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The Office of Academic Planning and Assessment is dedicated to promoting best-practices in higher education assessment. We offer support and assistance to programs, offices, and departments campus-wide with their assessment efforts.  In addition, the Office of Academic Planning and Assessment supports the assessment of Sam Houston State University's Core Learning Objectives.

For more information, or for assistance with your assessment efforts, please contact Brandi Jones at or 4-1353. 

News & Updates

SHSU was named as one of just seven members of the 2019 class of Excellence in Assessment designees, a national program aimed at recognizing colleges and universities conducting comprehensive assessment of student learning outcomes as a means to drive internal improvement and advance student success. SHSU is one of just 27 institutions to earn this award since 2016, and the first Texas college or university to do so. Read about our journey here:

SHSU utilizes Anthology Planning to help manage and document our annual programmatic assessment processes.  Check out the User Guide for navigation assistance. 

The Office of Academic Planning and Assessment offers Assessment Mini-Grants.  If you are interested in applying, please visit our Assessment Mini-Grant page for more information.

Do you have assessment related questions?  The Office of Academic Planning and Assessment has an Assessment FAQ to assist you.

The Office of Academic Planning and Assessment provides a Meta-assessment rubric.  This rubric is designed to help evaluate the quality of annual assessment plans and can be found on our Assessment Resources page.

Upcoming Assessment Deadlines


  • Assessment Plan Updates (Goals, Objectives, Indicators/Criterion, and KPIs) should be entered by all units by December 3, 2021
  • Assessment Findings and Results should be entered by all units by August 1, 2022
  • Actions and Plan for Continuous Improvement Elements should be entered by all units by September 2, 2022
  • The 2021-2022 Assessment period in Anthology Planning will be closed for entry on October 3, 2022