Assessment and Evaluation
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, and comply with OHSU policy regarding Student Learning Outcomes and Assessment, 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:
- Implement standards for assessment of educational programs and student learning outcomes;
- Develop mechanisms by which academic units and programs engage in assessment of student learning outcomes 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;
- 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; and
- Contribute to the self-study process required to maintain the university's regional accreditation by the Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities (NWCCU);
As needed, the Assessment Council will recommend improvements in instruction, staffing, curriculum, and student and academic services to the OHSU Provost. The full charter can be viewed here. OHSU Assessment Council reports to the OHSU Academic & Student Affairs Council (David Robinson, Chair).
Phyllis Beemsterboer, M.S., Ed.D. (School of Dentistry)
Thomas Boudrot, Ed.D (Teaching & Learning Center)
Tracy Bumsted, M.D., M.P.H. (School of Medicine - Undergraduate Medical Education)
Allison Fryer Ph.D
Paula Gubrud-Howe, R.N., Ed.D. (School of Nursing)
Claire Hull, M.H.S., PA-C (Physician Assistant Program)
Kristin Lutz, R.N., Ph.D. (School of Nursing - Faculty Senator)
Lisa Marriott, Ph.D. (School of Medicine - Graduate Programs)
Glenise McKenzie, R.N., M.N., Ph.D. (School of Nursing - Undergraduate Programs)
Rose McPharlin, D.D.S. (School of Dentistry - Predoctoral Programs)
Sarah Melton M.Ed (Teaching & Learning Center)
Tanya Ostrogorsky, Ed.D (Provost Office – Assessment Council Chair)
Diane Stadler, Ph.D., R.D. (School of Medicine - Health Professions)
Timothy Svec, D.D.S. (School of Dentistry)
Teresa Turnbull, D.N.P., F.N.P-C, D.C.C. (School of Nursing - Graduate Programs)
Dedra Daehn, M.S. (Assistant Vice Provost for Accreditation)
Cherie Honnell, (Vice Provost of Enrollment and Academic Programs)
Anna Teske, M.P.A. (Assistant Vice Provost for Academic Approval and Policy)
Documents and Forms
|Student Learning Outcomes (SLO)|
|OHSU Student Learning Outcomes & Assessment Policy|
|Assessment Plan Reporting|
|Reporting Timelines (AY 2012-2015)||
Instructions for Accessing Xitracs Programs Module
PORTAL ACCESS: https://ohsu.xitracs.net/portal.htm
|Program Reporting Requirements||
|Assessment Plan Instructions||
|Assessment Plan Template||
|OHSU Scoring Rubrics & Feedback Tools|
|SLO Scoring Rubric (Part 3)||
Assessment Plan Feedback Form
(Parts 4 and 5)
|Examples & Templates|
|Assessment Plan Example - DMD|
|Assessment Plan Example - PA|
|Assessment Plan Example - SOM PhD|
Reports and Minutes
|Cycle 1 (AY 12-13) Assessment Council Summary Report
|Cycle 2 (AY 13-14) Assessment Council Summary Report
|Assessment Council Minutes 2012-Current
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."