Old Dominion University (ODU) "engages in ongoing, integrated, and institution-wide research-based planning and evaluation processes that incorporate a systematic review of programs and services that (a) results in continuing improvement, and (b) demonstrates that the institution is effectively accomplishing its mission." Additionally, University Policy #5900 established in October 2003 states that "Old Dominion University...shall continue to pursue a regular schedule of assessment."
In preparation for our last reaffirmation in 2002, ODU developed a set of Word templates that were completed by all academic programs and administrative units. Based on a commendation received in part for the use of an Access database to track assessment reports in Student Affairs, it became clear that an assessment management system was needed. Within a couple of years of the 2002 reaffirmation, a Virginia peer institution - Virginia Commonwealth University - developed WEAVEonline (WEAVE). WEAVE was built on a typical assessment planning and reporting model as represented by the acronym WEAVE: