Office of Outcomes Assessment
The Office of the Dean of Outcomes Assessment at Tiffin University is charged with providing leadership to the campus community about outcomes assessment and program review. With support from the the Outcomes Assessment Advisory Council (OAAC), Academic Outcomes Assessment Committee, and the University Curriculum Committee, this office directs the institutional assessment program for TU including program learning outcomes and general education assessment. This office collaborates with the TU Institutional Research office and the TU Academic Deans Council in administering and analyzing various assessment efforts.
“Consistent with the missions of Tiffin University, The Higher Learning Commission (HLC) and The Ohio Department of Higher Education, The Tiffin University Outcomes Assessment Advisory Council (OAAC) communicates accreditation expectations to all university constituencies and facilitates the development of outcome assessment processes to inspire a culture committed to significant student learning.”
TU requires that all academic programs (leading to a baccalaureate or master's degree) conduct program outcomes assessment each year to comply with the assessment mandates of the HLC and OBR. Each academic unit is required to have an assessment plan on file with the Office of the Dean of Outcomes Assessment that describes expected student learning outcomes for each degree program and the methods used to evaluate those outcomes. Academic units are also required to file brief annual reports describing their assessment activity from the previous year. TU uses Taskstream (a digital assessment repository) which is used to maintain program-level outcomes, rubrics used for assessment, assessment courses, and documented changes that faculty make to courses and the program based on assessment results.
Assessment of student learning in all academic units is a beneficial tool for facilitating dialogue about the curriculum and encouraging continuous programmatic improvement throughout the campus. Outcomes assessment provides feedback to an academic unit on the effectiveness of the actual instruction (pedagogy), as well as course content (curricula). The overall purpose of outcomes assessment is to inform faculty of any changes that are needed in order to make the program the best it can be for students. Assessment is, therefore an integral part of the commitment at TU to sustain and enhance academic quality and students' educational experience.
OAAC supports the idea that academic units are best suited to determine how to assess their students’ learning outcomes and how to use assessment results for program improvement. The OAAC, Assessment Committee, and the Office of the Dean of Outcomes Assessment work together to facilitate the most effective assessment activities possible for all faculty.
Dr. Daniel Weinstein
155 Miami Street
800-968-6446 ext. 3384