Mission and Goals
Assessment is part of the Office of Institutional Research and Assessment (IRA) that is a rich partnership developed over the last 20 years. IRA serves as the analytical arm of Old Dominion University's central administration in its effort to become a learning organization. As a part of its function, IRA assists in systematically planning the University's future, managing its resources, and assessing its performance. The mission of the Assessment Program is to provide leadership and support for all academic and administrative units in assessing student learning and satisfaction as part of a continuous quality improvement program designed to improve learning and teaching and meet accreditation standards.
More specifically, the goals of the Assessment Program are to assist in assessing: (1) learning outcomes of each academic program and efficiency and effectiveness outcomes of each administrative unit using WEAVE, our new web-based assessment management tool; (2) attainment of outcomes of the general education program through assessment in six competency areas (writing proficiency, technical / information literacy, quantitative reasoning, scientific reasoning, oral communication, and critical thinking) (3) learning outcomes related to the University's accreditation by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools - Commission on Colleges (SACS/COC) and specialized accreditations held by several colleges and individual academic programs; (4) entering students' potential for academic success and persistence; (5) overall student satisfaction in a variety of academic and support areas; and, (6) alumni satisfaction with the education received at the University.
Assessment results are consistently used for program improvement.