As an institution that focuses on the principles of high performance, learning-centeredness and continuous improvement, Aims has developed processes and guidelines to ensure academic programs are reviewed for improvement. Aims uses as diverse a picture of academic program performance as possible. Evidence is gathered from multiple sources of different types in order to determine data and information patterns for more reliable results in assessing a program’s strengths and opportunities for improvement. Some of these sources of information include:
After collecting information, the utmost priority is to use the information to ensure that academic programs assess for improvement and “close the loop” so that trends and concerns are addressed, and action is taken to drive the changes necessary for improvement. Follow-up actions are also monitored and assessed for effectiveness, creating an effective review cycle.