Assessment at Miami University
Assessment at Miami University is designed around the idea of full-cycle assessment. Rather than viewing assessment as a one-time project to be completed, full-cycle assessment regards assessment as a continuous cycle, in which the information gathered is used to redesign courses and programs in order to enhance student learning and development. This information is gathered from multiple perspectives using a three-tiered model.
In line with this fundamental philosophy of assessment, CELTUA is dedicated to assisting faculty and staff who are engaged in assessment and who are committed to continuously improving students' education. Assessment staff provide guidance on the design, implentation, analysis, and use of assessment through a multitude of projects, workshops, and consultations.
CELTUA provides assistance in the following areas:
- Assessment Briefs are one-page news briefs that highlight current assessment projects or provide information about how to conduct assessment projects.
- Assessment Seminars are workshops that provide useful information on how to design, conduct, and utilize the results of assessment. See the CELTUA calendar for upcoming events.
- Web resources: The Assessment Basics page provides general assessment guidance, including sample rubrics and answers to frequently asked questions. Also search the CELTUA Library, the Journal on Excellence in College Teaching, and Teaching Resources. See also our collection of video recordings and podcasts from previous CELTUA seminars.
We encourage you to contact us at celt@MiamiOH.edu or 513-529-9266 if you would like support with your assessment activities. Additional information on assessment and the services offered by CELTUA can be found below.
CELTUA provides consultations on a variety of assessment-related issues, including those identified below as well as others. More information visit staff available for assessment consultation.
Miami is a member of the Presidents' Alliance for Excellence in Student Learning and Accountability. Institutions joining the Presidents' Alliance for Excellence in Student Learning and Accountability are publicly making a commitment to significantly improve assessment of, and accountability for, student learning outcomes on their campuses Each of the following projects uses assessment as a tool for gathering information about student learning and development in order to continuously improve student learning.
- Outcomes in the Majors
- New Course Approval Process
- Small Assessment Projects previously supported by the Liberal Education office
- The Student Success Plan
- College of Arts and Sciences Competencies Initiative
The Liberal Education office will be responsible for:
- Miami Plan Assessment
- The Assessing Critical Thinking (ACT) project, in collaboration with CELTUA
- First Year Seminar Assessment
- Diversity Outcomes for the Miami Plan Working Group: Final Report to Provost
Other Miami Offices Supporting Teaching, Learning and Assessment
- Center for Teaching and Learning (Middletown campus) (http://www.mid.MiamiOH.edu/ctl/)
- Institutional Diversity (http://www.miami.MiamiOH.edu/documents_and_policies/diversity)
- Division of Student Affairs (http://www.units.MiamiOH.edu/saf/)
- Office of Institutional Research (http://www.units.MiamiOH.edu/oir/)
- Roger and Joyce Howe Center for Writing Excellence (http://www.units.MiamiOH.edu/cwe/)
Learn more about Miami University's philosophy of assessment in the Assessment Task Force Final Report (2004) and in the Report of the Regional Campus Assessment Task Force (2007). For a report on the status of assessment practices nationwide, please see "More than you Think, Less than we Need" by Kuh and Ikenberrry.