University Assessment

WEAVEonline Assessment System

Lamar University is currently in the process of switching from WEAVEonline to the newer Weave Education software with full implementation for the 2019-2020 academic year.

WEAVE Login Link

2017-2018 WEAVE Report Rubric

2017-2018 WEAVE Plan Rubric

WEAVE Action Plan Flow Chart

Tips for Completing Assessment Plan In WEAVE

WEAVE Plan and Report Due Dates

WEAVE Online Glossary

WEAVE User Guide

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.

Log into SmartEvals

2017-2018 SmartEvals Response Rates

Core Curriculum Assessment

The new core curriculum was fully implemented across the State of Texas beginning Fall 2014 with all incoming freshment students to Texas public institutions completing the new core curriculum requirements.

 

Lamar University's General Education Core Curriculum Satisfies the criteria for compliance with the Mandates of the Texas State Senate and the rules, recommendations and statement of the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board found in Chapter 4 B §4.28-4.31. The required objectives are stated as:

  • Critical Thinking Skills - to include creative thinking, innovation, inquiry, and analysis, evaluation and synthesis of information
  • Communication Skills - to include effective development, interpretation and expression of ideas through written, oral and visual communication
  • Empirical and Quantitative Skills - to include the manipulation and analysis of numerical data or observable facts resulting in informed conclusions
  • Teamwork - to include the ability to consider different points of view and to work effectively with others to support a shared purpose or goal
  • Social Responsibility - to include intercultural competence, knowledge of civic responsibility, and the ability to engage effectively in regional, national, and global communities
  • Personal Responsibility - to include the ability to connect choices, actions and consequences to ethical decision-making (Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board, 2013

Undergraduate Academic Policies and Procedures

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. 

Charge: The University Institutional Effectiveness Committee shall report to the provost and president on expected outcomes, assessment, and evidence of improvement in all divisions and areas of university operation. Members are appointed by the president and include faculty assessment representatives from each college, the Deans’ Council, the Faculty Senate, the Staff Council, and office of planning and assessment. In addition, each administrative unit evaluated shall have a representative. The chair is also appointed by the President.

Membership & Reporting: Members are appointed from each college, Faculty Senate, Staff Senate, & representative administrative units. Chair is appointed by the President; charge to Committee given by President; recommendations from Committee presented to President.

University Institutional Effectiveness Committee

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/

2017 Lamar University NSSE Data

2017 NSSE Engagement Indicators

2017 NSSE High Impact Practices

2017 NSSE Multi-Year Report

2017 NSSE-FSSE Combined Report

2016 Lamar University NSSE Data

2016 NSSE Engagement Indicators

2016 NSSE High Impact Practices

2016 NSSE-FSSE Combined Report

2013 Lamar University NSSE Data

2013 NSSE Engagement Indicators

2013 NSSE High Impact Practices

2013 NSSE-FSSE Combined Report

 

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.

2017 Lamar University FSSE Data

2017 FSSE Frequencies

2017 FSSE Snapshot

2017 NSSE-FSSE Combined Report

2016 Lamar University FSSE Data

2016 FSSE Frequencies

2016 FSSE Snapshot

2016 NSSE-FSSE Combined Report

2013 Lamar University FSSE Data

2013 FSSE Frequencies

2013 FSSE Snapshot

2013 NSSE-FSSE Combined Report

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.

http://www.collegeportraits.org/TX/LU