OHSU is committed to achieving and maintaining the highest level of quality in all of its academic programs and ensuring that our academic assessment activities and processes are transparent to both internal and external stakeholders.
To support this commitment, OHSU Assessment Council is a standing committee advising the Provost/Vice President for Academic Affairs on matters concerning institution-wide assessment of educational programs, student learning outcomes, and the resources needed to support such assessments.The Assessment Council ensures that academic assessment and accountability are institutional priorities and supports OHSU's mission to educate health care professionals, scientists, and leaders in top-tier positions (charge approved Nov 2011).
The responsibilities of the OHSU Assessment Council shall be to:
- Contribute to the self-study process required to maintain the university's regional accreditation by the Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities (NWCCU);
- Implement standards for assessment of educational programs and student learning outcomes at the program level;
- Develop mechanisms by which academic units and programs can engage in academic program review contributing to the continuous improvement of their program offerings and student outcomes;
- Ensure clarity, specificity, functionality and alignment of the programmatic evaluation and student assessment practices with OHSU's mission and strategic goals; and
- Monitor the established educational assessment process and performance outcomes data from a university-wide perspective forwarding analysis to the Deans' Council and Provost for consideration and integration into the overall University strategic planning process.
As needed, the Assessment Council will recommend improvements in instruction, staffing, curriculum, and student and academic services to the OHSU Provost and Vice President of Academic Affairs. The full charter can be viewed here. OHSU Assessment Council reports to the OHSU Academic & Student Affairs Council (David Robinson, Chair) and current members include:
Central Service Supports:
Tanya Ostrogorsky, Ed.D. (Provost Office – Assessment Council Chair) 503-494-6567
Thomas Boudrot, Ed.D. (Teaching & Learning Center) 503-494-4627
Susan Adams. M.Ed (Teaching & Learning Center) 503-494-1286
Sarah Melton M.Ed. (Teaching & Learning Center) 503-494-2527
School Assessment Partners:
David Bearden (College of Pharmacy)
Phyllis Beemsterboer (School of Dentistry)
Allison Fryer (School of Medicine – Graduate Studies)
Paula Gubrud-Howe (School of Nursing)
Claire Hull (Physician Assistant Program)
Diane Stadler (Graduate Programs in Human Nutrition, Radiation Therapy, and Paramedic Education)
Student Learning Outcomes (SLO) Assessment
To ensure the highest levels of quality, all academic programs create and implement assessment plans that articulate student learning outcomes and assessment activities for determining student achievement of outcomes. Additionally, all academic programs reflect on student assessment and program statistical data as part of an annual reflection and review process.
The OHSU Assessment Plan has several components all of which are designed to support processes in which OHSU academic programs engage in meaningful data-driven program improvement as well as meet our regional accrediting bodies' standards.Specifically regarding SLOs, NWCCU:
- Standard 2: Resources and Capacity - Educational Resources
"By documenting the adequacy of its resources and capacity, the institution demonstrates the potential to fulfill its mission, accomplish its core theme objectives, and achieve the intended outcomes of its programs and services, wherever offered and however delivered. Through its governance and decision-making structures, the institution establishes, reviews regularly, and revises, as necessary, policies and procedures that promote effective management and operation of the institution."
- Standard 4: Effectiveness and Improvement – Assessment and Improvement
"The institution regularly and systematically collects data related to clearly defined indicators of achievement, analyzes those data, and formulates evidence-based evaluations of the achievement of core theme objectives. It demonstrates clearly defined procedures for evaluating the integration and significance of institutional planning, the allocation of resources, and the application of capacity in its activities for achieving the intended outcomes of its programs and services and for achieving its core theme objectives. The institution disseminates assessment results to its constituencies and uses those results to effect improvement."