Assessment

Assessment plays a vital role in helping VCU provide a challenging and meaningful academic experience for every one of our students. Objective, honest and accurate evaluations of our programs, instruction and student learning outcomes are critical to both our strategic planning and to our continuous improvement.

At its core, assessment is about seeking answers to difficult questions, such as: Are the students learning what we expect them to be learning? What isn't working so well, and why? What changes can we make to get VCU to the next level?

Assessment, when done correctly, benefits everyone — students, faculty, departments and the university. Better data means better decisions for our programs and, ultimately, our students.

Update on new assessment management system

VCU has contracted with Watermark to replace WEAVE with Taskstream AMS to support student learning outcomes assessment. All degree and certificate programs will be migrated to Taskstream AMS during the spring 2019 semester, using the following timeline:

Target weekAcademic unitsNumber of plans
Jan. 14-18 College of Engineering 14
Jan. 22-25 College of Health Professions 19
Jan. 28-Feb. 1 Wilder School 16
Feb. 4-8 School of Business 16/32
Feb. 11-15 School of Business 16/32
Feb. 18-22 School of Medicine 14/28
Feb. 25-March 1 School of Medicine 14/28
March 11-15 College of Humanities and Sciences 18/56
March 18-22 College of Humanities and Sciences 18/56
March 25-29 College of Humanities and Sciences 20/56
April 1-5 School of the Arts 20/40
April 8-12 School of the Arts 20/40
April 15-19 School of Education 18
April 22-26 VCU Life Sciences, University College, Social Work, Nursing, Dentistry, Pharmacy 25

Questions?

Contact Dr. Scott Oates, Director, Academic Program Integrity and Assessment at (804) 828-9124 or sfoates@vcu.edu.