Academic Affairs

Assessment at ECU

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Annual Assessment Reporting Process

All academic and support assessment units conduct ongoing assessment and analysis of outcomes according to the ECU Institutional Effectiveness Assessment Process which outlines the annual assessment reporting and review cycles, defines the required components of the assessment report, and describes the purpose and scope of the Institutional Assessment Advisory Council (IAAC).

Annual assessment reports are due in Nuventive Improve (formerly called TracDat) no later than May 15 (for 9-month faculty) or June 15 (for 12-month faculty) for educational programs, and August 1 for all support units. Internal unit deadlines may be earlier. A complete assessment report for each active means of assessment includes:

  • Actions Taken in the Reporting Year
  • Results
  • Analysis of Results
  • Actions Planned for Next Reporting Year
This graphic depicts our annual assessment report and review cycle:
Assessment Review and Reporting Cycle graphic

Assessment Review Committee (ARC) Process

On March 28, 2013 the Academic Council approved the Assessment Review Committee (ARC) structure in order to facilitate the institutional effectiveness assessment process at East Carolina University. Each major academic or administrative area/division determines the membership and length of service for its ARC. The duties of the ARC include:

  • Reviewing and evaluating the quality of assessment reports using the approved university's rubric.
  • Working with ARC chair to provide IA with a summary of the highlights and areas for improvement that emerged during the annual assessment review process.
ARC Reviews are completed by October 15th. Review rating are examined by Institutional Assessment and results are shared with IAAC. Units have until December 15th to make revisions to their reports in Nuventive Improve. In an effort to improve our process and assessment reports a sample of reports are reviewed for changes made based upon review feedback. Final versions of assessment reports are archived by Institutional Assessment.

Assessment Review Committees

Academic Units/Divisions ARCs

Brody School of Medicine

 College of Education 

College of Allied Health Sciences

 College of Nursing 

College of Fine Arts & Communication 

 Harriot College of Arts & Sciences

School of Dental Medicine 

 College of Health & Human Performance 

College of Engineering & Technology 

 College of Business 

Administrative Support Units/Divisions ARCs

 Academic Affairs

 Administration & Finance 

Chancellor's Division

 Division of Health Sciences 

Division of Research,
Economic Development, and Engagement 

 Division of Student Affairs                                 

Division of University Advancement 

General Education Assessment

The Institutional Assessment Advisory Council (IAAC) working group on General Education Assessment has designed and implemented a program level assessment process of General Education at ECU. Members worked closely with the General Education and Instructional Effectiveness Council and faculty who teach general education courses to design a data collection process for student artifacts and course syllabi, which includes a secondary review process. Each year results from two general education competency areas are carefully analyzed and paired with supporting institutional data prior to dissemination. Institutional Assessment supports departments in the creation and documentation of action plans to improve student learning. 

Program Reviews

Academic Program Review

The purpose of the seven-year review of all undergraduate and graduate programs in a department/school is to engage faculty in a reflective process of thoughtful study and evaluation of program quality and alignment to commitments in support of our students and the region. Academic program review is an integral part of the university's ongoing assessment and strategic planning processes designed to enhance the quality of all educational programs. Programs that are periodically reviewed by an external accrediting body are not part of the formal APR process described here. Rather, reports from these external accreditations satisfy program review reporting requirements and are archived by the SACSCOC liaison in IPAR.

Support Unit Program Review

The purpose of Support Unit Program Review (SUPR) is to engage staff, faculty and administrators in a reflective process of thoughtful study and evaluation of program quality and alignment to ECU's values, mission and commitments in support of our students and the region. Program review of administrative support units is an integral part of the university's ongoing assessment and strategic planning processes designed to enhance the quality of operational functions. 

Centers and Institutes Program Review

All UNC system designated centers and institutes must undergo a comprehensive review every 5 years. This comprehensive review provides independent assessment of the overall effectiveness and impact of centers and institutes relative to ECU's mission and strategic goals, resources allocation, productivity relative to the resources available, specific strengths and weaknesses relative to similar entities at other institutions, and opportunities for improving performance and growing the enterprise. 


IPAR offers its survey expertise to conduct or assist with surveys designed to help evaluate and enhance ECU academic programs and services. This includes large-scale surveys which target current faculty, staff and students, as well as ECU alumni. As a third-party, IPAR is in a special position to administer, collect and tabulate survey information to further ensure the confidentiality of the data provided by survey respondents, and this can encourage higher response rates.