At UNMC, ongoing assessment and review of outcomes is a essential to continuous improvement. Quality assessment is comprised of
- Development of well-defined assessment goals and expectations throughout all levels of a degree program
- Educator workshops, resources and research regarding how assessment data can inform and strengthen student learning
- Data-based outcomes that influence program goals and support strategic planning
In January 2016, the Office of Accreditation and Assessment (OAA) and the UNMC Assessment Committee were established to spearhead the enhancement of UNMC's institutional assessment. The OAA also serves as a central coordinating unit of and repository for institutional, college, and program assessment and outcomes data.
Current Assessment Projects
The University of Nebraska Medical Center (UNMC) values a culture of assessment that
- Understands how systemic, standardized assessment impacts quality improvement
- Recognizes assessment best practices
- Encourages research and innovation in the field of learning and assessment
- Demonstrates the importance of assessment for life-long learning and professional development
Institutional outcomes highlight past accomplishments while simultaneously reveal new opportunities for future strategic planning. This is the power of a comprehensive and continuous institutional assessment process. Student learning outcomes are derived from all levels of assessment (course, program, college, institutional). At UNMC, assessment methods that contribute to quality improvement include internal audits for accreditation (institutional and specialized program accreditation), instructor evaluations, course reviews, student retention/attrition/graduation rates and strategic goal completion.
Learning objectives help guide teaching and communicate ti students about expected learning. Learning outcomes help describe how well teaching and learning occurs at UNMC. Both exist at the course, program, college and institutional level and are key to curricular improvement and institutional strategic planning. UNMC's institutional learning objectives are aligned with its ITEACH values (add link to ILO graphic) and establishes that the same quality of scholarship and professionalism are expected of UNMC's partners, employees and students.
UNMC uses an array of assessment and evaluation techniques to arrive at student learning outcomes. UNMC uses traditional written assessments as well as supervising clinician evaluations, clinical simulations, and computer-based assessment. UNMC also tracks post-graduation licensing/board exam scores to ensure graduates are obtaining the required skills and knowledge.
As a health sciences educational institution, UNMC students continue their learning through co-curricular activities such as student organizations, civic engagement, internships and community-based volunteer opportunities.