Contact IRPA staff for these services.
Outcomes Based Assessment
The Outcomes Based Plan (OBAP) is the recommended format for each academic and student affairs department to describe their assessment process. OBAPs begin with mission and goals for program effectiveness and student learning. They list measurable outcomes, delivery, evaluation methods, results, and use of results for decisions and program improvements. Documented assessment plans provide information needed for accreditation. Plans are reviewed by the Faculty Assessment Committee in a cyclical process.
Strategic Planning Online (SPOL) Administration and Reports
SPOL, acquired in 2018 to replace Taskstream, is the online software product for developing and recording assessment planning on campus. IRPA staff worked directly with SPOL software developers to customize the Assessment module to fit the needs of St. Kate’s.
Research/Assessment Design Consulting
IRPA routinely guides individual faculty, staff, departments, and programs of study in the development of program improvement evaluation, practitioner research, and pursuit of data and information used in decision making and program improvements. IRPA can also help manage large research projects when there are multiple data sources and multiple researchers or constituents.
Qualtrics Administration and Survey Quality Assurance
Since 2009, Qualtrics online survey software has been the most commonly used tool for conducting and compiling results of online surveys at the University. All faculty and staff who are interested in becoming registered Qualtrics users must participate in mandatory training. This three hour training includes survey design strategies, best practices, and an introduction to the use of Qualtrics. IRPA conducts Qualtrics user training approximately 8 times each year.
Engaging Evidence Forums
IRPA staff develop four Engaging Evidence Forums each year. These forums are open to the campus community and cover a wide range of pertinent topics of interest to this community. Some Forums are presented by IRPA staff and others are presented by guests who share the results of their evaluations, survey, or other research. These forums, combined with the IRPA Lens newsletter, serve to broaden the audience for learning about and applying results of assessment projects across the university.
IRPA is often enlisted to help with special research projects. Some examples include: retention data and processes, Mapworks student enrollment risk management, salary studies, and campus climate survey. IRPA staff also provide research support for topics requiring continuous research and data; such student retention rates and factors, better understanding campus climate perspectives through the eyes of students, measuring the delivery of the core curriculum, civic engagement outcomes of students, and first destination outcomes for recent graduates.