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Office of Institutional Effectiveness

Assessment
The Office of Assessment, housed in the Office of Institutional Effectiveness, facilitates the assessment of student learning for program improvement through data-driven decision-making. This office helps develop and maintain various protocols and procedures for assessment at all levels:  entry-level, mid-level (general education), academic program, and non-academic units. The Office of Assessment disseminates assessment results to stakeholders of the University and in an annual report to the Oklahoma State Regents for Higher Education, done in conjunction with the Office of Institutional Research.  

Mission
The mission of the Office of Assessment is to develop, record, disseminate, implement, and regularly review assessment of academic and student programs at East Central University in order to improve student learning outcomes and services to students and to provide guidance and support to the administration, academic departments, faculty committees, and other units of the University to foster a culture of assessment and data-driven decision-making.

Assessment Policy for the Center for Assessment and Institutional Research

East Central University's assessment program is based upon the Oklahoma State Regents for Higher Education's assessment policy requiring all state system colleges and universities to assess entry-level, mid-level, and major field student academic achievement and to assess student satisfaction. East Central University's policy addresses these four areas and is designed to assist faculty and students in promoting student success in achieving their academic goals and to aid the university in the improvement of teaching and learning.

ENTRY-LEVEL ASSESSMENT:
All students who enroll at East Central University as first-time entering freshmen and transfer students who enter the university with six or fewer semester credit hours attempted are required to participate in entry-level assessment. In addition to complying with published ECU admission standards, participation in entry-level assessment may include other activities such as taking placement tests, completing student surveys, and contributing to other entry-level assessment-related activities.

MID-LEVEL (GENERAL EDUCATION) ASSESSMENT:
All students who enroll at East Central University as freshmen or transfer students without an associate of arts or associate of science degree are required to participate in mid-level assessment of General Education. Participation in mid-level assessment may include such activities as taking assessment tests, participating in student orientation, developing portfolios, completing student surveys, and contributing to other mid-level assessment-related activities.

ASSESSMENT OF THE MAJOR:
During their junior and senior years, all students are required to participate in major field assessment. Participation in major field assessment may include such activities as enrolling in capstone courses, taking assessment tests, developing portfolios, completing student surveys, and contributing to other assessment-related activities of one's major.

STUDENT SATISFACTION ASSESSMENT:
Using surveys, focus groups, and other assessment-related activities, assessment of student satisfaction encompasses three areas: current student and alumni satisfaction with student services, such as housing, food services, financial aid, day care, parking, extra-curricular activities, library, bookstore, advising and counseling, etc.; employer satisfaction with the academic preparation of graduates; and alumni satisfaction with overall quality of their education at East Central University.

Standardized Testing

ECU relies on various standardized tests to balance out its assessment of academic achievement.  

ENTRY LEVEL:

ACCUPLACER

MID-LEVEL ASSESSMENT: 

General Education Rubrics

PROGRAM LEVEL: 

ACAT (Art, Biology); ETS/MFT (Biology, Computer Science, Math, Psychology); ACS (Chemistry); CRC and NCE (Clinical Rehabilitation Clinical Mental Health Counseling); Peregrine (Business Administration, Accounting); NCLEX (Nursing); OSAT (Art, Biology, English, History, Music, Mathematics, Early Childhood Education, Elementary Education, Library Media, School Counselor, Education Leadership, Reading, Special Education, School Psychology)

STUDENT SATISFACTION: 

Student Opinion Survey (local)

 

Reviews by the University Assessment Committee

As part of ECU’s self-governance and in accordance with Section 1.5.1.2 of the ECU Faculty Handbook, this standing institutional committee  “is responsible for monitoring the university's compliance with the Oklahoma State Regents for Higher Education Assessment Policy. The areas of assessment to be monitored include the assessment of entering students (entry-level assessment), students completing their general education course work (mid-level assessment), academic majors, and the assessment of student satisfaction.”

2021-2022 University Assessment Committee (UAC) members: Jim Rauch (2022), Jerry Mihelic (2024), Darcy Duncan (2022), Melissa Inglis (2023), Donna Autrey (2024), Leah Dudley (2023), Brandi Schur (2023), Meredith Jones (2022), Cindy Sue Cooper (2023), Nelaina Baker (2022), Phyllis Isaacs (Administrator), Robin Roberson (Assessment Coordinator)

University Assessment Committee Review Schedule 2020-2026

AY UAC Review Completed

Programs/Embedded Certificates and Administrative Educational Support Units to be Assessed

2020-2021

 

Academic Undergrad

Art-Design

Early Childhood Education SPA

Environmental Health Science

Human Dev, Hosp & Food Sci

Interdisciplinary Studies

Kinesiology

Off-Cycle: Business Admin

Academic Grad

School Counselor MEd SPA

Off-Cycle: Accounting MS

Plan

Master’s in Management

Water Resources Policy & Management MS

AES

Linscheid Library

2021-2022

 

Academic Undergrad

Elementary Education SPA

English

Legal Studies

Physics

Social Work

Plan

Criminal Justice Policy

Native American Studies

Academic Grad

Accounting MS

Secondary Acad Disc MEd

Plan

Clin Rehab & Clin Mntl Hlth MSHR

Criminal Justice Admin MA

Water Res Policy & Mgmt MS

AES

Plan

Career Services

Financial Aid

2022-2023

 

Academic Undergrad Chemistry

Human Services Counseling

Mass Communication

Plan

Information Technology Mgmt

Academic Grad

Educational Leadership MEd SPA

Human Res Admin MSHR

Instruct Design & Tech MEd

Sports Administration MEd

Plan

Sport Psychology MSPS

AES

Academic Success

Plan

Housing & Res Life

Testing & Access Serv

Bursar

2023-2024

 

Academic Undergrad

Accounting

Computer Science

History

Mathematics

Nursing

Performance Studies

Plan

Academic Grad

Criminal Justice Admin MA

Clin Rehab & Clin Mntl Hlth MSHR

Library Media MEd SPA

Plan

AES

Honors

Tutor/Writing Center

Plan

Admissions & Records

IT/Helpdesk

 

2024-2025

 

Academic Undergrad

Biology

Business Administration

Criminal Justice

Criminal Justice Policy

Native American Studies

Political Science

Psychology

Plan

Academic Grad

Master’s in Management

Special Education MEd

Psychological Services MSPS

School Psychometry MSPS

Plan

AES

Bursar

Career Services

Financial Aid

Testing & Access Serv

 

2025-2026

 

Academic Undergrad

Art-Design

Early Childhood Education SPA

Environmental Health Science

Information Technology Mgmt

Interdisciplinary Studies

Kinesiology

Plan

Academic Grad

School Counselor MEd SPA

Sport Psychology MSPS

Plan

 

AES

Admissions & Records

Housing & Res Life

IT/Helpdesk

Linscheid Library

 

Entry Level Placement/Remediation Guidelines

To access ECU's documents on Entry Level Placement in Gen Ed courses, Cut Scores for Remediation Requirements (ACT and ACCUPLACER Next Generation), and Protocols for changing these, click on Assessment: Reporting and Outcomes (upper left menu), then scroll to Entry Level Assessment Guides (near the bottom).