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Assessment occurs at the course, departmental, college, and institutional levels. The University of Tennessee, Knoxville is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges, yet assessment practices at the university extend beyond “SACS” to include many other accreditation agencies and as well as our own practices of assessment.  For information on programmatic assessment and other issues pertaining to the SACS accreditation process, consult:

The “assessment movement” has changed many institutions of higher education as we strive to show the quality of our programs in a visible way to internal and external constituents.




The University of Tennessee administered the ETS Proficiency Profile in 2012.

The University of Tennessee conducted a Senior-only benchmarked administration of the ETS Proficiency Profile in 2012. The results are displayed below in the SLO Results tab.

For additional information on UTK’s process for administering ETS Proficiency Profile, 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 ETS Proficiency Profile for your institutional assessment?

The ETS Proficiency Profile most closely fit our assessment needs.


Which The University of Tennessee students are assessed? When?

Senior students were invited to participate and they selected in to the sample.


How are assessment data collected?

We used an online administration for the seniors.


How are data reported within The University of Tennessee?

With only one administration, we will need to gather more data before more detailed analyses can be completed.


How are assessment data at UTK used to guide program improvements?

With only one administration, we will need to gather more data before any actions can be taken.


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 UTK, senior students who completed the ETS Proficiency Profile Critical Thinking test (n=90) scored higher than 77% of seniors at all other ETS Proficiency Profile-participating institutions in Spring 2012.

At UTK, senior students who completed the ETS Proficiency Profile Written Communication test (n=90) scored higher than 77% of seniors at all other ETS Proficiency Profile-participating institutions in Spring 2012.

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


Critical Thinking Detail

The chart below shows the distribution of student scores on the ETS Proficiency Profile Critical Thinking test. Students are scored as Not Proficient, Marginal, or Proficient.



Written Communication Detail

The charts below show the distribution of student scores on the three levels of the ETS Proficiency Profile Writing Test. Students are scored as Not Proficient, Marginal, or Proficient on each level. Writing 3 represents more advanced writing skill than Writing 2, which represents more advanced writing skill than Writing 1.