academic programs to develop and implement an Academic Learning Compact that must contain student learning outcomes for a minimum of three areas, critical think skills, communication skills, and content/discipline knowledge and skills. Current Academic Learning Compacts (ALC) for all undergraduate programs are available for new and prospective students.

Assessment at USF


Assessment Management System
The Assessment Management System is a web-based system that helps manage accreditation, assessment, planning, and quality improvement processes at USF. All academic and administrative assessment plans are contained in the system, with units being able to edit and update their assessment plans annually.

Submission Process: Designated users are responsible for uploading/editing the assessment report into the Assessment Management System. Please contact Institutional Effectiveness, Academic Planning, & Review for login permission.


Helpful Links:

Academic Rubric

SAM Update & Reminders