UNM Los Alamos



Institutional Effectiveness at UNM-LA

Each academic program and administrative unit at UNM-LA is committed to culture of student success, which includes continuous and documented engagement in assessment activities. This cyclic process tracks success and opportunities for improvement in our courses, academic programs, and administrative units.

At UNM-LA, our goal is to engage in a cyclic process of continuous improvement through which:

  • We determine what outcomes we want;
  • We perform;
  • We evaluate our performance;
  • We identify strengths and weaknesses in our performance;
  • We celebrate our successes;
  • We examine our weaknesses for opportunities to improve;
  • We implement those improvements; and
  • Then we begin again.

To accurately optimize our performance, we collect and analyze data annually to inform as well as drive our decisions, improvements, and program reviews. This process aids UNM and UNM-LA in ensuring that the mission and purpose of the University are being achieved.


  • CARC meetings 2nd Tuesday of the Month


  • At faculty orientation, Department Chairs will share assessment results with their faculty members
  • Archive: Submit orientation agendas to your One Drive folder


  • Assessment Coordinator submits Academic Program and General Education Assessment Reports and CARC State of Assessment Report to Dean for Maturity Rubric scoring
  • Mentoring Sessions for General Education instructors


  • UNM/HED GE Core course assessments for Fall due to DC


  • Dean submits State of Assessment Report to main campus
  • At faculty orientation, Department Chairs will share assessment results with their faculty members
  • Archive: Submit orientation agendas to your One Drive folder


  • Mentoring Session for General Education instructors


  • UNM/HED GE Core course assessments for Spring due to DC
  • Workshop: General Education and Academic Program Reports
  • DCs complete UNM/HED GE Core Course Reports
  • DCs complete Program Assessment Reports
  • CARC Review of Program Assessment Reports using Maturity Rubric
  • Program Assessment Report entered onto One Drive

Meetings & Workshops

  • DC Monthly Assessment Meeting: Every 1st Tuesday of the month at 2:00 p.m.
  • CARC Monthly Meeting: Every 1st Tuesday of the month at 3:30 p.m.
  • WORKSHOP: Academic Program Assessment: May 20, 2016/ May 19, 2017, 8:45–3:00 Room 628 “General Education Reports & Academic Program Assessment Annual Report”

Mentoring Sessions

Around Week 10 of each semester, all General Education instructors will receive an email invitation to course assessment mentoring sessions.

Mentoring Sessions for Adjunct and Core Faculty (by appointment):

  • Fall semester: Week 13–Week 16 (November–December)
  • Spring Semester: Week 13–Week 16 (April–May)

Contact: mickeyl@unm.edu

NM Higher Ed Assessment & Retention Conference

This annual regional conference is over 21 years old and has grown to include presenters and attendees from all over the country and beyond. This conference in our own “back yard” is an exceptional and valuable professional development opportunity. It includes internationally well-known keynote speakers as well as pre- and post-conference workshops. The conference is target toward faculty and staff who are involved in assessment-related practices, activities, projects, and initiatives are encouraged to attend and submit proposals to present at the annual NM HEAR Conference. For more information about the NM HEAR Conference, please visit the website. UNM Assessment Connections Retreat http://assessment.unm.edu/events/assessment-connections-retreat.html The purpose of the Assessment Connections Retreat is to promote a culture of assessment by facilitating discussions and providing a structured and supportive environment for the UNM community to share and collaborate on assessment-related practices, activities, projects, and/or initiatives.
  • Agendas – 2015 | 2016 | 2017
  • Opening PowerPoints – 2015 | 2016 | 2017
  • Keynote Speaker(s) PowerPoints – 2015 | 2016 | 2017
  • Evaluation Survey Results – 2015 | 2016 | 2017
For more information about UNM's Assessment Connections Retreat, please contact the UNM Office of Assessment at (505) 277-4130 or assess@unm.edu.