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The University of Tennessee at Chattanooga Learning Outcomes

Student assessment takes place related to all degree programs, service unit levels, and departments that offer services to students, the public and the institution.  Assessment occurs at the course, department, co-curricular, and institutional level.  All degree programs (undergraduate, graduate, certificate, etc.) have stated student learning outcomes and have mapped those outcomes related to their specific program curriculum. 

Outcomes are selected on an annual basis to assess depending on past data, trends, and other indicators as discovered by the academic and service units.

General Education is assessed at the institutional level through senior exit exams and through a course recertification process that requires departments to outline their assessment and evaluation plans for the courses as they relate to overall general education outcomes.

A campus-wide Institutional Assessment and Effectiveness Committee is charged with the review and overall assessment of the plans and outcomes and serves as a champion for assessment across all campus activities and ensures support for ongoing assessment practices across campus. This Committee has representatives from across all institutional divisions and areas.




The University of Tennessee at Chattanooga administered the ETS Proficiency Profile in Summer 2014 - Spring 2015.

The University of Tennessee at Chattanooga conducted a Senior-only benchmarked administration of the ETS Proficiency Profile in Summer 2014 - Spring 2015. The results are displayed below in the SLO Results tab.

For additional information on UTC’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 ETP Proficiency Profile best aligns with UTC's institutional outcomes by assessing critical thinking, reading, writing and mathematics.


Which The University of Tennessee at Chattanooga students are assessed? When?

All graduating seniors are required to take the ETS Proficiency Profile.  Students are assigned a test date during the semester in which they are scheduled to graduate.


How are assessment data collected?

In addition to institutional assessment of outcomes, all academic programs outline student learning outcomes by major and assess those outcomes on an ongoing basis through a variety of direct and indirect assessment methods:  exit exams, major field tests, capstone and internship portfolios, performance, etc. 


How are data reported within The University of Tennessee at Chattanooga?

Results from the ETS Proficiency Profile are shared across campus and with the institutional General Education Committee.  Based on the data, the committee may review course materials and assessment and suggest changes.

Data are also collected at the departmental/major level and analyzed by a campus-wide Institutional Assessment and Effectiveness Committee. 


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

Assessment data is reviewed by the Institutional Assessment and Effectiveness Committee, who then notes and reports concerns at an institutional level that may prompt continuous improvement projects. 


Seniors are tested in the semester in which they are scheduled to graduate.  However, students may not actually graduate in the semester in which they are tested. 

Some seniors are randomly assigned to take an alternate exam (the Critical Thinking Assessment Test [CAT]), which provides additional information to the institution on UTC's critical thinking Quality Enhancement Plan (ThinkAchieve). 

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 UTC, senior students who completed the ETS Proficiency Profile Critical Thinking test (n=1563) scored higher than 31% of seniors at all other ETS Proficiency Profile-participating institutions in Spring Summer 2014.

At UTC, senior students who completed the ETS Proficiency Profile Written Communication test (n=1563) scored higher than 54% of seniors at all other ETS Proficiency Profile-participating institutions in Spring Summer 2014.

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