Assessment

Academic Success is committed to creating an environment that supports the continuous evaluation and enhancement of student learning and development.

Institutional Learning Goals

HLC Accreditation 2025

Assessment life cycle pie chart: Step 1)Plan - Identify/revise outcomes & create plans, Step 2)Collect - Develop instruments & gather data, Step 3)Record/Reflect- Analyze & interpret data; share findings, Step 4)Act - Use results to improve programs & services

Assessment Life Cycle

We engage in strategic and systematic assessment to determine the effectiveness of programs and services. We utilize data-based decision making to ensure that we provide students with high-quality educational opportunities both inside and outside of the classroom.

Academic Success Student Learning Outcomes

Student Learning Outcomes (Students will be able to...):
  • Choose the appropriate program for application or exploration.
    • Metrics: Inquiry conversion rates by program
    • Student Success Model Stage: Connection
    • KU Institutional Learning Goal: Analytical Reasoning
  • Describe the admission process outlining the next steps after admission while experiencing a sense of welcome and connection.
    • Metrics: Admission conversion rates, funnel data
    • Student Success Model Stage: Connection
    • KU Institutional Learning Goal: Effective Communication
  • Demonstrate effective use of the online systems and resources required for KU student use.
    • Metrics: Technology post-session survey data, App download data, Portal usage data
    • Student Success Model Stage: Entry
    • KU Institutional Learning Goal: Effective Communication
  • Identify the services available to them at KU.
    • Metrics: Service usage reports, Jayhawk GPS Success Team data, NSSE data
    • Student Success Model Stage: Entry
    • KU Institutional Learning Goal: Analytical Reasoning
Units:
  • KU Navigators
  • Military-Affiliated Student Center
  • Success Technologies
Student Learning Outcomes (Students will be able to...):
  • Identify where to locate at least one resource on campus.
    • Metrics: Post-orientation survey, Advising appointment summary data, Student Survey of Advising
    • Student Success Model Stage: Entry
    • KU Institutional Learning Goal: Creative Inquiry & Discovery
  • Identify the degree requirements of their college/school/department.
    • Metrics: Advising appointment summary data, Student Survey of Advising
    • Student Success Model Stage: Progress
    • KU Institutional Learning Goal: Analytical Reasoning
  • Demonstrate effective use of the online systems and resources required for KU student use.
    • Metrics: Technology post-session survey data, App download data, Portal usage data
    • Student Success Model Stage: Entry, Progress
    • KU Institutional Learning Goal: Analytical Reasoning
  • Develop a long-term plan to meet their educational goals.
    • Metrics: Graduation plan completion
    • Student Success Model Stage: Progress, Completion
    • KU Institutional Learning Goal: Analytical Reasoning
  • Utilize Enroll & Pay to enroll in classes.
    • Metrics: Enroll at least one time without Quick Enroll access (Enroll & Pay, Jayhawk GPS data)
    • Student Success Model Stage: Entry
    • KU Institutional Learning Goal: Analytical Reasoning
  • Identify their academic advisor as a resource for academic assistance.
    • Metrics: NSSE (Quality of interaction), Student Survey of Advising
    • Student Success Model Stage: Progress, Completion
    • KU Institutional Learning Goal: Analytical Reasoning
  • Interact with their assigned academic advisor at least one time each year.
    • Metrics: Advising appointment numbers, Student Survey of Advising
    • Student Success Model Stage: Entry, Progress
    • KU Institutional Learning Goal: Analytical Reasoning
Units:
  • Center for Orientation & Transition Programs
  • Jayhawk Academic Advising
Student Learning Outcomes (Students will be able to...):
  • Identify the benefits of writing as an on-going process that requires preparation and multiple drafts.
    • Metrics: Client report form data, Feedback survey post-consultation
    • Student Success Model Stage: Entry, Progress
    • KU Institutional Learning Goal: Effective Communication
  • Demonstrate self-determined behavior through using the Access Online portal, following procedures when requesting academic accommodations.
    • Metrics: Tracking usage of services (on-time versus late)
    • Student Success Model Stage: Progress
    • KU Institutional Learning Goal: Ethical & Professional Responsibility
  • Demonstrate improved understanding of course-specific subject matter.
    • Metrics: Exam/Quiz scores, Course DFW Rate
    • Student Success Model Stage: Progress
    • KU Institutional Learning Goal: Analytical Reasoning
Units:
  • Academic Learning Center
  • Academic Retention & Engagement Center
  • KU Writing Center
  • Native American Initiatives
  • Student Access Center
Student Learning Outcomes (Students will be able to...):
  • Demonstrate an increased awareness of fellowship opportunities in a culturally-competent manner.
    • Metrics: Student survey pre and post event to measure understanding, focus group, tracking of long-term student engagement
    • Student Success Model Stage: Progress
    • KU Institutional Learning Goal: Social Awareness & Cultural Understanding
  • Demonstrate essential skills needed to be successful as they enter or advance in the work force.
    • Metrics: Career Readiness Assessment
    • Student Success Model Stage: Progress
    • KU Institutional Learning Goal: Analytical Reasoning
  • Value experiences that increase their understanding of addressing social issues. 
    • Metrics: Site evaluations, Student evaluations
    • Student Success Model Stage: Progress, Completion
    • KU Institutional Learning Goal: Social Awareness & Cultural Understanding
Units:
  • Academic Programs & Experiential Learning
  • Center for Service Learning
  • Center for Undergraduate Research
  • Office of Fellowships
  • University Career Center

The Student Learning Outcomes (SLO), identified by each of our areas and their respective units, represent what we work to ensure our "students will be able to do" after utilizing our services and engaging with our initiatives. For each SLO, there is an associated set of metrics to help us understand if a SLO was fulfilled. 

Students who use or interact with Academic Success services, programs and activities will also demonstrate awareness and relevant application of each of the KU Institutional Learning Goals as they progress through the KU Student Success Model.

KU's Institutional Learning Goals are intended to create a visible conceptual structure around assessment efforts that are already occurring and are an externalization of the university's values around student learning.

The Academic Success annual report, available in late fall, compiles the individual reports and assessment efforts from the prior academic year. Specific attention is paid outlining the unit-level work designed to support the Academic Success priorities, strategies, and SLOs.