University Assessment and Accreditation Committee
The University Assessment and Accreditation Committee (UAAC) acts as the central body responsible for University accreditation and assessment activities. The UAAC provides summative assessments of the University’s mission fulfillment as well as ongoing formative assessments that ensure institutional tracking of key indicators to help refine strategies under each Priority for Action.
In its capacity as steward of the University’s accreditation, the UAAC:
- Manages the NWCCU accreditation process
- Prepares and submits NWCCU-required review documentation
- Compiles and analyzes institutional data in alignment with the Priority for Action teams
In its capacity as the assessment arm of the Strategic Operating Rhythm, the UAAC:
- Works closely with each Priority for Action team to ensure indicators are appropriately defined and tracked
- Provides leadership in sophisticated assessment practices that allow for the University to tell its story of effort and progress in alignment with its vision and mission
- Tracks all formative and summative assessment activities across the institution and explores how those activities can be refined and integrated into institutional assessment
In its capacity as the seat of assessment expertise at the University, the UAAC:
- Provides workshops on formative and summative assessment practices
- Provides guidelines and templates for reporting assessment activities
- Promotes a culture of continuous improvement
Assessment is an integral part of the management of resources at the University of Montana. The University informs its planning and budget processes and ensures accountability through institutional assessment and programmatic assessment.
The University's Assessment work is tied closely to our accreditation by the Northwest Commission on Colleges & Universities.
Institutional Data Reporting
For the purposes of comparison and assessment, the University Data Office continually compares institutional data with national benchmarks.
National Survey of Student Engagement
Every few years, UM participates in the National Survey of Student Engagement (NSSE).
- NSSE 2016
- NSSE 2013
- One page summary of UM NSSE Results (2013)
- Differences in Engagement between first-year and senior students (2013)
- NSSE Results: Student Peer Interactions and Diversity on Campus (2013)
- NSSE 2009
- National Survey of Student Engagement: Benchmark Comparisons 2009
- National Survey of Student Engagement: Student Experience in Brief 2009
- Two Deans
- Two Staff Senate representatives
- Two Faculty Senate representatives
- Two Student Senate representatives
- Two Vice Presidents
- Two Presidential appointees
- One representatives from each PFA team
- AVP Strategic Planning and Analysis
- One UPC member