University Assessment

University Assessment at Tennessee Tech includes many processes to improve student learning, provide feedback for faculty improvement, and present valid reliable data to impact program changes. Centered in Academic Affairs, assessments are implemented in conjunction with THEC Quality Assurance Funding requirements, and SACSCOC accreditation standards.

The Assessment Calendar for the current planning cycle is aligned with reporting requirements, and provides a clear and timely schedule for administration of assessment measures in the planning cycle. Results from assessment data collection are analyzed and organized into the categories on the menu bar to the left. Please see the Assessment Calendar for specific availability of results.

Assessment Calendar 2015-2020

Individual and/or programmatic reports of current data can be produced upon request. Please send any requests to the Director of University Assessment, Dr. Theresa Ennis, tennis@tntech.edu, 931-372-6124.

Assessment Tools

Alumni Survey (Alumni Attitude Study) Focuses on high impact areas, including student experience, overall experience, alumni experience, and demographics. Last implementation 2017; Sample includes all graduates/individuals who have received a degree from Tennessee Tech University.

Adult Learner Survey Gathers data to improve the quality of services for adult learners and improve the diversity of programs with flexible formats. Implementations occur during the spring semester in the academic year. Sample includes individuals greater than 25 years of age who are enrolled at Tennessee Tech University.

California Critical Thinking Skills Test (CCTST) Used as the current senior exit Exam. The test objectively and reliably measures core reasoning skills for reflective decision making, including analysis, inference, evaluation, induction, deduction, interpretation, explanation, and numeracy. Implemented fall and spring semesters in the academic year at the college level. Sample includes all senior graduating cohorts.

Faculty Survey of Student Engagement (FSSE) Measures the nature and frequency of staff-student interactions, how staff organize their time in and out of the classroom, the importance staff place on various areas of learning and development, and perceptions of how often students engage in different activities. Implemented twice in the 5 year cycle during the spring semester (2016 and 2018). Sample includes FT faculty who taught either lower or upper division courses during the time frame. 

National Survey of Student Engagement (NSSE) Provides an estimate of how undergraduates spend their time and what they gain from attending college. Implemented during the spring semester (2015, 2016, 2018, and 2019). Sample includes first year and senior students.

Teaching/Course Evaluations (IDEA SRI Campus Labs) Records student responses on their progress made on learning objectives, what methods they observed taught in class, their own motivation, habits, and perceived work difficulty, and their overall rating of the instructor and the class. Results drive teaching and learning resources for faculty development and improvement of teaching. Implementation occurs at the end of every semester (last 2 weeks of courses). Sample includes all students enrolled in any courses at the university or online.

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