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University of Memphis Learning Outcomes

The University of Memphis conducts multiple assessments to evaluate student learning. Assessments include an annual evaluation of general education to measure student achievement in English, mathematics, science, social science, and critical thinking. The university assesses student success in the major with nationally normed examinations, licensure exams, locally developed subject field tests, performance juries, and portfolios of student work. The university maintains accreditation with all programs that have a recognized accreditation agency. For programs in areas not eligible for a recognized accreditation, peer reviews are conducted once every seven years by outside visitors from highly recognized institutions. Employer assessments, graduate, undergraduate, and alumni satisfaction surveys are each conducted approximately once every three years, along with the National Survey of Student Engagement.




University of Memphis administered the ETS Proficiency Profile in 2010 - 2015.

University of Memphis conducted a Senior-only benchmarked administration of the ETS Proficiency Profile in 2010 - 2015. The results are displayed below in the SLO Results tab.

For additional information on UofM’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 provides a measure of student learning in the areas critical thinking, reading, writing, and mathematics, in addition to humanities, social sciences, and natural sciences.  The results provide future students an easy to understand assessment of the general education program offered to students at the University of Memphis.  The test is administered annually to groups of graduating seniors as part of the university's regular assessment of student learning.


Which University of Memphis students are assessed? When?

The ETS Proficiencey Profile is administered each year to approximately 500 seniors, proportional to each college's graduating class.  Students are given the 40 minute test within senior classes during the fall and spring of their senior year.


How are assessment data collected?

Assessment results are reported annually by ETS to the university.


How are data reported within University of Memphis?

ETS Proficiency Profile data for graduating seniors are grouped and presented by college and according to national norms.   The data from this test, along with other general education assessments, are reported to a subcommittee of the University Undergraduate Council which makes recommendations for improvement actions. 


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

Faculty at the University of Memphis evaluate the Proficiceny Profile results annually to determine academic strengths and areas where improvements are warranted.


The tested students are representative of the undergraduate student body at the University of Memphis as required by the Tennessee Higher Education Commission.

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 UofM, senior students who completed the ETS Proficiency Profile Critical Thinking test (n=542) scored higher than 44% of seniors at all other ETS Proficiency Profile-participating institutions in Spring 2010.

At UofM, senior students who completed the ETS Proficiency Profile Written Communication test (n=542) scored higher than 48% of seniors at all other ETS Proficiency Profile-participating institutions in Spring 2010.

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