To support student success and other critical institutional objectives, the Office of Institutional Assessment and Studies’ (IAS) mission is to contribute to informed decision-making throughout the University and to ensure that planned academic program strategies align with institutional compliance requirements. To do so, IAS:
- Identifies, applies, and connects reliable data for effective decision-making
- Conducts and assists in insightful data collection, analysis, interpretation, and reporting;
- Provides leadership and support for academic programs and administrative units in assessing the student experience; and
- Coordinates changes to academic program strategies with institutional policies and procedures and with approvals and reporting required by federal agencies, the State Council of Higher Education for Virginia, and the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges.
IAS is organized into three primary areas of service:
Institutional Studies provides data from select University data sets (e.g., student information) to academic and administrative units and assists with data analysis and interpretation; satisfies federal, state and accrediting agency reporting requirements; and responds to an array of external requests, including those from higher education institutions and associations, and college information guides.
University Assessment coordinates, conducts, analyzes, and disseminates assessment results to maintain and improve academic programs and student services. The Assessment team works with the Provost Office, school deans’ offices, academic departments and administrative units to implement and support useful and feasible assessment approaches in order to foster the University’s unique learning and research environment. The Assessment team also reports student learning outcomes consistent with State Council of Higher Education assessment requirements.
The University of Virginia is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges (SACSCOC) to award baccalaureate, masters, educational specialist, and doctoral degrees. The State Council of Higher Education for Virginia (SCHEV) approves new degree and certificate programs, as well as certain changes to existing programs. IAS manages institutional accreditation and related academic compliance requirements (e.g., new academic degree program proposals; changes to existing degrees or certificates; approval of off-campus locations) on behalf of the Office of the Executive Vice President and Provost.