The Office of Institutional Research is devoted to obtaining empirical information to assist in the assessment of program effectiveness, research on institutional processes, development of strategic plans, and provision of a valid description of the characteristics of the University’s students, faculty, financial status, staff and facilities. Efforts are being made to increase the quality of our data, its format, and its availability to faculty and staff.
Primary Accrediting Agencies
Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges (SACSCOC)
Accreditation for the University; required by state and federal guidelines
Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB)
Accreditation for the University’s School of Business undergraduate and graduate programs
American Chemical Society (ACS)
Accreditation for the University’s Department of Chemistry programs
Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing (ACEN)
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National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE)
Accreditation for the University’s School of Education undergraduate and graduate programs
Masters in Psychology Accreditation Council (MPAC)
Accreditation for the University’s Master’s of Science in Applied Psychology
National Association of Schools of Theatre (NAST)
Accreditation for the University’s Theatre Arts Major
National Association of Schools of Art and Design (NASAD)
Accreditation of the University’s Art Education Major
Fact Book 2016-2017
The primary Mission of the Office of Institutional Effectiveness is to ensure that the processes and expected results that are outlined in the Francis Marion University Mission Statement are planned for and evaluated in a regular and systematic manner. The Office of Institutional Effectiveness encourages continuous assessment and improvement of academic programs, student support offices, and administrative services by providing leadership and actively participating in the strategic planning and evaluation processes for the University.
All academic degree programs and support services of the University complete an annual assessment to evaluate their “success in meeting program goals and missions.” Each assessment report contains program goals, assessment methods, results and evaluation, and planned and completed actions. – Find a Report –
The Senior Exit Survey is given to the students attending required graduation rehearsal meeting. This meeting is required for participation in the graduation ceremony. This ensures the entire graduating class is represented for each academic year (Fall and Spring Graduations). Of these students no fewer than 95% of each graduating cohort have completed the survey for each of the last 5 years. Thus no random sampling is required to obtain our measures of satisfaction with their academic experiences in the general education curriculum and their major field.
In addition, the survey provides ratings for all student service and academic support units. As part of the evaluation of the general education curriculum, graduating seniors also rate the quality of their experiences in meeting the stated goals of the curriculum. Students are also surveyed on their current job status and future career and education plans.
Additional information is collected for specific information needed by the University for differing purposes or new research questions varies from year to year.
Title II Reports
Reports of passage rates on the PRAXIS II Exam used in certification of teachers in South Carolina and for advancing teacher training by the United States Department of Education.