To document its assessment efforts, UMKC utilizes an online software company called WEAVEonline. Here is a description of WEAVEonline that is provided on their website:
“WEAVEonline…addresses the need to develop and maintain continuous improvement processes for both the academic and administrative structures within an institution. It guides and provides for the alignment of multiple processes, including assessment, planning, accreditation, budgeting and institutional priorities.”
According to its website, there are many questions that WEAVEonline can help us answer:
- Accreditation: How can our institution track compliance with all of the different accreditation requirements of regional, disciplinary and other agencies?
- Assessment: How do we teach assessment to our faculty and staff and make sure they plan for improvements the following year, i.e. create a culture of assessment?
- Stakeholders: How can we give different stakeholders–students, faculty, parents, employers, and taxpayers–access to appropriate information?
- Alignment: How can we identify where General Education and other core learning outcomes are being introduced, reinforced and emphasized?
- Resource Allocation: How do we identify the costs of necessary curricular and other changes that are identified during the reporting of assessment and planning data?
- Institutional Memory: How can we be sure that we do not lose our assessment/institutional effectiveness processes with changes in personnel?
- Strategic Planning: How can we track implementation of our strategic plan through the department and program level?
- Audit Management: How can we know the status of current assessment and planning work and which components are complete or still in need of work?
- Commitment to Excellence: How can we demonstrate that we are using the results of our work for continuous improvement?”
To login to WEAVEonline go to:
[To login to WEAVEonline you can use your UMKC SSO & password. As you get started, the ‘Quick Start Guide’ may be accessed via the HELP menu on the upper right side of the screen. The “Help for the Page” function under the HELP menu is also very useful. You can contact Nathan Lindsay for assistance and training for WEAVEonline.]