Every degree-granting program at UTMB engages in some type of mandatory assessment process (pursuant to IHOP Policy 10.1.1) to meet accountability standards and to ensure their quality and effectiveness using key quality indicators. The programs identify expected student learning outcomes, assesses extent to which each degree granting program achieves these outcomes, and provides evidence of improvement based on analysis of the results.
This internal process is focused on student learning outcomes in accordance with SACS Principles of Accreditation, Comprehensive Standard 188.8.131.52. The Office of Institutional Effectiveness facilitates this process annually and publishes the information for the university.
Other sources for program improvements may include internal and/or external reviews, school or program-specific accreditation requirements, as well as input from new program directors and faculty. Advances in science and medicine also are cited as reasons for improvement to program curriculum and expected student learning outcomes.