Assessment and Data

Institutional Effectiveness Report

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

2016 IE Report 2015 IE Report 2014 IE Report
2013 IE Report 2012 IE Report 2011 IE Report
2010 IE Report 2009 IE Report 2008 IE Report
2007 IE Report 2006 IE Report 2005 IE Report
2004 IE Report 2003 IE Report 2002 IE Report
2001 IE Report 2000 IE Report 1999 IE Report
1998 IE Report 1997 IE Report  
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

2016 State Accountability Report

2015 State Accountability Report

2014 State Accountability Report

2013 State Accountability Report

2012 State Accountability Report

2011 State Accountability Report

2010 State Accountability Report

2009 State Accountability Report

2008 State Accountability Report

2007 State Accountability Report

University Surveys

The University believes that feedback from our constituents is integral to assessment of our activities and effectiveness. The Office of Institutional Effectiveness administers a variety of annual and one-time survey instruments to obtain this feedback and to assist in determining overall satisfaction with the University's pursuits. 

University Student Surveys

First Year Survey

USC Upstate is committed to fostering academic success and a sense of community that encourage students to meet their educational goals. To that end, we have developed and implemented a First Year Survey, administered in rotation with Graduate and Transfer Surveys, to assess the quality of students' experiences at the University. The survey is distributed to all first year students, both freshmen and transfers, at the University each Spring.

2010 to 2013 surveys results to come!

Graduates Survey

USC Upstate is committed to providing excellent educational opportunities for all students. The Graduates survey is distributed in Spring, in rotation with the First-Year and Transfer Surveys, to Spring to graduates of that academic year to assess the quality of education provided by the University and the degree to which graduates are prepared for careers after graduation.

Proceeding the 2008-2009 graduate survey assessment, results were disaggregated by department; therefore, aggregated institution-wide data is not available.

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.

General Education Policies and Procedures
Approved February 2010

Forms
Competency Alignment Form (for new or existing courses)

General Education Competency Assessment Team (CAT) Reports

Administrative Assessment

In order to ensure all USC Upstate administrative areas are in compliance with the standards of SACS and SC Commission on Higher Education, all units are asked to examine their day-to-day responsibilities and create outcomes that reflect these duties. Each unit submits an annual report of quantitative and/or qualitative assessment of these outcomes and any actions or modifications that have been or will be made based on the assessment. An annual revision to the unit assessment plan is also submitted. 

Administrative Assessment

The purpose of administrative assessment is to produce meaningful feedback for the department, school/college or administrative unit on the performance of its services, thereby allowing each unit/department to improve its programs and processes. It is not an evaluation of individuals; rather, it is an evaluation of our effectiveness in delivering benefits to our respective clients/users. The concept of institutional effectiveness is central to the accreditation process and the goal of continuous improvement to meet the highest standards of excellence in all of our programs.

Although a particular method of demonstrating institutional effectiveness is not mandated in the current SACS criteria for accreditation, each institution is expected to determine institutional effectiveness by implementing an assessment plan that:

  • is broad-based,
  • is derived from the institution's purpose and goals,
  • uses a variety of assessment methods, and
  • demonstrates the use of results for the improvement of both academic programs and administrative support units.

In May 2005, Chancellor’s Cabinet and the Chancellor authorized that all administrative and educational support services offices will submit annually an administrative assessment report serving as the institution’s primary means of administrative assessment.

Timelines 

May 15 – Administrative plans for the coming year are created/updated and submitted to the Office of Institutional Effectiveness and Compliance and the appropriate Vice Chancellor

July 1 – Administrative assessment reports for the previous year are submitted to the Office of Institutional Effectiveness and Compliance and the appropriate Vice Chancellor by all offices

Oct 1 – Administrative offices and the appropriate Vice Chancellor receive administrative assessment report feedback on standardized rubric

Oct 15 – Chancellor receives an institutional report containing information from all administrative and educational support services offices

Annual Reports

2010-2011 Administrative Assessment Reports
2009-2010 Administrative Assessment Reports
2008-2009 Administrative Assessment Reports
2007-2008 Administrative Assessment Reports
2006-2007 Administrative Assessment Reports

Policies and Procedures

Administrative Assessment Policies and Procedures

Program Assessment

All links below are PDF's:

Program Assessment Policies and Procedures

Although a particular method of program assessment is not mandated in the current SACS criteria for accreditation, it is required in Comprehensive Standard 3.3.1:

The institution identifies expected outcomes, assesses the extent to which it achieves these outcomes, and provides evidence of improvement based on analysis of the results in each of the following areas:

3.3.1.1 educational programs, to include student learning outcomes.

Program Assessment Reports are due October 1 of each year covering assessment activities of the previou s academic year.

Program Assessment Report Archive
Population Analyses

Each year, the Office of Institutional Effectiveness and Compliance analyzes USC Upstate student population characteristics to provide data used for strategic planning and assessment of operations. Reports of freshmen, graduates and transfers are completed and reflect trends in demographics, performance, retention and matriculation as appropriate.

The following table contains historical data. Please refer to the Visual Factbook for current data. 

Transfer Analyses

All reports are in Adobe PDF format. PDF Document

2008 Transfer Analysis

Graduate Reports

All reports are in Adobe PDF format. PDF Document

2005-2009 Graduates Analysis

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.