MTSU Guide to Best Practices

MTSU This Guide to Best Practices for Academic Program Analysis and Improvement assists MTSU faculty and departments in academic program analysis and improvement. This site provides suggestions on how to collect, analyze, synthesize, and interpret information to evaluate curriculum for the purpose of improving student learning outcomes. The questions and answers assist in all areas of institutional effectiveness, including the construction of your department's Institutional Effectiveness Plan.

How To Use This Site - The FAQ Method

Effective academic programs align the following curricular elements: mission, goals, objectives, instruction, and assessment. This site permits examination of each of these components and features a list of frequently asked questions designed to help you determine the alignment of curriculum and overall effectiveness of your program with respect to each element. The answers, or suggestions, that are provided represent practices that are employed by successful departments and/or units at MTSU. When appropriate, links to examples are included.

Helpful Hint: Print the comprehensive FAQ list and use the questions as a checklist while you review your academic programs.

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