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Office of Institutional Effectiveness

Assessment through Inquiry

Assessment helps us understand how we can improve student learning and development by examining whether our programs and services are working as intended. University of North Florida (UNF) uses a model called Assessment through Inquiry to support assessment in academic- and student-services departments across UNF.

Assessment through Inquiry is an inquiry-based model of assessment, which helps answer the basic question: Are we serving our students effectively, and how can we improve? The model is designed to provide:

  • a consistent yet flexible structure for assessment
  • centralized support for staff engaged in assessment
  • an assessment focus on student needs, participation, satisfaction, and outcomes
  • collaboration and support for a culture of inquiry focused on practical and meaningful assessment work.

This work helps us speak to institutional accreditation standards, as well as contribute to institutional goals including the performance-based funding metrics and presidential goals for student success.

View the Assessment through Inquiry Model for the 2023 Assessment Cycle.


Each participating unit is represented by an Assessment Ambassador, or a designated point person to lead the unit’s assessment work. 

Community of Practice meetings are held the third Friday of each month to provide staff with ongoing training, support, and opportunities to engage with each other, Assessment Fellows, and OIE staff.

Canvas houses a collection of professional development materials for staff working on assessment. Brief videos, exemplars, and best practice information is available. Ambassadors submit assessment updates through Canvas to receive feedback and interact with staff. Contact Jennifer Perkins to gain access to the Canvas course.

2024-25 Community of Practice (CoP) Schedule

The 2024-25 Community Practice schedule will be announced later this year.