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Assessment Criteria

Assessment Criteria

Throughout each phase, the doctoral programs were measured against a common set of Assessment Criteria that are benchmarked to the UC2019 Operational Principles set forth by the President in his strategic plan.  At each level of review throughout the 6-Phase Process, a standardized Overall Quality Rubric was utilized.


Centrality to Mission

  •     Program Vision and Strategy
  •     Alignment to UC2019
  •     Identifying Opportunities for leveraging program in support of mission and vision
  •     Relevance to College Mission



The University of Cincinnati as a community is dedicated to learning and scholarship, and to creating an environment where freedom of inquiry and discourse may occur in a climate of inclusiveness and civility. Through experiential education and research, we will build rigorous learning experiences that will integrate theory and practice, produce a sense of contextual complexity and community engagement, and create learning that is exceptionally self-directed, integrative and transformational.


Student Quality and Demand
  •  attracting students of high quality
  •  ex:  the quality of the applicants to the program, demand for the program, admissions selectivity, and the program’s national/international draw
Student Support
  • providing financial support to its students
  • ex:  the sources of support, the current average stipend level for students appointed on assistantships and fellowships, and the percentage students in the program who are supported with stipends
Student Outcomes
  • achieving the highest quality of outcomes for the student
  • ex: the number of graduates annually, doctoral completion rates and time-to-degree rates, graduate satisfaction survey results, the employment of graduates, and the number of academic and post-doctoral placements
Undergraduate and Professional Education
  • impact on undergraduate and professional student education
  • ex: the number of courses taught and assisted, faculty resources offset, and number of undergraduates and professional students impacted



A university must be more than a repository of information or a conduit for transmitting information. A university must be a place where knowledge is created, where research, creativity and scholarship produce new ways of understanding and changing the world. Innovation and entrepreneurship are necessary for stimulating new ideas and for taking our research into the public domain. The university will pursue public and private support for innovation initiatives, and focus resources through an infrastructure designed to support innovation.


Faculty Scholarly Productivity & Recognition
  •  benchmark faculty productivity and recognition against peer institutions
  •  ex: the quantity and quality of the faculty scholarly output, as well as documented faculty achievements and recognition
Student Scholarly Productivity & Recognition
  • ex: the quantity and quality of the student scholarly output, as well as documented student achievements and recognition
Undergraduate Research Experiences
  • impact on undergraduate research experiences
  • ex: the number of undergraduate students involved, quality of experiences, number of students that continued on to graduate school, and external funding attracted for this activity
Ability to Attract External Funding
  • ability to attract external funding in support of doctoral education
  • ex: the number and percentage of students funded with external funds, average stipend levels supported with external funds, source of external funds (gifts, federal, etc.), number of external doctoral fellowships, and total research funding allocated for doctoral student research
Development of Intellectual Property
  • development of intellectual property through faculty and doctoral student research
  • ex: the number of patents awarded, invention disclosures filed, and start-up companies initiated with doctoral student involvement


Global Engagement

The University of Cincinnati will realize its global influence through a genuinely international awareness and experience. We will identify, develop and integrate the knowledge and skills that each person needs in order to live successfully within our world-wide community and to contribute to human advancement in meaningful ways. Our students will understand and be able to succeed throughout the ever-evolving modern world.


Student Engagement
  • Ex: student participation in programs abroad, as well as student engagement in programming locally to build international awareness and experience, and student scholarship that contributes to global engagement
International Enrollment
  • Ex: the program’s international draw with respect to the quality of students enrolled and the diversity of countries from which students originate
Faculty Engagement
  • Ex: faculty participation in programs abroad, as well as faculty research and scholarship that contributes to global engagement



The University of Cincinnati is committed to creating and maintaining a community that is broadly diverse and inclusive. In all aspects of university operations, the university will promote full participation and access without regard to race, ethnicity, gender, age, disability status, socioeconomic status, gender identity, sexual orientation, religion and regional or national origin.


Student Diversity
  • Ex: enrollment trends, quality of underrepresented students attracted to the program, as well as time-to-degree and completion rates for these students
  • specific initiatives the program has championed to strengthen student diversity
Faculty Diversity
  • initiatives the program has pursued to strengthen faculty diversity