SURVEY AND TEST RESULTS
Student Satisfaction Survey Results
NSSE - National Survey of Student Engagement
The National Survey of Student Engagement (NSSE) collects information from samples of first-year and senior students at over 600 universities across America. It is administered at UTC and other Tennessee universities twice during each five-year Performance Funding cycle. Results enable each institution to compare the extent to which its students are actively engaged in various aspects of their undergraduate education with those students at peer institutions within the Southeast and across the U.S. Overall comparisons with peer institutions are used as one of the criteria for additional revenue awarded under Tennessee Performance Funding. Results are also broken out by college, school, and department and distributed to faculty for use in the annual assessment and improvement cycle as well as in five-year academic program reviews. Presented below are summary results from the 2006-07 and 2008-09 administrations of NSSE.
Alumni Satisfaction Survey
The Alumni Satisfaction Survey is administered to baccalaureate graduates two years after they receive a degree from UTC and all Tennessee universities. This is one of the several assessment measures required by the Tennessee Higher Education Commission (THEC) as criteria for awarding supplementary revenue under Tennessee’s Performance Funding Program. Alumni rate their satisfaction with various areas of their educational experience at the university including general education, advisement, instruction in their major, and support services. Also included are a series of questions that elicit perceptions of graduates’ engagement in their undergraduate education, parallel to the NSSE items. This allows faculty to compare student perceptions with their educational experience at various points in time from different vantage points. Results are also disaggregated by program and college for use in both the annual assessment and improvement cycle, and the five-year Academic Program Reviews.
Major Field and Licensure Tests
Content specific examinations which measure skills and knowledge appropriate to specific academic fields, or to professional practice in licensure fields such as teacher education, nursing, engineering, and physical therapy are administered to graduating seniors annually. Licensure graduates are tested each year, while other fields are tested in the academic year prior to the scheduled academic program review. These exams are used both for Performance Funding allocation by THEC and by academic faculty for program improvement. In addition to professional licensure exams such at the PRAXIS, Fundamentals of Engineering, and NCLEX, other academic programs use discipline-specific exams in the ETS Major Field Test series and the Areas Concentration Achievement Tests (ACAT).
Major Field Tests
General Education Outcomes Tests
UTC and the other Tennessee Public Universities are required by the Tennessee Higher Education Commission to administer a comprehensive standardized test of general education content areas (writing skills, mathematics, reading, and critical thinking) to all baccalaureate graduates each academic year. Results of the general education exam are used as one criterion for awarding supplemental revenue under Tennessee’s Performance Funding Program. Results are reported within the University community by program and college for use in program planning and evaluation.
Between 2005 and 2010, the university of Tennessee at Chattanooga used the Collegiate Assessment of Academic Proficiency (CAAP), developed and marketed by ACT.
Beginning with Academic Year 2010-11, UTC began using the ETS Proficiency Profile for general education outcomes assessment. Both norm-referenced and criterion-referenced, and performance scores are reported from this exam.
Proficiency Profile Results