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Institutional Research, Assessment, & Testing


LSB 205, (808) 675-3457, Fax: (808)675-3329, Email: iresearch@byuh.edu

Office Hours: Monday—Friday, 8 a.m.-5 p.m.

Rosalind Ram, Associate Academic Vice President for Accreditation & Assessment (rose.ram@byuh.edu)
Paul Freebairn, Director of Assessment and Testing (freebaip@byuh.edu)
Kathy Pulotu, Institutional Analyst (pulotuk@byuh.edu)

Our Mission

The purpose of the Office of Institutional Research, Assessment and Testing is to further the mission and goals of the University and to support administrative decision-making and institutional effectiveness. We accomplish this mission by: collecting, interpreting, preserving, and disseminating information to the University's internal and external constituencies; contributing to the development and implementation of the University's strategic plan; coordinating annual assessment plans for the academic, administrative and educational support units; supporting campus-wide testing and research activities; and assisting in the development of the University's web portfolio and other institutional reports to meet accreditation requirements.

 

Assessment

BYU–Hawaii participates in a systematic collection, review, and use of information about educational programs, and academic, service and administrative departments in order to continually improve and to better support student learning and teaching. Each department on campus completes an annual assessment plan which is reviewed by the University Assessment Committee (UAC) to support student learning and institutional effectiveness. Academic departments also complete an in-depth self study or department review every six years in which both internal and external reviewers participate.

The University participates in several national surveys, such as the National Survey of Student Engagement (NSSE), and routinely surveys students, graduates and alumni to obtain feedback needed for continuous improvement. Several campus-wide studies/surveys are supported each year in order to obtain specific feedback for key administrative and service areas on campus. The University also maintains a library of assessment resources (books, articles, sample surveys, assessment methods, etc.) to support individual department and campus-wide assessment efforts and activities.

Testing

Located in McKay Room 115, the BYU–Hawaii Testing Center operates modern, state-of-the-art testing facilities for students and provides excellent assessment and testing resources for faculty, including scoring and analyzing exams, test question design, item banking, and test generation. The Testing Center allows students to take course exams outside the classroom at convenient times and provides students with immediate score feedback on objective tests. Students may also take interest and personality inventories. Data from these instruments can then be used as a basis for receiving counseling in educational, occupational, and personal decisions and goals.

BYU–Hawaii is a member of the National College Testing Association (NCTA) and is an official testing center for several national tests, including ACT, LSAT, MCAT, Praxis, Pro-metric and SAT. BYU–Hawaii also participates in the Consortium of College Testing Centers (CCTC) and administers placement and computer exams on campus as a service to students and the community. In addition, foreign language challenge tests are given in collaboration with the BYU Humanities Research Center in Provo. The Testing Center also administers English and Math placement tests for new students and provides registration and test information for most national exams. For further information, please call (808) 675-3536.