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Current Assessment Activities
Current assessment activities include information on a full range of projects and activities recently completed or currently underway to gauge student learning, make improvements or respond to accountability interests.
In addition to annual assessment reporting, Temple engages in a range of internal and external assessment activities. Several examples are highlighted below.
The Assessment Planning Committee
A University-wide Assessment Planning Committee meets regularly to discuss assessment planning and activities across the University. The committee consists of both faculty and administrators.
Periodic Program Review
Academic programs at Temple are reviewed every 7 years through a process called Periodic Program Review. The purpose of this review is to provide a regular process for encouraging schools and colleges to continually improve their teaching, scholarly and creative activities, and service. A key area of reflection within the review is the use of assessment methods for program improvement.
Temple University uses nationally and locally constructed surveys and questionnaires to measure students' experiences, perceptions, and engagement with the university.
ETS Proficiency Profile
Every three years, Temple administers the ETS Proficiency Profile (EPP) to 200 freshmen and 200 seniors during the academic year to evaluate student ability and learning gains in critical thinking and analytic writing. The first administration of the EPP at Temple was in 2011. See the Evidence of Student Learning page for ETS Proficiency Profile Learning Gains results.
ETS HEIghten Outcomes Assessments
The ETS HEIghten outcomes assessments are the next generation of student learning outcomes assessments. The Civic Competency and Engagement and Intercultural Competency and Diversity components of this assessment were piloted with 100 freshmen and 100 juniors/seniors at Temple in September 2017.
Voluntary System of Accountability (VSA)
Temple University participates in the Voluntary System of Accountability (VSA) - a program designed to support the data needs of higher education institutions and the use of national data to improve institutional outcomes. In 2018, the VSA program transitioned from offering one external reporting tool (the College Portrait website) to a broader and more flexible set of tools designed to advance institutional data capacity.