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Institutional Effectiveness and Assessment

The Office of Institutional Effectiveness and Assessment at Alcorn State University is charged with providing ongoing leadership and assistance for educational and administrative support units with developing, arranging, analyzing, and completing institutional effectiveness and assessment reports. Institutional effectiveness and assessment is an integral part of the institution’s accreditation process as defined by SACSCOC, our regional accrediting agency.

Additionally, the assessment reports provide an array of institutional information to various constituencies. These reports are designed to:

  1. ensure that student learning and program outcomes are aligned with the institutional mission;
  2. demonstrate that Alcorn State University is effectively accomplishing its mission;
  3. provide internal and external constituents with a comprehensive overview of how the units are continuously improving based on assessment findings;
  4. guide administrators with decision-making about their units; and
  5. make sure that student learning and programs are meeting the highest academic standards.

The Office of Institutional Effectiveness and Assessment staff is committed to providing relevant training, research-based guidance about institutional effectiveness and assessment, program reviews, and ideas about institutional improvement to all education and administrative support units at Alcorn State University.


Where should I email documents requested by the Office of Institutional Effectiveness and Assessment?

Requested information should be emailed to assessment@alcorn.edu.

I am confused on how to enter my data into the TracDat system. How can I get hands on assistance?

The Office of Institutional Effectiveness and Assessment offers TracDat workshops in February, June, and October each year. We will send out information regarding workshop dates, times, and locations to the university community about around these months.

Can I use only one measurement method for a desired outcome?

No. Multiple measurements should be used for each outcome. Using more than one measurement will allow you to triangulate your results.

Should my outcome be completely student-centered?

INCORRECT "The program will include instruction on oral communication techniques." (program-centered)

CORRECT "Upon completion of the program, the student will develop necessary oral communication skills." (student-centered)

Can I have multiple focuses for the desired outcome?


INCORRECT "Graduates will be competitive in obtaining employment in a field relevant to their major and admission to a graduate program.

CORRECT "Graduates will be competitive in obtaining employment in a field relevant to their major."

CORRECT "Graduates will be competitive in obtaining admission to a graduate program.

Is there a specific schedule my department can follow to ensure our records are updated?

Yes. The Assessment Cycle can be found at at the "Assessment Cycle" link under Related Information. Keep in mind that you must allow enough time for assessment.

Can student grades be sufficient enough to use for assessment?

No. Grades and assessment are not synonymous. Grades do not provide meaningful data on what the student learned. Assessments provide specific data on the objectives that have been learned.