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Assessment and Institutional Effectiveness


The mission of the Department of Assessment and Institutional Effectiveness (DAIE) to develop, implement, and maintain a comprehensive assessment program to evaluate the institution's effectiveness in meeting its goals and objectives, as well as ensuring compliance with all accreditation standards and requirements. Through its activities, the DAIE supports and aligns with Palo Alto University’s (PAU) values of “Excellence & Integrity” and the strategic pillars of “Academic Excellence” and “Student Success” through the assessment of academic program and institutional goals. 


The Department of Assessment and Institutional Effectiveness is committed to:

  • Develop and implement a comprehensive assessment program that aligns with the strategic goals of the institution.
  • Develop and implement strategies to improve institutional effectiveness in response to WASC Senior College and University Commission (WSCUC) accreditation standards and requirements.
  • Oversee the collection and analysis of data related to student learning outcomes, institutional effectiveness, and academic program review.
  • Collaborate with academic departments and other institutional stakeholders to ensure that assessment data is used to inform decision-making and improve institutional effectiveness.
  • Serve as a resource to faculty and staff on matters related to accreditation and institutional effectiveness.

DAIE Updates

  • Watermark Insight’s Student Learning and Licensure (SLL) Implementation:
    • Phase: Integration of Watermark’s SLL with Canvas to collect student learning outcomes

Institutional Assessment

Palo Alto University consistently engages in evidence-based efforts to help the institution understand, promote, and improve academic effectiveness and student success. Below are institutional assessment efforts at PAU:

  • Institutional Learning Goals
  • Assessment Committee
  • Annual Assessment Summit
  • Accreditation - WSCUC
  • Academic Program Review
  • Annual Assessment Reports
  • Resources & Trainings

Contact Us

Rowena G Gomez, PhD

Assistant Provost of Assessment and Institutional Effectiveness (APAIE)

Tiana Kraus-Koziol
Tiana Kraus-Koziol

Director of Academic & Strategic Effectiveness