Welcome to Western University of Health Sciences’ Assessment Website
At Western University, we are motivated to continuously define and refine our institutional culture of evidence while using evidence-based decision making to create and reach our goals as a university. We invite you to look at our assessment strategy, tools, and results. If you have any questions, please contact the Office of Institutional Research and Effectiveness (IRE).
IRE’s role in the assessment of Western University’s Institutional Learning Outcomes is in the development of a sustainable and applicable assessment strategy involving all fourteen Western University programs. In addition to being the lead office in direct contact with our accrediting agency (WASC), IRE also aids college programs by providing methodological support, statistical support, assessment organizational support, and direct assessment feedback.
What is Assessment?
Assessment is the collection and use of evidence to improve a product or process (Allen, 2004). For Western University of Health Sciences, the goal of institutional assessment is twofold: 1. Gather evidence to demonstrate whether or not students within the various programs are achieving institutional outcome goals, and 2. Improve program curriculum by documenting structural changes affecting outcome goals, academic cultural climates, and pedagogical advancements.
Why do it?
Western University of Health Sciences is strongly motivated to inform our students, faculty, employees, investors, and the greater community at large that our students are not only successful within the realms of graded work, preceptor evaluations, board examination pass rates, and job placement, but also in the institutional learning domains that unite the nine colleges into a functioning university. The institutional learning domains contain eight elements that, when harmoniously combined, create a professional health scientist ready to serve the community. Our assessments of the Institutional Learning Outcomes inform us whether or not the learning outcomes Western University has set are being achieved by all programs. The assessment process allows us to create a body of evidence to help support our goal that students are achieving mastery in these non-tangible skills. The bottom line is: Western University wants to demonstrate our students are learning.
Assessment and Program Review Committee
Western University created an Assessment and Program Review committee with the sole purpose of furthering the development of our assessment culture. The committee is made up of representatives from all of the nine colleges, IRE’s Senior Assessment Analyst, and is chaired by the Director of IRE. It is from this committee and the guidance of the Provost that Western University’s assessment strategies are developed.
Juan Ramirez, Ph.D. (Chair)
Elizabeth Andrews, DDS, MS
Beth Ann Borke, MS Ed.
Jeremy Brown, MA
Miki Carpenter, MPH, Ph.D.
Anandi Law, B. Pharm, Ph.D.
Susan Mackintosh, DO, MPH
Jodi Olson, MS
Donna Redman-Bentley, PT, Ph.D.
Kathleen Satterfield, DPM, FACFOAM, MAPWCA
Peggy Schmidt, DVM, MS, DACVPM