The assessment process at the University of Mississippi Medical Center (UMMC) is an on-going, research-based, systematic process that embodies training, a framework for data collection, and internal report review to examine and document effectiveness across education related support services and degree programs on an annual basis in an effort to seek improvement of desired outcomes. The process is managed by the Office of Assessment in the Office of the Associate Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs.
The assessment process is coordinated through two separate assessment cycles, an instructional program (IP) assessment cycle and an administrative-educational support (AES) unit assessment cycle. Both assessment cycles consist of an assessment planning phase and a results phase. The instructional program assessment cycle is conducted throughout the academic year (as appropriate to the program), and the administrative-educational support unit assessment cycle is conducted throughout the fiscal year (July 1-June 30). Both assessment cycles have been implemented to demonstrate continuous quality improvement in student learning/achievement outcomes and support service performance. These assessment cycles have also been put in place to document compliance with the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges (SACSCOC) comprehensive standard 3.3.1, which states:
The institution identifies expected outcomes, assesses the extent to which it achieves those outcomes, and provides evidence of improvement based on analysis of the results in each of the following areas:
(Source: Southern Association of Colleges & Schools Commission on Colleges, Resource Manual 2012)
Areas/departments that support standards 188.8.131.52-184.108.40.206 are assessed in the administrative-educational support (AES) unit assessment cycle, while units that support standard 220.127.116.11 are assessed in the instructional program (IP) assessment cycle.