Assessment activities at KU are guided by assessment policies and standards from the Higher Learning Commission (HLC), Board of Regents, professional accrediting agencies, and best assessment practices nationwide. Support and resources are provided by multiple units and committees on campus including but not limited to UAAC, UCCC, CTE, CODL, KU IT and the Provost's Office (see more details at Assessment Support and Resources Summary).

Assessment Policies:

KBOR Assessment of Student Learning Outcomes

Degree-Level Assessment

Assessment Funds

Assessment funds ($400 for departments with graduate and undergraduate degrees; $200 for departments with only undergraduate or graduate degrees) are distributed to the school budget offices each year to support department-level assessment activities. For schools with departments (CLAS, Education, Engineering, Pharmacy), individual departments must request their funds of the school budget offices. These funds can be used for any assessment activities that the department needs (as long as it is allowed by law and policy), such as overload payment for assessment activities, purchase of materials, registration for teaching/assessment related conferences, and assessment/teaching related software.


Q1: Do units need to submit assessment plans and reports annually?

A: In 2013, majority of degree programs have submitted their assessment plans as the roadmap for their assessment implementation. Those plans can be refined and revised anytime as appropriate and units do not need to submit assessment plans every year. But units are expected to submit assessment reports reflecting data collected from the previous academic year annually. Those reports are always due in mid-November.

Q2: How many learning outcomes do we need to assess every year?

A: Minimally, units need to assess at least one learning outcome per year with a plan of completing assessment of all learning outcomes in 8 years.

Q3: Can we assess the same learning outcome again this year?

A: Yes and and it is a great way to track students' learning growth over time. For programs with small enrollments, this approach can also help you accumulate enough data to make informed decisions.

Q4: I am recently appointed to work on our department's assessment. Where can I locate the assessment plan and assessment reports submitted previously.

A: First, go to to check whether you have an account in the Assessment System Online (ASO) where all assessment documents are stored. If not, you may contact Joshua Potter at to get your account set up. After that, you may follow the ASO user guides (see below) to access your departments' assessment documents:

Degree-level assessment:

KU Core Review:


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