Institutional Effectiveness Awards Ceremony

Institutional effectiveness honorees, 2019
Institutional effectiveness honorees, 2019

Dec. 4, 2019

The third annual ceremony recognizing UNT units for excellence in documenting the effectiveness of their programs and services in supporting UNT's mission was held Nov. 19.

The institutional effectiveness process at UNT — which complies with the principles of accreditation of the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges — is focused on improving UNT’s student learning outcomes and services while increasing student success and institutional quality.

UNT has built institutional effectiveness plans for degree programs and academic departments as well as administrative, academic and student support, research and public service units. Through these plans, the university can document that each area is identifying expected outcomes, assessing the extent to which it achieves them, and seeking improvement based on an analysis of the results.

The award winners go beyond compliance in their dedication to continuous improvement at UNT. 

The administrative units recognized this year were:

  • Office of Outreach, Division of Enrollment
  • Office of Grants and Contracts Administration, Division of Research and Innovation
  • Office of Dining Services, Division of Student Affairs
  • Office of Recreational Sports, Division of Student Affairs
  • University Union, Division of Student Affairs

The academic programs recognized were:

  • Accounting B.S./Taxation M.S., Department of Accounting, G. Brint Ryan College of Business
  • Interdisciplinary Studies B.S., Department of Teacher Education and Administration, College of Education
  • Computer Science B.S., Department of Computer Science and Engineering, College of Engineering
  • Audiology and Speech-Language Pathology B.S., Department of Audiology and Speech-Language Pathology, College of Health and Public Service
  • Information Science Ph.D., Department of Information Science, College of Information
  • Media Arts B.A., Department of Media Arts, College of Liberal Arts and Social Sciences
  • Merchandising M.S., Department of Merchandising and Digital Retailing, College of Merchandising, Hospitality and Tourism
  • Mathematics M.A./M.S., Department of Mathematics, College of Science
  • Journalism B.A., Frank W. and Sue Mayborn School of Journalism, College of Liberal Arts and Social Sciences
  • Interior Design B.F.A., Department of Design, College of Visual Arts and Design
  • Music Education M.M.Ed., Division of Music Education, College of Music
  • Applied Arts and Sciences B.A.A.S., New College

Centers and Institutes Excellence Award

Centers and institutes provide a framework to advance UNT in the areas of service, outreach, interdisciplinary scholarship and externally funded research and development. The Centers and Institutes Excellence Award is presented to those demonstrating a strong commitment to the tenets of effectiveness through their work. The first recipient of this award is:

  • Global Digital Retailing Research Center

Outstanding Administrative Department Award

The Outstanding Administrative Department Award recognizes the UNT administrative department demonstrating a strong commitment to institutional effectiveness and excellence. Administrative departments serve an integral part in supporting the institutional mission and many of them receive state and national recognition for the quality of their work. The department receiving this year’s effectiveness award is:

  • Data, Analytics and Institutional Research (DAIR), Division of Enrollment

Core Curriculum Excellence Award

The University Core Curriculum is designed to ensure that all UNT students graduate with a breadth of knowledge gained through their general education classes as well as a depth of knowledge gained from courses in their major area of studies. These core classes help students further develop important and fundamental skills while gaining an enthusiasm for learning and an intellectual capacity they will use throughout their lives after college. A new award this year recognizes the academic department that is excelling in demonstrating effectiveness in the core courses it teaches. The first Core Curriculum Excellence Award belongs to:

  • Department of Mathematics, College of Science

Outstanding Academic Department Award

The Outstanding Academic Department Award recognizes the UNT academic department demonstrating a strong commitment to institutional effectiveness and enhancing student learning. The Outstanding Academic Department is:

  • Department of Sociology, College of Liberal Arts and Social Sciences