Student learning assessment takes place at the general education, program-specific, and institutional levels.
|Assessment of Student Learning||Timeline|
|Non-Accredited Programs||Academic Program Review (every 7 years) with periodic checks in place|
|Accredited Programs||Based on specific discipline accreditation requirements|
Assessment of student learning in concentrated areas (such as general education, institutional, or degree-specific) of study is viewed as a continuous cycle of improvement.
Outcomes: Outcomes identify what we want the student to be able to do as a result of learning.
Criteria: Criteria will determine if we have met the outcomes by predetermining a standard of success. Criteria must be measurable and clear to all stakeholders.
Data Collection: Data collection involves determining what data or information we need to gather, how we will gather it, and how it will be recorded or documented. This is the step where we make choices about assessment tools (for example, self reporting, fixed choice tests, classroom assessment techniques, or performance assessments).
Evaluation: Evaluation involves analyzing the collected data or evidence based upon predetermined criteria and asking relevant questions about the results. Questions could include "are our current activities getting us/students toward the outcome?"
Improvement: The improvement stage requires we determine what changes are necessary as a result of our evaluation. It can also help us determine what is working well, what needs to be nurtured, and helps to set priorities in a plan of action.This includes curricular decisions and the reevaluation of assessment processes with the intent to continuously improve the quality of student learning.