Educational Effectiveness Plan (EEP)

The Educational Effectiveness Plan (EEP) offers an ongoing structure for departments to conduct systematic inquiry into the effectiveness of their efforts to support student success. Drawing from the essential elements of student learning assessment, the EEP focuses on evidence-based inquiry and using results to enhance department/program practices.

EEP provides a streamlined process for departmental reflection and reporting. Inquiry results can be used on an ongoing basis to inform the full range of departmental planning and reporting requirements, including: annual Planning and Budgeting, Program Review (Academic Quality and Development, or AQAD), Strategic and Unit Planning, and Disciplinary and NEASC Accreditation.

To this end, the EEP requires departments to do the following on a regular basis:

  1. Review and adapt your learning objectives and experiential goals for your students.
  2. Review the alignment of these objectives with your curricular design and delivery, instruction, and other practices.
  3. Identify and analyze the evidence you currently have about students’ progress on those objectives.
  4. Identify the actions you will take (or have taken) to improve or enhance your students’ learning and experiences.
  5. Identify and implement a department-defined line of inquiry into student success. The new EEP process includes the expectation that departments will identify, design, and implement their own investigations into their program effectiveness through ongoing inquiry into their students’ learning and experiences.

Note: The expectations for the Spring 2018 Plan are that departments will complete items 1-4 in the list above, as well as identify a line of inquiry, outline an initial plan, and schedule for conducting the inquiry (inquiry to begin no later than Fall 2018, initial reporting of progress Fall 2019). The long-term report and review schedule is outlined in the EEP Reporting and Review Schedule

All of the above relates to Undergraduate students, but per NEASC requirements, departments should also report Graduate SLO’s.

Academic Departments' Initial EEP Report Due APRIL 15TH, 2018

The following documents contain additional information and instructions for the EEP. Guidance and consultation is also available from the Office of Academic Planning and Assessment (OAPA) by contacting Martha Stassen (mstassen@umass.edu or 413-545-5146).