Benchmarking Grantham Outcomes and Assessments
Do we do what we say we do? And can we prove it? At Grantham University, we are committed to answering these questions through assessment.
The following information provides an overview of our academic assessment process, as well as disclosure of the most current assessment data. A complete description of the assessment philosophy and processes is provided in the Assessment Handbook.
The Distance Education Accrediting Commission (DEAC) is the national accrediting body specializing in accrediting distance educators. As one of its members, Grantham is required to provide the following academic assessment information.
The institution …
- Articulates student learning outcomes
- Offers a systematic and ongoing process for assessing student learning
- Provides documented evidence that results are used to improve …
- Faculty development
- Demonstrates results meet appropriate benchmarked standards
The institution regularly collects evidence that students are satisfied with the instructional and educational services provided as described in C.14. Policy on Student Achievement and Satisfaction.
The institution documents that students complete studies at rates that compare favorably to those of courses/programs offered by similar DEAC-accredited institutions. The factors considered by the Commission in making this determination and any reporting requirements are outlined in C.14. Policy on Student Achievement and Satisfaction.
- Student Achievement
- Perceived Student Satisfaction
- Completion/Graduation Rates
Academic assessment at Grantham University is intended to provide a structure for continuous improvement and is multi-faceted. Faculty are actively engaged in assessment at every level, especially course design and revision.
The assessment of student achievement is three-dimensional at Grantham:
- Course level assessment is reflected in course grades.
- Programmatic assessment, which defines what graduates are expected to have mastered, takes place in the capstone course for each degree program. Every degree program offered at Grantham University has an Outcomes Assessment Plan designed to guide programmatic assessment.
- Grantham University is committed to assuring that every student achieve an appropriate level of mastery of the five university learning outcomes (ULOs). Benchmarks for each grade level (i.e., freshman, sophomore, junior, senior and graduate students) have been determined and are reflected in the rubric. Undergraduate students are assessed at two points within their academic programs — GU299 and in their major capstone courses.
- Mark Skousen School of Business: The School has received specialized accreditation for its business programs through the International Assembly for Collegiate Business Education (IACBE).
- College of Engineering and Computer Science: The electronics engineering technology program has received accreditation through ABET.
- College of Nursing and Allied Health: The School of Nursing has applied for candidacy for accreditation with Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing (ACEN).
- College of Arts and Sciences
Assessment data is collected and analyzed by the faculty of each College for continuous improvement. Results of the assessment processes are available for each College.
Students are asked to complete satisfaction surveys throughout their time at Grantham: end-of-course, graduation and, as alumni, three and/or five years after graduation. The following information was gathered from the graduate and alumni surveys administered in 2014:
|1. Did you achieve, or will you have achieved upon completing your studies, the goals you had when you started the course or program?||99%||1%|
|2. Would you recommend these studies to a friend?||97%||3%|
|3. All things considered, were you satisfied with your studies with us?||98%||2%|
Grantham University also routinely discloses consumer-related data that may be of interest to prospective or current students.