WEAVEonline Assessment System
We use WEAVEonline to address the need to develop and maintain continuous improvement processes for both the academic and administrative structures at Lamar University.
Online Course Evaluations
Lamar University uses SmartEvals, an online course evaluation software, which provides colleges and universities with instructor and course evaluations. A web-based software application, SmartEvals is designed with cutting-edge technology that provides tremendous levels of flexibility and customization for different divisions and course types in both survey setup and reporting.
The goal of online course evaluations is to improve the culture of course evaluations, by offering a customizable internet-based solution that will provide better information for faculty and administrators to make data-driven decisions. Research indicates that students perceive a third party as offering greater assurances of anonymity compared to a program hosted by the school. The results are higher participation, more thought out responses, and a larger bank of usable data.
Core Curriculum Assessment
A statewide change to the core curriculum is currently being developed. This section of our website provides valuable and current information during this process. The new core curriculum will be fully implemented across the State of Texas beginning Fall 2014.
University Institutional Effectiveness Committee (UIEC)
The responsibility of the University Institutional Effectiveness Committee is to develop, continuously improve, and provide oversight for the university's assessment procedures and practices at every level and in every aspect of university operations, and to make pertinent recommendations to the appropriate university entities and personnel.
National Survey of Student Engagement (NSSE)
Through its student survey, The College Student Report, NSSE annually collects information at hundreds of four-year colleges and universities about student participation in programs and activities that institutions provide for their learning and personal development. The results provide an estimate of how undergraduates spend their time and what they gain from attending college.
NSSE provides participating institutions a variety of reports that compare their students' responses with those of students at self-selected groups of comparison institutions. Comparisons are available for individual survey questions and the five NSSE Benchmarks of Effective Educational Practice. Each November, NSSE also publishes its Annual Results, which reports topical research and trends in student engagement results. NSSE researchers also present and publish research findingsthroughout the year.www.nsse.iub.edu/
Faculty Survey of Student Engagement (FSSE)
The Faculty Survey of Student Engagement (FSSE) was designed to complement the National Survey of Student Engagement (NSSE), which is administered to undergraduate students. This instructional staff version (for faculty, instructors, and graduate students who teach) focuses on:
- Instructional staff perceptions of how often students engage in different activities.
- The importance instructional staff place on various areas of learning and development.
- The nature and frequency of instructional staff-student interactions.
- How instructional staff organize their time, both in and out of the classroom.
The project is coordinated by the Indiana University Center for Postsecondary Research. FSSE is designed to measure instructional staff expectations for student engagement in educational practices that are empirically linked with high levels of learning and development.
Since 2003, more than 250,000 instructional staff from more than 800 institutions have responded to FSSE.
Voluntary System of Accountability
The Voluntary System of Accountability (VSA) is an initiative by public 4-year universities to supply clear, accessible,and comparable information on the undergraduate student experience to important constituencies through a common web report – the College Portrait.