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Assessment and Institutional Effectiveness

About the Office of Assessment and Institutional Effectiveness

The Office of Assessment and Institutional Effectiveness, a department of the Office of the Executive Vice President of Academic Affairs, promotes rigorous evaluation in the pursuit of institutional excellence. The office supports, coordinates, and advances efforts to demonstrate that the University is fulfilling its academic mission and enhancing learning excellence within the community of learners. 

Our Mission

The Office of Assessment and Institutional Effectiveness will advance learning excellence through information, evaluation, and recommendations while striving for improvement through communication and collaboration.

Our Philosophy

Assessment assists in achieving excellence by asking: Who are we? Are we who we say we are? How do we know? How can we improve? Are the improvements working? Assessment activities increase the dialog about excellence throughout the campus community.

Assessment is the systematic and ongoing process of collecting, analyzing and acting on data and information and is an essential component in achieving the university's mission and supporting goals and outcomes. Assessment is oriented towards measuring results and using these results to aid in decision-making enhancement. Assessment is not an isolated event, but rather a communication loop affording continuous quality improvement of programs, departments, and courses.

The goal of institutional effectiveness is to integrate planning, evaluation, and budgeting processes into a comprehensive program that not only encompasses teaching and learning but also the array of administrative and support services which sustain the core of activities of the University.

Contact Information:

Director: Kaylyn Hansen
(580) 327-8150
Vinson Hall, Room 313
709 Oklahoma Boulevard
Alva, OK  73717

NWOSU Assessment Plan

NWOSU Strategic Plan 2016-21


HLC's Open Pathways to Accreditation


NWOSU Self-Study 2014

Course Evaluations - Special Forms

Course Evaluation Request Form

Please complete this form in order to make special request regarding your course evaluations.


Annual Reports

Annual Report of Student Assessment Activity

Assessment Committee Members

Assessment and Institutional Effectiveness Committee

Ms. Kaylyn Hansen, Director of Assessment and Institutional Effectiveness

Dr. James Bell, Dean of Faculty

Dr. Mindi Clark, Assistant Professor of Agriculture

Ms. Leslie Collins, Assistant Chair, Department of Nursing

Dr. Kay Decker, Professor and Chair, Department of Social Sciences

Dr. Deena Fisher, Dean, Woodward Campus

Dr. Christee Jenlink, Professor and Chair, Division of Education

Ms. Sheri Lahr, Registrar

Ms. Shannon Leaper, Director of Libraries

Dr. Wayne McMillin, Dean, Enid Campus

Student Representative - Ethan Sacket

ACAT Exams

ACAT Exam Request Form

If you would like to request ACAT exams, please click on the above link. 

Assessment Calendar

Recurring Assessments









Graduating Seniors (Biology, English, Psychology)






Alumni Survey
(5 years out)

Alumni-year denotes graduation year


2012 2013 2014 2015
Alumni Survey
(6 months out)
Alumni-year denotes graduation year

Fall 2016

Spring 2017

Fall 2017

Spring 2018

Fall 2018

Spring 2019

Fall 2019

Spring 2020

Fall 2021

Spring 2022

Co-Curricular Learning Survey All Students X X X X X

ETS Proficiency Profile

40-75 Credit Hours





Ranger Connection Survey First Time Freshman X X X X X
Administrator Evaluations All Full Time Faculty X X X X X

Faculty Satisfaction

All Full Time Faculty





Staff Satisfaction All Full Time Faculty X   X   X

Graduate Student Satisfaction Survey

Graduate Students






Noel Levitz (Student Satisfaction)

All Students






NSSE (Student Engagement)

1st year/Seniors



Student Success Data

Retention Rates

Retention Rates - Fall to Fall 14-15 15-16 16-17
First Time Freshmen 52.6% 52.2% 51.4%
First Time Full-time Freshmen 53.5% 54.3%

Graduation Rates

Graduation Rate/Degrees Granted - Based on full-time fall status 14-15 15-16 16-17
Graduation Rates 23.3% 26.4% 27.4%
Certificates 0 33 32
Associates 0 0 0
Bachelors 310 315 350
Master 46 44 53
Doctoral 0 0 0


Licensure Pass Rates for CPA, Teaching, Nursing

Graduate and Employment Data - 2017

Graduate and Employment Data - 2018


OSRHE Dashboards

Click the link below to view the Workforce and Economic Development Dashboards from the Oklahoma State Regents for Higher Education.


Critical Occupations Information

Northwestern Oklahoma State University

709 Oklahoma Blvd., Alva, OK 73717
Phone: (580) 327-1700

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Mission Statement

Northwestern Oklahoma State University provides quality educational and cultural opportunities to learners with diverse needs by cultivating ethical leadership and service, critical thinking and fiscal responsibility.

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