Assessment and Data

Institutional Effectiveness And Assessment Resources

Continuous Improvement Blueprints

The University of South Carolina Upstate seeks to provide support and leadership for ongoing continuous improvement through academic program assessment. The Continuous Improvement Blueprint (formerly known as the “Assessment Report”) is integral to providing rigorous, career-relevant, and accessible education to the Upstate of South Carolina community and beyond — which is the first of three strategic priorities for the University Strategic Plan, Up. Together. 

The Continuous Improvement Blueprint (CIB) is similar to our previous Assessment Report in that it provides a structure for academic programs to report their student learning outcomes and the degree to which students are meeting the outcomes. The CIB is submitted annually on October 1. 

Designated Faculty Assessment Coordinators will create the CIB with support from their college’s Faculty Assessment Liaisons and the Director of Institutional Effectiveness and Compliance. 

Assessment Coordinators

College of Arts, Humanities, and Social Sciences

Kenneth Barideaux
June Carter
Allison Ellis
Shuang Hundley
Bridget Kirkland
Courtney Mcdonald
Lee Neibert
Colleen Obrien
Calvin Odhiambo
Nolan Stolz

College of Science and Technology

Ryan Harper
Polinpapilinho Katina
Tammy Pike
Susan Richardson
Astrid Rosario
Kimberly Shorter
Tyrone Toland
Wei Zhong

George Dean Johnson, Jr. College of Business and Economics

Chung-Yean Chiang
Uma Gupta

Mary Black School of Nursing

Sharon Smith

School of Education, Human Performance, and Health 

Brooke Hardin
Tina Herzberg
Mary Lou Hightower
Sarah Hunt-Barron
Jim Kamla
Walter Lee
Karen Lounsbury
Rebecca Mueller
Holly Pae
Nur Tanyel
Kelvin Wu

University College

Michelle Garland

Assessment Coordinator Duties

The duties of this assignment include:

  • Collaborate with program faculty members in order to regularly review student learning outcomes, associated measures, and necessary action steps for improvement;

  • Record and monitor agreed-upon action steps for improvement;  

  • Coordinate data collection and analysis;  

  • Review student learning outcomes data with program faculty and relevant program/college administrative leadership; 

  • Document and submit final Continuous Improvement Blueprint to the Assessment Committee Chair and the Office of Institutional Effectiveness and Compliance by October 1 of each year; and 

  • Incorporate Assessment Committee feedback as necessary.

Links to Institutional Effectiveness and Assessment Resources

Goals and Student Learning Outcomes by Program

Table of all Goals and Outcomes by College/School and Program (Accessible Format) PDF Format

George Dean Johnson Jr. College of Business and Economics

Undergraduate Programs

  • Accounting
  • Economics and Finance
  • Entrepreneurship and Innovation
  • Logistics and Supply Chain Management
  • Management: Marketing

Graduate Programs

Mary Black School of Nursing

Undergraduate Programs

Graduate Programs

 

University College

Reports

Institutional Effectiveness Reports

These comprehensive reports, submitted to the Commission on Higher Education (CHE) annually, include information about the program, general education and program assessment.

The reports below are in PDF format. PDF Document

State Accountability Reports

These comprehensive reports, submitted to the Commission on Higher Education (CHE) annually, include information about the program, general education and program assessment.

The reports below are in PDF format. PDF Document

General Education

A General Education Program by definition offers students a common academic experience and stimulates an appetite for life-long education. Mandatory ingredients of this program include the acquisition of college-level skills in communication and reasoning and exposure to the basic areas of knowledge that characterize an educated person. An effective general education program should cultivate an appreciation of cultural as well as intellectual diversity as well as the ongoing cultivation of personal integrity and social responsibility. The conditions necessary for such desired character development are therefore embedded in the USC Upstate General Education program:  building skill and knowledge-based foundations for continued learning and living in a complex global society, expanding the breadth of students’ scholarly horizons and integrating information from across disparate disciplines. 

General Education Curriculum and Assessment

A General Education Program by definition offers students a common academic experience and stimulates an appetite for life-long education. Mandatory ingredients of this program include the acquisition of college-level skills in communication and reasoning and exposure to the basic areas of knowledge that characterize an educated person. An effective general education program should cultivate an appreciation of cultural as well as intellectual diversity, and the ongoing cultivation of personal integrity and social responsibility. The conditions necessary for such desired character development are therefore embedded in the USC Upstate General Education program: building skill and knowledge-based foundations for living in a complex global society and for continued learning, expanding the breadth of students’ scholarly horizons, and integrating information from across disparate disciplines.

Reporting

The General Education Committee in collaboration with the Office of Institutional Effectiveness and Compliance prepared Continuous Improvement Blueprints for the USC Upstate general education program.

  • General Education Continuous Improvement Blueprint 2019-2020
  • General Education Continuous Improvement Blueprint 2018-2019 

General Education Course Competency Alignment Matrix 

During the 2021-2022 academic year, all courses within the general education program will be participating in a realignment with competencies and learning outcomes based on the revised general education outcomes and learning outcomes published in the 2021-2022 Academic Catalog.

2018 Alignment Matrix by Course

2018 Alignment Matrix by Competency

Forms
Competency Alignment Form (for new or existing courses)

Document Retention and Archive Schedule

In order to ensure legal compliance, USC Upstate has generated a schedule all employees are obliged to adhere to. This schedule explains the legal requirements for the keeping or disposing of documents and archives your office might generate.

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