Assessment, Research & Evaluation Group: Overview

The Assessment, Research & Evaluation Group's mission is to support excellence in undergraduate education by providing information on and analysis of undergraduate students, programs, and polices for use in planning and decision making by the Dean of the Division of Undergraduate Education, the Academic Senate, and other campus leaders. Through our work, we promote the importance of systematic inquiry, evidence-based decision making, and continuous improvement of undergraduate education. Most of our projects are collaborative, involving faculty, staff, and administrators both from within and outside the Division--we value building a shared responsibility for the success of our undergraduates.

In fulfilling our mission and promoting these values, we draw primarily from the fields of assessment, research, and evaluation. Below, you can learn more about our work centering on the assessment of student learning, analytical research, and program and curricular research.

Assessment

Over the last several years, UCI has increasingly taken a more systematic and coordinated approach to student learning assessment, as detailed at this site. Our unit has been central to the conceptualization and initiation of assessment activity at the undergraduate level and now, in cooperation with the Assessment Committee, in the full implementation of assessment at the program level. Throughout this time, we have worked to frame assessment as a means of improving our academic programs and curricula and engaging faculty and administrators in the conversation on explicating what our students have learned and how best to act on our findings. Some examples of our assessment work include programs' development of student learning outcomes, assessment plans, and reports; the Assessment Grant Program; the Assessment Information Management System (AIMS); and our year-end event, the Assessment Colloquy (2010, 2011, 2012), and 2011 Richard Light visit.

Research

Since its inception, our office has been engaged in a wide array of research projects related to undergraduate education. We have conducted analytical studies on, for example, student course enrollment; graduation, retention, and time-to-degree; transfer students; study abroad; instructional technology; racial and ethnic diversity; faculty and staff and student civic engagement; and academic honesty. We routinely respond to ad hoc requests for data analysis and/or research project administration from the Dean of the Division of Undergraduate Education and other administrators, faculty, and staff, while also coordinating certain projects on a regular basis. One of our largest recurring projects is the bi-annual University of California Undergraduate Experiences Survey (UCUES).

Evaluation

We are also engaged in a variety of evaluation projects, focusing primarily on programs serving undergraduates, including classroom-based, co-curricular, and extra-curricular programs. Examples include projects on the quality of summer instruction; international students' experiences; program evaluation within the Division of Undergraduate Education, including logic modeling; and support of the academic program review process.

Our Services

The Assessment, Research, and Evaluation Group is available to UCI faculty, staff, and administrators who are interested in improving the undergraduate experience through information and analysis. We can offer consultation and/or workshops on:

  • Designing student learning assessment
  • Using assessment results
  • Scoring rubrics and other tools for assessing learning
  • Applied research
  • Statistical analysis
  • Survey development, administration, and analysis
  • Designing program evaluation
  • Performance measurement

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Last Updated: 12/7/2012