Degree-Level Assessment Process
Each academic unit submitted an assessment plan for each degree program addressing the following critical components:
- What are the degree-level learning outcomes?
- What data will be collected to assess the learning outcomes?
- How are the data being used to improve student learning?
Units will implement and update (as appropriate) their assessment plans and make an assessment progress report by mid-November each year. Units must conduct data collection on at least one student learning outcome each year. Though use of assessment results is not required every year, units are expected to document their use of assessment results for program improvement at least every 3 years. It is also expected that a full assessment cycle (assessment of all learning outcomes) will be completed at least every 8 years.
Generally an assessment report will reflect assessment data from the prior academic year. The report should provide information about progress made in evidence collection, results interpretation, and use of results. Below are questions that may guide your thinking:
- What are your current degree-level learning outcomes? Have the learning outcomes been modified over the last year?
- What evidence of student learning was collected in the past year? Which learning outcomes does the evidence address?
- What have you learned from the evidence you collected?
- What recommendations have been generated from discussions of assessment results among the faculty?
- What changes did you make as a result of these assessments in the past year?
The next degree-level assessment reports due date is November 14, 2016.
To help units complete their assessment plans and reports, the Office of the Provost and Center for Teaching Excellence will provide continuous workshops, consultation, and support. In adition, the CTE's Documenting Learning Specialist, Joshua Potter (firstname.lastname@example.org), is available to help units through this process. Joshua will be offering assessment workshops and individual consultations to help units design and implement meaningful assessment plans and reports. Visit the CTE website for a list of workshops and other assessment resources. Please contact email@example.com for technical support with the Assessment System Online.
Documenting, Reporting and Using Assessment Results for Program Improvement
The ultimate goal of student learning outcomes assessment is to enable faculty and programs to plan and implement program improvements to facilitate student learning. In order to achieve this goal, assessment needs to be a shared responsibility.
- Program faculty are expected to document how they have collected, analyzed, reviewed, and used the assessment results to enhance their programs as a whole.
- Department chairs and program directors are responsible for coordinating student learning outcomes assessment within their units. They are also responsible for engaging faculty in discussion and use of assessment results.
- Deans are responsible for coordinating student learning outcomes assessment within their schools. They are also responsible for establishing internal reporting processes and schedules that ensure that assessments are occurring on a regular basis, and that the results are being used to improve programs as appropriate.
- The Senior Vice Provost for Academic Affairs coordinates the assessment process, in collaboration with the University Academic Assessment Committee (UAAC), and discusses general recommendations at the university level with deans, department chairs and undergraduate and graduate directors as needed.
- The University Academic Assessment Committee (UAAC) considers general assessment issues and makes recommendations to the Office of Academic Affairs.