Institutional Assessment

UAB uses a variety of assessment activities and instruments to collect data on student, faculty, and staff experiences and satisfaction with its programs and services.  Results of assessment activities are used to strengthen and improve educational programs, academic support services, and student life activities, and to enhance students’ likelihood of academic success.

National Survey of Student Engagement 
The National Survey of Student Engagement (NSSE) collects information annually from samples of first-year and senior students about the nature and quality of their undergraduate experience. 

Faculty Survey of Student Engagement
The Faculty Survey of Student Engagement (FSSE) is designed to complement NSSE by measuring faculty members’ expectations of student engagement in educational practices that are empirically linked with high levels of learning and development. 

Noel-Levitz Student Satisfaction Inventory
The Noel-Levitz Student Satisfaction Inventory (SSI) provides information for use in improving student learning and life by identifying how satisfied students are as well as what issues are important to them.

Graduating Student Survey
A survey administered each term to all students expected to graduate assesses their satisfaction with UAB programs and services.

Educational Testing Service (ETS) Proficiency Profile
Formerly identified as the Measure of Academic Proficiency and Progress (MAPP), this instrument measures proficiency in critical thinking, reading, writing and mathematics in the context of humanities, social sciences and natural sciences and academic skills developed, versus subject knowledge taught, in general education courses. 

Other Assessment Activities

Beginning College Survey of Student Engagement (BCSSE)
The BCSSE is a companion survey to NSSE.  It collects data about entering college students’ high school academic and co-curricular experiences as well as their expectations for participating in educationally purposeful activities during the first college year.  Students participating in UAB orientation in Summer 2008 participated in BCSSE.

UAB Advising Survey
The advising survey was developed by academic advisors at UAB to assess their effectiveness and to identify issues needing attention.   It is administered electronically on an annual basis, and all students are invited to participate.

Learning Outcomes

UAB uses the WEAVEonline system to record learning and other outcomes and to align assessment processes and gather data in a systematic manner.  Some examples of program learning outcomes are available for review.