Office of Institutional Research & Assessment

Assessment Protocol

Two Stages of Assessment

Stage 1: Annual Assessment Report [replaces the former Assessment Template]

An annual review of student learning outcomes will be conducted by every program, area, or unit, questioning relevancy based on internally devised and conducted metrics, disciplinary or interdisciplinary paradigm shifts, and fit with the University SLOs. The revision, deletion, or addition to a program's SLOs will ensure that they remain dynamic and relevant. Some or all of the SLOs must be assessed annually, employing some quantifiable methodologies selected from the Gloria Rogers model. Two methodologies should be used to measure each SLO. Programs may elect to measure quantitatively only one-third of their total SLOs annually, perhaps focusing on one of the "Know, Do, and Value" categories each year in turn, renewing the process every fourth year. Alternatively, units may choose other approaches, but the Assessment Committee recommends that all SLOs be measured quantitatively within a three-year cycle. The AC has developed guidelines for annual reviews, along with documents for reporting the process and results to the AC (see attached, "Annual Assessment Report"). The report is due by October 1 each year, summarizing the assessment activities of the prior academic year.

Stage 2: 5-Year Program Review

Every five years, each department (or comparable /relevant academic program) will conduct a thorough review of all areas of its functioning. Focus areas of the 5-year review, which should include at least one external expert in undergraduate education (or graduate education for master's programs) and assessment chosen in consultation with the college dean include:

  1. Stage 1 annual review of student learning outcomes
  2. Program deletion/revision/retention
  3. Faculty/staff productivity analysis
  4. Future position requests as predicted on a variety of supportive data
  5. Library/laboratory resource needs
  6. Facilities inventory/needs projection
  7. Review of endemic changes in the discipline /profession, with consideration of attendant opportunities and challenges
  8. Curricular review and alteration, as needed
  9. Analysis of strengths and weaknesses
  10. Program goals for the next 5 years

The Assessment Committee's document "Academic Program Review" outlines the purpose, process, criteria and schedule for program reviews.