Last updated on March 9, 2021

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Assessment is a continuous process of gathering, evaluating and communicating information for continuous improvement. Assessment involves defining a program or a unit’s mission, developing desired outcomes, monitoring progress toward those outcomes, communicating results and using those results to make improvements.

Assessment provides evidence of how well the University is meeting its objectives, helps identify areas where improvement is needed and provides useful information to help guide decision-making and resource allocation.


AUC is committed to assessment as a tool to improve student learning, enhance institutional effectiveness and provide demonstrable evidence that the University is achieving its mission.

The Office of Strategy Management and Institutional Effectiveness (SMIE) is charged with supporting AUC’s commitment to excellence and continuous quality improvement. SMIE ensures that all schools, departments and academic programs engage in continuous assessment through an ongoing comprehensive institutional effectiveness process. During the reaffirmation of MSCHE accreditation, the evaluating team commended AUC on its efforts in planning and assessment. 

The AUC assessment process requires all academic and non-academic departments to submit annual assessment reports, reflect on their assessment results and the extent they are achieving their intended outcomes, and finally explain how results will be used for improvement. SMIE conducts gap analyses and quality reviews annually to ensure the effectiveness of the assessment process.

All departments enter their data periodically on the University’s planning and assessment software Compliance Assist, which is the repository for all assessment plans, reports and strategic plans and reports.

AUC has clear assessment processes at different levels within the institution:

  • Academic Assessment Process

Academic programs follow a six-year assessment cycle. All programs are required to annually report on their results and show how results are used to improve the effectiveness of their programs.

  • Strategic Planning Assessment

Departments are required to annually assess the progress of their strategic plans, report on their results and show how the results are used for continuous improvement. Linking planning, assessment and budget is a clear step forward that is in its early steps at AUC.

Using AUC’s mission statement as a guide, the University developed a set of key institutional learning outcomes for all undergraduate students. Through their courses of study, AUC graduates should attain proficiency in:

Professional Skills


AUC graduates will synthesize discipline-based knowledge with a broad-based liberal arts education. They will be proficient in the tools of their discipline as well as the tools of research and learning; make decisions that reflect the highest standards of ethical conduct and professional behavior and understand the importance of life-long learning.

Advanced Communication Skills 

 AUC graduates will be fluent in English and will be able to write and speak effectively in a variety of settings. AUC graduates will be able to communicate in Arabic, establish rapport in groups, be adaptable to new circumstances, work both independently and in collaboration with others and function effectively as leaders.

Critical Thinking 

AUC graduates will be independent learners, adept at using current technologies to access information and applying strong quantitative, analytical, and critical thinking skills to analyze and synthesize complex information to solve problems. 


Cultural Competence



AUC graduates will have an understanding and appreciation of Egyptian and Arab culture and heritage, as well as an understanding of international interdependence, cultural diversity, and consideration for values and traditions that may differ from their own. In addition, AUC graduates will have an aesthetic awareness of the various modes of human artistic expression and will be able to collaborate effectively in a multicultural context. 

Effective Citizenship

AUC graduates will value service to their local community and to broader causes at the national and international levels.


Integrated Planning and Assessment Guidelines

Academic Program Assessment:

Assessment of Strategic Plan:

SMIE organizes a number of annual assessment and institutional effectiveness workshops. The sessions emphasize the importance of the institutional effectiveness process, and how it can inform decision-making and continuous improvement of the University.

These workshops include:

1. Strategic Planning and Assessment Workshops designed to help department heads, faculty and staff (strategic planning coordinators and assessment coordinators) enhance the quality of their strategic plans, assess the progress towards their strategic goals using direct and indirect assessment measures, analyze results, and use results for continuous improvement.

2. Academic Program Assessment Workshop designed to help department heads and faculty (academic assessment coordinators) enhance their assessment plans including appropriate direct and indirect measures to assess program learning outcomes, and how to “close the loop” by using assessment results for decision-making and continuous improvement.

3. ePortfolios as a Single Assessment Tool for all your Program Learning Outcomes! ePortfolios are increasingly being adopted by higher educational institutions for their versatility and effectiveness in demonstrating student development and mastery of course and program learning outcomes (Benander, Robles, Brawn & Refaei, 2016).  Furthermore, ePortfolios are considered to be a High Impact Practice (HIP), as they allow for deep student learning by increasing student engagement. This presentation will discuss how ePortfolios can be used as an effective assessment tool, both as a direct and indirect assessment method, to assess all your program learning outcomes. Participants will leave with a better understanding of and guidelines on how to use ePortfolios effectively in their own settings.