Assessment Awards

KU Degree-Level Assessment Award

Presented by the Office of the Provost

This annual award recognizes outstanding contributions, commitments, and efforts that degree programs have made to their educational improvement through assessment of student learning. The award alternates between undergraduate and graduate programs every year (2017 undergraduate and 2018 graduate). The selected program will receive $5000 that can be used to advance its work on teaching, learning, and assessment. The University Academic Assessment Committee (UAAC) reviews nominations and notifies the winner in early spring.


To be eligible for this award, the degree program must meet the following criteria:

• The nominated program is a degree-granting graduate program;
• The program submitted its annual program assessment report to the Online Assessment System.

• The selected program will present at the Student Learning Symposium on Feb. 23, 2018, where the award will be bestowed. A program representative must be present at the event.

Degree programs will self-nominate by providing basic information through a simple online nomination form. The primary documents used for review are the annual program assessment reports submitted by November 14, 2017. No other documents are required, but additional supporting documents are welcome.

The nomination form is available at

Selection Criteria include:
• Clear articulation of assessed learning outcomes
• Clear alignment between learning outcomes and selected assessment measures
• Presentation of collected evidence
• Involvement of faculty in the assessment process
• Use of assessment results for educational improvement

Detail information about the selection criteria is available to download: Selection Criteria (PDF)

Questions regarding this award can be sent to Judy Eddy at

More information about the Degree-Level Assessment Process can be found at

Guidelines on Uses of the Award:

Examples of activities that could be supported by the award include but are not limited to: planning faculty assessment retreats; facilitating faculty meetings on teaching and learning; workshops facilitated by consultants; travel to conferences or other campuses to learn about successful pedagogical strategies; faculty summer salary for program-level assessment planning or evaluation; student employment (undergraduate or graduate) for assessment assistance; books on teaching, learning and assessment; software to support assessment processes; and/or incentives to engage students in assessment processes (participation in tests, surveys and/or focus groups).

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