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Assessment for Ensuring Effectiveness

Emory University is committed to ongoing, integrated, and empirically based planning and evaluation processes that result in measurable improvement in institutional quality and demonstrate the effective accomplishment of its mission "to create, preserve, teach, and apply knowledge in the service of humanity." In order to ensure institutional effectiveness, Emory engages in the following university-wide evaluation processes:

  • Strategic planning
  • Annual reporting
  • Budget review and resource allocation
  • Periodic administrative reviews
  • Educational program assessment
  • Administrative unit assessment

In addition to managing budget reviews and resource allocation for the university, the Office of Planning and Administration also manages the assessment reporting process for educational programs and administrative support units.

Outcomes Assessment

Outcomes assessment is a systematic process used to measure success and provide feedback for continuous, incremental improvement. Educational programs and administrative units identify expected outcomes, assess the extent to which they achieve these outcomes, and provide evidence of improvement based on analysis of the results.

The U.S. Department of Education and regional accrediting agencies such as the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges (SACSCOC) require institutions to assess student learning outcomes and demonstrate achievement of educational goals. Learn more about Emory's related policy governing periodic administrative review as well as specific SACSCOC standards regarding assessment.

Reporting Process

Educational programs and administrative units submit assessment reports to the Office of Planning and Budgeting every two years. Faculty and administrators use these reports to identify outcomes, document assessment results, plan assessment strategies, and meet compliance obligations.

Forms and other specific information needed to complete annual assessment reports are available at these links:


The Office of Planning and Budgeting provides assessment guidance and support by:

  • Coordinating and supervising assessment reporting
  • Providing assessment consultations with faculty members and administrators
  • Collaborating with committees to implement assessment policies and projects
  • Developing compliance reports for accreditation purposes

The university assessment reporting process is managed by David Jordan, assistant vice provost for academic programs and planning.


David Jordan

Assistant Vice Provost, Academic Programs and Planning Institutional Accreditation