Assessment & Accreditation
The Office of Assessment and Evaluation leads assessment and planning efforts at the University of Virginia’s College at Wise. It supports faculty in assessing academic programs and general education, and administrative staff in assessing college operations. It assists faculty in assessment of other academic activities. It assists academic and non-academic offices with programs reviews, specialized accreditations, and in the promotion of a culture of evidence-driven improvement. It promotes the articulation of outcomes related to the individual missions of programs which are based on the overall mission of the College.
Schedule for WEAVE Reporting
SEPTEMBER – make any changes to outcomes and measures if necessary
JANUARY – Enter findings for the fall semester
MAY – Enter findings for the spring semester
AUGUST – WEAVEonline entity final report due for previous academic cycle (findings, action plans, analysis, and annual reporting)
October 19-22, 2015 SACSCOC On-site committee visit
Guides and Resources
Example of Data-Driven Improvement through Effective Assessment
Computer Science – In 2009, a third of Computer Science graduates failed to achieve a score of “competent” on a five point rubric assessing students’ ability to report and discuss “societal and ethical impacts” of solutions in their capstone projects. Based on these assessment results, faculty concluded that societal and ethical issues should be explored and emphasized by faculty in additional courses. Program faculty decided to introduce discussions of these issues into multiple courses: : SWE 1790 – Engineering Leadership; CSC 2300 – Software Engineering; CSC 3260 – Human Computer Interaction; CSC 3750 – Web Technologies; CSC 4110 – Advanced Database Systems; CSC 4350 – Computer Networks; CSC 4380 – Information Security. As a result of the additional and much stronger emphasis on these issues, in 2013 only one student out of five majors failed to achieve the required score when assessed on societal and ethical impacts in the capstone project. Assessment in 2014 indicated that this strategy continues to be successful.
Accreditation and Memberships
SACSCOC – The University of Virginia’s College at Wise is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges to award the baccalaureate degree. Contact the Commission on Colleges at 1866 Southern Lane, Decatur, Georgia 30033-4097 or call 404-679-4500 for questions about the accreditation of The University of Virginia’s College at Wise.
ABET – Degree programs in computer science and software engineering are accredited by the Computing Accreditation Commission of ABET, http://www.abet.org.
CCNE – The baccalaureate at The University of Virginia’s College at Wise is accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education, One Dupont Circle NW, Suite 530, Washington, D.C. 20036, (202) 887-6791.
CAEP – The University of Virginia’s College at Wise Teacher Education Program which is designed to prepare teachers for lives of professional excellence as educators and leaders is granted Accreditation by the Council for the Accreditation of Educator Preparation (CAEP) for a period of five years. This accreditation certifies that the forenamed professional education program has provided evidence that the program adheres to CAEP’s quality principles.
UVa-Wise is a member of the Council of Public Liberal Arts Colleges (COPLAC) and recognized as a College of Distinction.