Important Dates

September 1, 2013 - 2010-2011 WEAVE Cycle Open
January 15, 2014 - All Academic and Student Affairs Units - Measures entered or edited into the WEAVE system
June 1, 2014 - All Academic and Student Affairs Units - Findings entered or edited into the WEAVE system
August 1, 2014 - Action Plans for Appropriate Findings entered into WEAVE

All Academic Affairs and Student Affairs areas must have at least one action plan for this year.

 

Student Learning is central to the mission of TCU. The assessment of our students' learning is not only a source of evidence that demonstrates our effectiveness in achieving our mission; it is, more importantly, a process and a tool for improving student learning.

Assessment of student learning occurs at three interrelated levels:

  • Institutional Assessment: a measure of the institution's overall effectiveness in achieving its educational mission. See the TCU Institutional Priorities for more information.
  • Departmental/Unit/Program Assessment: a process for measuring and improving the effectiveness of meeting student learning goals established for an academic program.
  • Classroom Assessment: a technique an individual instructor applies to improve student learning in his or her classroom based on establishing learning goals and measuring achievement of learning.

Our History
The Office for Assessment and Quality Enhancement (AQE) at TCU was established in 2001 as part of an overall campus commitment to continuous quality improvement of instructional programs and curricula. The AQE is responsible for providing support services to all academic units in their assessment efforts and will serve as an assessment resource to educational support units on an ad hoc basis.

Mission Statement
The Office for Assessment and Quality Enhancement serves to enhance student learning and institutional effectiveness at TCU by providing leadership and assistance to the campus community in assessment activities.

Policy on Substantive Change -
Texas Christian University welcomes the expansion of academic opportunities through the development of programs and/or courses offered to students. Substantive change is defined as a significant modification or expansion of the nature and scope of an accredited institution. TCU must report intended substantive changes to its major accrediting body, the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools (SACS), and obtain approval prior to the implementation of the program. The following procedure must be followed:

Approval by appropriate department/unit

  • Approval by appropriate dean/college curriculum committee
  • Approval from the Undergraduate or Graduate Council
  • Approval from the University Council
  • Submission to the Office for Institutional Effectiveness for Provost approval and reporting to SACS

Depending on the nature of the change, it must be report to SACS as “notification” and/or for “approval” in a timely manner. All submissions must be coordinated by the Office for Institutional Effectiveness.

Office Functions
To coordinate and support an ongoing, systematic program of institutional evaluation and assessment of student achievement, and facilitate the incorporation of the findings into the planning and accreditation processes;

To support a broad based, comprehensive, program of institutional planning;

To publish assessment research and maintain an active role in professional organizations;

To engage in community outreach activities that promote the institutional mission.

To work with the Quality Enhancement Committee (QEC) to promote assessment of the ongoing programs and resulting student learning.

Accreditation
Texas Christian University is accredited by the Commission on Colleges of the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools to award baccalaureate, masters, doctoral degrees. Contact the Commission on Colleges at 1866 Southern Lane, Decatur, Georgia 30033-4097 or call 404-679-4500 for questions about the accreditation of Texas Christian University.

Program-related Accreditations
Several individual programs and departments are accredited by discipline specific bodies.

  • Accrediting Council of Education in Journalism and Mass Communication (Schieffer School of Journalism)
  • American Chemical Society (B.S. in Chemistry)
  • ASHA Council on Academic Accreditation (Department of Communication Sciences and Disorders)
  • Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (Neeley School of Business)
  • Texas Board of Nursing (Nursing)
  • Commission on Accreditation of Athletic Training Education (Athletic Training Program)
  • Accreditation Council for Education in Nutrition and Dietetics (ACEND) of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics (Coordinated Program in Dietetics; Didactic Program in Dietetics) (Department of Nutritional Sciences)
  • Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (Nursing)
  • Computing Accreditation Commission of the Accreditation Board for Engineering and Technology (B.S. in Computer Science)
  • Council for Interior Design Accreditation (Interior Design Program in the Department of Design, Merchandising and Textiles)
  • Council on Accreditation of Nurse Anesthesia Educational Programs (School of Nurse Anesthesia)
  • Council on Social Work Education (Department of Social Work)
  • Engineering Accreditation Commission of the Accreditation Board for Engineering and Technology (B.S. in Engineering)
  • National Association of Schools of Music (School of Music)
  • Southern Association of Colleges and Schools, Council on Accreditation and School Improvement (Starpoint School)
  • Texas Association of Non-public Schools (Starpoint School)
  • Southern Association of Independent Schools (Starpoint School)
  • Texas Education Association (College of Education)
  • American Association of Colleges of Nursing (DNP)
  • University and College Intensive English Programs (Intensive English Program)
  • American Association of Intensive English Programs (Intensive English Program)
  • National Association of Schools of Art and Design (Department of Art and Art History)
  • National Association for the Education of Young Children (Starpoint School)
  • National Association of Schools of Dance (School of Classical and Contemporary Dance)