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Our Assessment Methods

Our commitment to improvement was recognized in 2016 when Rose-Hulman was among the first institutions of higher learning to receive the Sustained Excellence in Assessment (EIA) designation.
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Our Approach

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Our assessment approach involves making our expectations explicit and public, setting appropriate criteria and high standards for learning quality, systematically gathering, analyzing and interpreting evidence to determine how well performance matches expectations and standards and using the resulting information to document, explain and improve performance. (Angelo, T.A. AAHE Bulletin, November 1997, pg. 7). Using the Transparency Framework provided by the National Institute for Learning Outcomes Assessment as a guide, the Office of Institutional Research, Planning and Assessment (IRPA) at Rose-Hulman strives to provide both internal and external stakeholders with details on campus-level assessment efforts.

National Institute for Learning Outcomes Assessment (2011). Transparency Framework. Graphic and more information available at http://www.learningoutcomesassessment.org/TransparencyFramework.htm.

What our faculty say

  • A 2015 survey of Rose-Hulman faculty conducted by Sam Houston State University found that 100 percent of respondents agreed that “assessment is expected as part of my institution’s continuous improvement process.” More than 75 percent agreed that assessments are 1) typically connected back to student learning, 2) emphasized as part of the organizational culture, and 3) help identify the extent to which student learning outcomes are met.

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Julia Williams

Dr. Williams is the Interim Dean of Cross Cutting Programs and Emerging Opportunities (CCPEO) as well as the Executive Director of Institutional Research, Planning, and Assessment (IRPA) and a professor of English at Rose-Hulman. She has served as president of the Institute of Electrical and Electronic Engineers’ Professional Communications Society. She received the Rose-Hulman Board of Trustees Outstanding Scholar Award for creating and implementing the RosE Portfolio System, an online portfolio assessment tool. She also helps organize Rose-Hulman’s annual Making Academic Change Happen (MACH) conference and the campus leadership program. Dr. Williams received her bachelor’s degree from Trinity University and her master’s and Ph.D. degrees from Emory University.

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Contact Us

Office of Institutional Research, Planning, and Assessment
Hadley Hall
Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology
5500 Wabash Avenue
Terre Haute, Indiana 47803
Phone: 812-877-8816
irpa@rose-hulman.edu