Undergraduate and Graduate Program Assessment Reporting Expectations

All Programs

Mapping template can be found here.

  1. Provide an updated curriculum map. Steps include: Update the map to reflect any curricular changes made since 2015. Review/revise/reaffirm the program-level learning outcome statements with your faculty. Finally, review/revise the mapping matrix to ensure courses intersect with the outcomes in a way that supports student growth and achievement of the program outcomes throughout the curriculum.  Indicate the degree to which the outcomes are Introduced, Reinforced and Emphasized for competency and mastery through the curriculum, paying attention to whether students moving through your program have sufficient opportunity to master your key outcomes through curriculum design and sequencing.
  2. Provide the URL for program learning outcomes posted on program website. Be sure the most up-to-date student learning outcomes are posted on your website. Include the URL in your program report.

Non-accredited Programs

Reporting templates can be found here.

  1. Assess an outcome which has not yet been assessed within your programto ensure all program outcomes are examined.  (Report Section I). If all outcomes have been assessed, think about assessing at a different point in the curriculum or using a different method of assessment (e.g. demonstration versus research paper).
  2. Follow-up on previous recommendations for change: Close the Loop.  (Report Section II: Follow-up assessment). Check prior reports to see if recommendations made were to be implemented and reassessed this round.  Closing the loop by reassessing ensures a program is able to to see if the changes resulted in improvement. (Prior reports include 2013, 2015)
  3. Use a strong sample of student work (or other demonstrations of student learning).It is helpful to plan ahead and identify work from various semesters and even consider using student work from the last academic year in order to create a sample which produces results that can generalize to the program. It is also helpful to develop rubrics or scoring tools with colleagues to determine criteria for various levels of student achievement.
  4. Engage faculty to help with assessment (collecting the assessment data, analyzing, developing conclusions and recommendations, and writing up the report by next May). Conversations around assessment are important for enhancing student learning.

Accredited Programs

Reporting templates can be found here.

  1. Complete the Inventory of Specialized and Program Accreditation (pp. 1, 2)
  2. Program update and highlights on recent assessment efforts (p. 3)

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