assessment cycle

24: Program Assessment in 24 Hours/Year

In this workshop, attendees will leave with several blueprints that will help them move their program through the …

Chair’s Series. The Wheel of Assessment: Roles & Responsibilities

This workshop looks into the assessment cycle and how a department chairperson can help move assessment forward in …

The Assessment Office supports programs as they engage in program-level assessment of student learning. Program assessment is undertaken for the purpose of improving student learning and guiding program development. It is faculty-driven and faculty-supervised. It involves establishing student learning outcomes, measuring/observing and documenting the extent to which outcomes are achieved, and finding ways to improve programs so effectiveness is increased. This poster describes how the Assessment Office assessed its Program Outcome #3: “Academic degree programs complete the assessment cycle, which includes faculty members using assessment results to improve student learning.” Data were collected through the Annual Assessment Reports submitted by program in Fall 2009. Results suggest that while the number of programs engaged in assessment activities has increased since 2008, not all programs have completed an assessment cycle. The Assessment Office used the results to develop the spring 2010 workshop series, improve the on-line Annual Assessment Report system, and schedule consultations with programs.

Annual Reports: Assessment Status Across Campus

The Assessment Office supports programs as they engage in program-level assessment of student learning. Program assessment is undertaken …

The poster describes the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering’s process of assessing program outcomes. The steps in the assessment process are first described followed by a list of program outcomes. Only direct modes of assessment are used. The frequency of assessment is tabulated. The poster then expands on the use of performance appraisal in select courses, which represents a relatively new mode of assessment that the department has recently adopted. Performance appraisal is performed once every three years per outcome and is advantageous in that it can be used as a vehicle to involve more faculty members and facilitate faculty buy-in to the assessment process. Detailed is the schedule involved in the performance appraisal assessment process along with a sample scorecard and a sample evaluation of one outcome. The sample scorecard contains the concepts that were evaluated along with the performance criteria. After one cycle of assessment of using performance appraisal, the Department is interested to know whether the changes implemented will result in any program improvement. It is envisioned this continual process of assessment will lead to continuous quality improvement.

Assessment of Program Outcomes

The poster describes the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering’s process of assessing program outcomes. The steps in …