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UT Austin must maintain its accreditation by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges (SACSCOC) in order to award baccalaureate, professional, masters, and doctorate degrees.  The accreditation process offers an opportunity to better understand what academic departments and student support units do well and what they could do even better.  The Office of Institutional Accreditation and Effectiveness provides guidelines that direct the university’s assessment and reporting practices, but TIDES evaluation consultants can assist College of Natural Sciences faculty and staff with implementing these guidelines and acquiring the data needed to support continuous improvement while complying with reporting requirements.

Other Resources for Accreditation

UT Austin Accreditation Information

UT Austin Assessment Calendar and Deadlines

Assessment Resources


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Organizations that fund research are increasingly expecting researchers to communicate the broader, societal impact of their work. This entails explaining specifically how broader impacts activities will be meaningfully assessed and evaluated.  TIDES evaluation consultants can assist with crafting Broader Impacts statements.  This could entail help with articulating how grant-funded activities should have positive societal benefits that extend beyond the life of the grant and defining how the intended benefits will be measured. 

Other Resources for Evaluating Broader Impacts

National Science Foundation Proposal and Aware Policies and Procedures Guide

National Science Foundation User-Friendly Handbook for Project Evaluation

National Alliance for Broader Impacts


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TIDES staff can assist faculty with empirically studying how changes they make to their courses might affect what students know and can do after taking their courses.  We can help with all phases of a course impact study, from defining learning outcomes and choosing assessment methods to accessing relevant institutional data and conducting statistical analyses. 

Other Resources for Evaluating Courses

Association of American Colleges and Universities

University of Michigan Center for Research on Learning and Teaching

UBC Handbook for Curriculum Assessment


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