The Office of Institutional Research and Assessment (OIRA) is the primary unit responsible for the college-wide coordination of assessment activities and is aimed at understanding and improving student learning. The focus of academic assessment at Hood College is on student learning outcomes and includes the review of all academic programs and a wide variety of classroom-based assessment activities.
Areas of Academic Assessment at Hood College:
- Academic Program Review
- Co-curricular Assessment
- Core Curriculum Assessment
- Graduate Program Assessment
- Undergraduate Assessment
The OIRA compiles various assessment resources, tools, rubrics and sites of related interest.
Academic Program Review
Academic program reviews at Hood College are conducted at the department level and include the undergraduate and graduate programs. The process is designed to improve the quality of the College’s academic offerings, to achieve the best use of available resources and to foster cooperation among the academic units and administrative units.
Reviews serve as a means to evaluate quality, productivity, need and demand within the College, state and region; to determine effectiveness and consider possible modifications; and to facilitate academic planning and budgeting. They bring to each unit the advantages of assessment from the perspective of peers outside the institutions and colleagues from other units within the College.
The review process operates on a five-year cycle with the department’s self-study document submitted to the provost's office by Feb. 1 of the given year. The external site reviewer visits occur from March 15 to April 15. An external reviewer’s report is sent to the provost and program review coordinator and is due 30 days post the campus visit.
Please see additional details through the academic program review guidelines.