Both academic and nonacademic administrative units at UNM are expected to develop and submit an administrative unit assessment plan and annual assessment report. The administrative unit assessment plan and annual assessment report document how the unit intend to complete and actually has completed, respectively, the six steps of an assessment cycle (see diagram below) throughout the fiscal year. The administrative unit assessment cycle at UNM begins in the summer and ends in the spring—spanning the summer, fall, and spring semesters. The assessment cycle timeline for administrative units is the same as the academic year timeline at UNM.
The following are characteristics of academic and nonacademic administrative units at UNM. These characteristics are not intended to define the units as such but to be used to guide units in developing and implementing their assessment structure.
Academic Administrative Units
- Primarily directly engage and/or impact students and their learning
- Include academic support programs/units and co-curricular and learning pathways programs, initiatives, activities, and services
- Demonstrate impact on students’ retention, transition/persistence, and/or graduation
- Develop and measure student learning and/or administrative unit outcomes
- Examples: Center for Academic Program Support (CAPS), Residence Life and Student Housing, Career Services, and the University Advisement Center
Nonacademic Administrative Units
- Mainly provide services that do not directly impact students and their learning
- Include operational, structural, and/or organizational programs, initiatives, activities, and services
- Develop and measure administrative unit outcomes
- Examples: Parking and Transportation Services, the Physical Plant Department, UNM Bookstore, and the Purchasing Department
Administrative Units Assessment Plans
Administrative unit assessment plans should be reviewed and approved by the unit’s department and/or division every seven years. In order to inform and communicate to faculty, staff, and the UNM community the goals, outcomes, and assessment practices and methods of the units, departments or divisions are expected to post publicly the assessment plans of their units on the department’s or division’s website.
Annual Administrative Unit Assessment Reports
Annual administrative assessment reports, including accompanying evidence, are due starting on July 1st for initial review and feedback by the department or division. Keep in mind that units are expected to report only on the student learning and/or administrative unit outcomes that were measured during the previous academic year or the most recently completed assessment cycle. The unit is responsible for designating a team or person to write and submit its annual assessment report.
Departments or divisions that oversee one or more units are expected to establish internal processes and deadlines for their units from July to March regarding the submission, review, and collection of final drafts of their units’ annual assessment reports. After an initial review of the unit assessment report has been completed and all feedback have been addressed, a final draft should be submitted to the department or division by April 1st. The departments or divisions are responsible for ensuring that the Office of Assessment has access to all their units’ annual assessment reports, including accompanying evidence, by April 1st. Please contact the assessment director or coordinator of the unit, department, or division, for access to and/or information on administrative unit assessment reports and internal processes and deadlines.