Assessment Initiatives

The Office of Institutional Assessment initiates projects to improve the assessment of student learning.

Assessment Consultations

Assessment consultations are available for individuals and small groups. Assistance will be provided for:

  • Institutional Assessment Requirements & Guidelines
  • Editing Existing Report Components
  • Adding Assessment Report Data into Nuventive Improve
  • Running Reports

An assessment consultation can be scheduled by contacting the Institutional Assessment representative for the area.

Dr. Jeanette Morris | 252-328-9493
  • Academic Affairs
  • College of Education
  • College of Fine Arts and Communication
  • College of Health and Human Performance
  • Integrated Coastal Programs

Dr. Yihui Li | 252-737-4346
  • Brody School of Medicine
  • College of Allied Health Sciences
  • College of Nursing
  • School of Dental Medicine
  • Student Affairs

Ms. Susan Morrissey | 252-737-4348
  • Athletics
  • Chancelor’s Division
  • College of Business
  • College of Engineering and Technology
  • Thomas Harriot College of Arts and Sciences

Professional Development

To support high quality institutional decision-making, effectiveness, and continuous improvement, the Office of Institutional Assessment develops and distributes resources for faculty and staff in multiple formats, including campus-wide workshops, department-level consultations for individuals and groups, and online materials.

Professional Development Resources

Use of Review Results

Each fall, annual assessment reports for educational programs and support units are reviewed by the Institutional Assessment Review Committee (IARC) using a rubric. Institutional Assessment uses the results of the IARC process for several purposes including to:

  • Highlight educational programs and support units that did well on the review and therefore did not need to make any changes to their annual assessment report.
  • Determine which units made changes based on the IARC review.
  • Identify educational programs and support units that may need additional assessment help.

Specialized Accreditation Inventory

Use the Specialized Accreditation/ECU APR Dashboard below to find information on the status and reporting cycles of ECU programs accredited by specialized accrediting bodies, as well as the Academic Program Review schedule for programs that are not accredited by specialized accrediting bodies.

Accreditation Agencies Dashboard

Assessment Workbooks

From Fall 2015-Spring 2018, Institutional Assessment worked with graduate and undergraduate programs across campus to complete an assessment workbook in Excel that would help units to further refine their assessment plan by:

  • Identifying 6-8 student learning outcomes that are important for the program.
  • Mapping program outcomes to all courses where the content is either introduced, reinforced and/or mastered (I, R, M).
  • Completing an assessment plan with Means of Assessment (MOA) and Criterion for Success (CFS) for all outcomes.
  • Mapping exactly where evidence of student learning will be collected (A) for programmatic assessment.
  • Establishing a meaningful five-year cycle of assessment for these outcomes.

The workbooks were pre-populated with each unit’s current student learning outcomes, means of assessment and criterion for success. Programs could keep their current plan, make revisions or develop a new assessment plan. During the workbook initiative, 146 programs completed an assessment workbook.

Assessment Workbooks are shared with new educational program developers to help their programs seamlessly transition to a sustainable assessment process and successfully document authentic assessment of student learning at the program level.

Assessment Workbook for New Programs (XLSX)

Assessment of General Education

The Institutional Assessment Advisory Council working group on General Education Assessment is designing and implementing a program level assessment process of General Education at ECU. Members are working closely with the General Education and Instructional Effectiveness Council and faculty who teach general education courses. A data collection process of student artifacts and course syllabi has been designed and includes a secondary review process. Each year results from two general education competency areas will be carefully analyzed and paired with supporting institutional data prior to dissemination. Institutional Assessment supports departments in the creation and documentation of actions plans to improve student learning.