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What is Institutional Assessment?

Institutional assessment involves an ongoing, systematic process of data collection and analysis. The purpose is to monitor and understand whether an institution is achieving its goals and mission and seeking improvements in student learning, programs and services.

The Office of Assessment and Research (OAR)

The OAR at STCL Houston collects data, analyzes information and conducts research to support strategic planning and institutional research and planning. STCL Houston uses its assessment program to evaluate all aspects of institutional effectiveness. In 2003, the law school created the Office of Assessment and Research.

Institutional Assessment Cycle
OAR Components of Institutional Assessment

The work of OAR is a critical component of institutional planning and evaluation. This office is active in the strategic planning process with regard to both planning and evaluation.

OAR conducts assessments throughout the institution. Assessment reports are used to inform the policy decisions made by the law school administration and the faculty. OAR reports to the associate dean for academics. The associate dean oversees the work of the office and works directly with it on assessment programs including strategic planning and evaluation.

The Work of the OAR

Strategic Planning and Evaluation

Assess the Strategic Plan progress through the Measure of Success Assessment Plan
Provide support to the Strategic Planning Oversight Committee

Committees & Departments

Perform scholarship committee data analysis
Advice and evaluate assessment program for the Program Effectiveness Committee
Advice and evaluate assessment plans for Academic Success Committee

Stakeholder Feedback

Develop and analyze the Campus Climate Survey
Develop and analyze student, faculty and staff surveys
Develop and analyze student and alumni focus groups

Incoming students

Analyze scholarship data

Student Learning

Assess institutional and student learning outcomes
Analyze curriculum mapping

Graduating students

Develop Bar Passage reports
Collect and analyze employment data

Government agencies & accrediting organizations

Collect and submit IPEDS data
Collect and submit ABA Annual Questionnaire, Bar Passage Questionnaire, and Employment Questionnaire


Conduct course evaluations
Conduct ad hoc surveys and research projects
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