Resources for Assessment
Manual: Assessment Plans and Improvement Reports (APIR)
Winthrop's Manual for unit and program-level Assessment Plans and Improvement Reports provides information and resources to guide administrators, staff and instructional faculties in documenting assessment finding and linking results to evidence-based actions and improvements.
Current Manual for Assessment Plan and Improvement Reports 2015
Periodic review of academic, administrative, and student life programs ensures that Winthrop staff, faculty and administrators receive actionable feedback on their respective units' performance, effectiveness (of services provided), achievements, and opportunities for continued improvement. Winthrop University's Academic Program Review (APR) website provides information on roles and responsibilities, the stages of APR, and Winthrop's APR schedule. Winthrop's Online Assessment Plan and Improvement Reporting System (OARS 2.0) is the University's centralized location for documenting institutional effectiveness of administrative, student life, and academic units. In the OARS, administrative, student life, and academic units annually summarize program assessment plans, results, and evidence-based decisions/actions. Units also use OARS to document unit-level mechanisms for archiving evidence of assessment results and evidence-based actions/decisions.
Institutional Effectiveness assessments
Graduating Senior Survey
Winthrop University’s Department of Accreditation, Accountability and Academic Services, administers a graduating senior survey twice a year, once in December and once in April/May. All August and December baccalaureate degree candidates receive an email invitation from the Registrar to complete the online graduating senior survey in December, one week prior to commencement. All spring baccalaureate degree candidates receive an email invitation from the Registrar to complete the graduating senior survey in April/May.
National Survey of Student Engagement (NSSE)
The University's institutional alumni survey enables Winthrop graduates to share their achievements in their communities, advanced education, and careers. Institutional alumni surveys are administered every two-three years and provide institutional effectiveness feedback associated with academic, student life, and administrative programs and services. Contact academic college deans or program coordinators for more information about academic degree program alumni surveys.
Personal and Social Responsibility Inventory (PSRI)
As a member of the AAC&U Leadership Consortium on educating students for personal and social responsibility, Winthrop periodically administers the PSRI campus climate inventory to examine the pervasiveness of institutional programs supporting student learning related to personal and social responsibility. Contact firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
Policies and Procedures
The Winthrop Plan (2006): Winthrop's Nature and Character
The Winthrop Plan is the touchstone of our values and principles, continuously reflecting and informing our daily work.
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