In order to continuously improve teaching and learning, all academic programs including majors, and stand-alone minors and certificates, participate in program assessment.
This includes gathering and analyzing data on how well students are meeting learning outcomes, making and implementing plans to improve teaching and learning, and evaluating whether changes had an impact. These activities are outlined in the Program Assessment Plan. Assessment plans are updated in conjunction with a program’s seven-year program review. Each year on January 15, departments and programs submit an Annual Program Assessment Report covering the previous academic year. Programs with external accreditation or licensing obligations complete a summary report. Annual assessment reports provide supporting information in the program review process. All faculty and instructional academic staff in a unit are expected to participate in gathering data, analyzing data, discussing results, making and implementing plans for improvement, and evaluating those efforts.
Co-curricular and student support programs also develop plans for assessing student learning and/or experiences in their programs. They gather data, analyze data, make and implement plans for improvement, and evaluate the results of those plans. The plan for these activities is outlined in the Program Assessment Plan. Each year on January 15, departments and programs submit an Annual Program Assessment Report covering the previous academic year.
All plans and reports are uploaded to a Program Assessment Document Library accessible to the campus community and reviewed by the University Assessment Committee. Feedback is provided to units.