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List of All Assessments

1. Program Assessment

What it measures: Student performance on program learning outcomes.
Who created the program: Educators have always assessed what students learn, but more recently the public is seeking greater accountability.
Who urges RIC to conduct it: Regional, state and professional accrediting bodies.
How is it conducted: Faculty choose how to conduct assessment. Departments can use True Outcomes, but are not required to do so.
How are faculty involved: Faculty in every department and program conduct outcomes assessment. Faculty design assessment activities and measures, develop benchmarks to be achieved and based on achievement of learning outcomes, plan program improvements.
What we learn from the data: How to understand and improve student learning.

2. VSA - Voluntary System of Accountability / College Portrait

What it measures: Characteristics of institutions and students, cost of attendance, student engagement with the learning process, and  core educational outcomes.
Who created the program: American Association of State Colleges and Universities  National Asso. of State Universities and Land-Grant Colleges
Who urges RIC to conduct it: Various accreditation organizations suggest participation in the VSA, or publication of  relevant assessment data  via some other means, may forestall/eliminated mandatory reporting requirements by DOE
How is it conducted: Gather data from institutional research and other RIC offices.  Also, input CLA data.
How are faculty involved: Curriculum development.
What we learn from the data: Compare RIC to other collages on a variety of factors.

3. National Survey of Student Engagement (NSSE)

What it measures: Effective educational practices with focus on five major areas: Active and Collaborative Learning, Academic Challenge, Student-Faculty Interaction, Enriching Education Experiences, and Supportive Campus Environment.
Who created the program: Center for Post-Secondary Research at Indiana University-Bloomington
Who urges RIC to conduct it: OHE and the VSA project
How is it conducted: NSSE administers the web/paper based survey to a random sample of freshmen and seniors (biennial--odd years)
How are faculty involved: Committee on Student Life.
What we learn from the data: Helps RIC set priorities that are closely aligned with effective learning practices and student satisfaction.

4. Cooperative Institutional Research Program (CIRP) Freshman Survey.

What it measures: The survey is used to compile a profile of our entering freshmen students. The results of the survey are to inform us about the characteristics of this new population to help us serve them better.
Who created the program: The survey is administered by UCLA’s Higher Education Research Institute (HERI). RIC has been participating since the 70’s.
Who urges RIC to conduct it: HERI
How is it conducted: The survey is conducted every year. It is administered in paper (scantron) form during summer orientation. The orientation staff with guidance from Sue McAllister in OASIS, administer the survey and IR submits the completed forms to UCLA for processing.
How are faculty involved: none
What we learn from the data: Parental income and education, ethnicity, and other demographic items; financial aid; secondary school achievement and activities; educational and career plans; and values, attitudes, beliefs, and self-concept.

5. Student Census Survey

What it measures: Supplements the (CIRP-ACE) and NSSE. Provide a better picture of who our students are and was designed to ask about services and programs. For example, when the new advising program came out, the survey provided us with useful data about the strengths and weaknesses of the program.
Who created the program: The survey was created many years ago by the IR office.
Who urges RIC to conduct it: Student Life
How is it conducted: Conducted biannually (even years), alternating with the administration of the NSSE, online. The students are sent an email invitation with the survey link included in the email.
How are faculty involved: Dean of Students office assists in getting the word out about the survey and therefore maybe in touch with some faculty.
What we learn from the data: Academic and student life satisfaction & engagement.

6. Grad Fest survey

What it measures: Career-related actions while at RIC and post graduation goals
Who created the program: Linda Kent Davis
Who urges RIC to conduct it: President Carrioulo
How is it conducted: On paper at senior week.
How are faculty involved: Deans were shown the draft questions and invited to supplement.
What we learn from the data: Where grads go, their perception of connection between their choice of major and position, their perception of the impact of internships or research (if they engaged in either) on employment or grad admissions.

7. Graduate Placement Survey

What it measures: 6 months placement survey is to identify first destinations for a graduating class (both undergraduate and graduate students) – whether that is work (full- or part-time), still searching, graduate school, or other.
Who created the program: RIC Career Center
Who urges RIC to conduct it: President Carrioulo
How is it conducted: 6 months after the May graduation, post card invitations to recent grads with link to survey. Also, follow-up phone calls and email. The link to the survey was also RIC web site.
How are faculty involved: Deans were shown the draft questions and invited to supplement
What we learn from the data: Where grads go, their perception of connection between their choice of major and position, their perception of the impact of internships or research (if they engaged in either) on employment or grad admissions.

8. Educational Benchmarking Institute Student Employee Survey

What it measures: Student outcomes and employee satisfaction. Also, these Learning Outcomes:  Empathy; Self-Knowledge and Skills; Personal Competence; Diverse Interactions; Support; Quality of Supervision; Collaborations with Co-Workers; Overall Evaluation of Experience. Student employees from the Student Union, Office of Residential Life and Housing, Campus Store and Adams Library.
Who created the program: Outside LinkEducational Benchmarking (EBI) is the company that owns and administers MAP-Works.
Who urges RIC to conduct it: Student Affairs. The Student Union is an institutional member of ACUI (American College Unions – International).
How is it conducted: On-line
How are faculty involved: none
What we learn from the data: The assessment allows participating RI College departments to understand the impact of campus employment, for student employees, on: Satisfaction with the employment relationship; Learning Outcomes; Overall Evaluation of Experience.

9. AlcoholEdu® Report

Visit Outside LinkAlcoholEdu.
What it measures: Student outcomes (alcohol attitudes and behaviors)
Who created the program: Outside The Classroom, Inc.
Who urges RIC to conduct it: Dean of Students.
How is it conducted: Incoming freshmen complete an online survey.
How are faculty involved: Office of Health Promotion.
What we learn from the data: Student knowledge of the effects of alcohol consumption.

10. Residential Life Quality of Life Survey

What it measures: Resident satisfaction levels (likert scale).
Who created the program: One of the RIC hall directors as part of her graduate program. It will be conducted it biannually as a way to gage satisfaction levels of residents. We turn over a large portion of our population after two years.
Who urges RIC to conduct it: Resident Life
How is it conducted: Surveymonkey. All residents were sent email from our Residence Life and encouraged to participate in survey.
How are faculty involved: none.
What we learn from the data: Levels of satisfaction in areas of housing facilities, housekeeping, staff, RA events, other operational aspects of res life and housing.

11. LGBT Campus Climate Survey

What it measures: Students’ awareness and perception of the effectiveness of LGBTQ support services at RIC.
Who created the program: RIC Unity Center as a component of the LGBTQ Baseline grant project
Who urges RIC to conduct it: RI Foundation Equity Action Fund and the RIC Unity Center.
How is it conducted: Spring 2012 via an optional online Survey Monkey questionnaire distributed to the entire RIC student body in the spring of 2012.
How are faculty involved: MSW consultation.
What we learn from the data: Helps to identify areas for improvement in the delivery of services and understand the efficacy and reception of current LGBTQ support services.

12. Dining Services Satisfaction Survey

What it measures: A baseline for Dining Service’s management to identify customer perception and satisfaction
Who created the program: Dining Service’s management team.
Who urges RIC to conduct it: Dining Service’s management team.
How is it conducted: The initial survey was conducted electronically and focused on Residents.
How are faculty involved: Faculty were not directly involved in the design, development or execution of this survey
What we learn from the data: The data revealed many areas where our Residents recognize the service improvements and new products offered. The data also identified areas where further improvements can be made to benefit our customers. We have already begun addressing many of these areas of opportunity such as later services, healthier choices in all venues and vending machines.

13. Health Services Patient Survey

What it measures: Attempt to document whether the services had any effect on the academic outcomes of our students. Give the staff feedback about their performance and how they are perceived by students. Elicit feedback from students about additional services they thought should be provided.
Who created the program: Lynn Watchel
Who urges RIC to conduct it: Health Services
How is it conducted: on-going
How are faculty involved: None
What we learn from the data: The great majority of students were very satisfied with Health Services but a few complained about the wait times to be seen. Most also felt that visits to Health Services had at least some effect on their academic success in terms of not missing classes, going off-campus for appointments or just making better lifestyle changes.

14. Disability Services Client Survey

What it measures: student outcomes and satisfaction with services
Who created the program: *
Who urges RIC to conduct it: *
How is it conducted: biennial--even years
How are faculty involved: *
What we learn from the data: *

Page last updated: June 20, 2012