An important aspect of our educational program is the ongoing analysis of how our curriculum fulfills the ideals and goals of the college's mission and the learning objectives set forth by each department and program. Analysis based on learning objectives and learning outcomes plays a crucial role in assessing our programs while maintaining faculty autonomy and creativity.
Annual assessment reports provide the opportunity for departments and programs to reflect on the dynamic role of learning outcomes in developing and implementing curricula, and how departments and programs are meeting their learning outcome objectives. Ideally, an ongoing cycle of assessment reports will inform your five-year Curriculum Committee review, thus making assessment and use of feedback from assessments a natural part of the curricular work of your department.
The Assessment Report, due by June 30 each year, is your opportunity to describe how you evaluate student achievement of departmental or program student learning objectives and how your assessments are incorporated into curriculum planning.
In your annual report please provide the following information:
Please note that effective, meaningful assessment of learning outcomes does not need to be burdensome. Whatever the process, the establishment of meaningful "feedback loops" to discuss and act on data is key to the usefulness of outcome assessment.
The Institutional Research Report Repository is a great source of valuable data for your department or program. One among many additional resources is Assessing Outcomes and Improving Achievement, edited by Terrel Rhodes and published as part of the AAC&U VALUE series.
Please contact Lisa Ferrari (firstname.lastname@example.org) with questions, comments, or concerns.
Thank you for your on-going assessment work.