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As a leading metropolitan university, excellence in education that is responsive to regional demand is central to USC Upstate's mission. In order to ensure that students receive the best education available and to promote continuous improvement throughout the institution, the Office of Institutional Effectiveness and Compliance (IEC) is responsible for coordinating assessment processes for academic programs, general education, and administrative areas. Follow the link below to access the IRAP webpage from which you can explore a variety of the assessment activities at USC Upstate.




University of South Carolina Upstate administered the ACT CAAP in 2011 - Spring 2016.

University of South Carolina Upstate conducted a Senior-only benchmarked administration of the ACT CAAP in 2011 - Spring 2016. The results are displayed below in the SLO Results tab.

For additional information on USC Upstate’s process for administering ACT CAAP, please click on the Assessment Process Tab below. For information on the students included in the administration, please click the Students Tested Tab.

Why did you choose the ACT CAAP for your institutional assessment?

USC Upstate's General Education faculty committee selected the ETS Proficiency Profile as one of multiple nationally normed and measures of students' attainment of general education competencies. Therefore, Proficiency Profile data were extant and available for use in College Portrait SLO reporting as well.


Which University of South Carolina Upstate students are assessed? When?

USC Upstate Freshmen enrolled are assessed each fall using one of multiple instruments.  Approximately 15% of Freshmen complete the Proficiency Profile. 

All USC Upstate Seniors are assessed each semester using one of multiple instruments.  Approximately 15% of Seniors complete the Proficiency Profile. 


How are assessment data collected?

USC Upstate Freshmen are assessed in Freshmen Seminar courses, each of which is assigned one of multiple instruments. All USC Upstate Seniors are assessed in capstone courses using one of multiple instruments.  The results of these assessments are collected by the Office of Institutional Effectiveness and Compliance (IEC).


How are data reported within University of South Carolina Upstate?

The results of the general education assessments are analyzed by the Office of Institutional Effectiveness and Compliance (IEC), who reports the analysis of the results to faculty via the General Education Committee for further review, interpretation and development of action plans. Each year, academic units report on the implementation and impact of general education action plans from previous years.These reports are made available to University administration to inform strategic planning and decision-making.


How are assessment data at USC Upstate used to guide program improvements?

At USC Upstate, faculty have responsibility for determining and implementing programmatic changes intended to improve the quality of education provided by the Institution.  Improvements to the quality of the general education curriculum are determined by the faculty teaching general education courses.


Each year, the Office of Institutional Effectiveness and Compliance (IEC) evaluates the representativeness of the sample of students completing each assessment.  Generally, samples have approximated the student population with regard to gender and ethnicity.  Some variation within samples has been seen, but analysis indicates no appreciable differences between groups in each case.  While students in each major do not complete each assessment in their capstone course annually, continued monitoring of results has shown little to no variation by academic major.l

The VSA advises institutions to follow assessment publisher guidelines for determining the appropriate number of students to test. In the absence of publisher guidelines, the VSA provides sample size guidelines for institutions based on a 95% confidence interval and 5% margin of error. So long as the tested sample demographics represent the student body, this means we can be 95% certain that the "true" population learning outcomes are with +/- 5% of the reported results. For more information on Sampling, please refer to the Research Methods Knowledge Base

At USC Upstate, senior students who completed the ACT CAAP Critical Thinking test (n=72) scored higher than 72% of seniors at all other CLA-participating institutions in Spring 2011.

At USC Upstate, senior students who completed the ACT CAAP Written Communication test (n=76) scored higher than 40% of seniors at all other CLA-participating institutions in Spring 2011.

As USC Upstate did not participate in a value-added administration, scores are not adjusted to account for the incoming ability of USC Upstate students.