Assessment at Texas A&M

All degree-granting programs, degree-dependent and standalone certificates, and many of the administrative and student support units at Texas A&M University participate in the assessment process.

The purpose of assessment is not to gather data, to report the completion of required operations, or even to place a value judgment on student performance. At its root, assessment is "an intentional, systematic  collection, review, and use of information about educational programs undertaken for the purpose of improving student learning and development, or in the case of administrative and student support units, to improve operations, efficiency, and satisfaction" (taken from Palomba and Banta, 1999).

Texas A&M University utilizes AEFIS as the assessment reporting mechanism through which departments and programs document their outcomes, measures, findings, and data-informed actions.

What does "good assessment" look like?

The assessment cycle is the process by which departments and programs gather and evaluate data (i.e., student-produced work, survey results, process evaluations, etc.) aligned with their outcomes to inform the continuous improvement of their curriculum, pedagogy, and operations. In the AEFIS system, the following are reported: Program Mission, Outcomes, Measures, Targets, Findings, Data-Informed Actions, and Assessment Reflections and Closing the Loop.

Examples of units at Texas A&M University that have excelled at documenting their assessment processes are available for academic programs and administrative units.