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What Questions are Asked?

The assessment questions can be categorized into six main groups.

Assessment Questions #1

1. How are your stated student learning outcomes appropriate to your mission, programs, degrees, students, and other stakeholders? How explicitly do major institutional statements (mission, vision, goals) address student learning?

  • How well do the student learning outcomes of programs and majors align with the institutional mission?
  • How well do the student learning outcomes of general education and co-curricular activities align with the institutional mission?
  • How well do course-based student learning outcomes align with institutional mission and program outcomes?
  • How well integrated are assessment practices in courses, services, and co-curricular activities?
  • How are the measures of the achievement of student learning outcomes established?How well are they understood?
Assessment Questions #2

2. What evidence do you have that students achieve your stated learning outcomes?

  • Who actually measures the achievement of student learning outcomes?
  • At what points in the curriculum or co-curricular activities are essential institutional (including general education), major, or program outcomes assessed?
  • How is evidence of student learning collected?
  • How extensive is the collection of evidence?
Assessment Questions #3

3. In what ways do you analyze and use evidence of student learning?

  • Who analyzes the evidence?
  • What is your evidence telling you about student learning?
  • What systems are in place to ensure that conclusions are drawn and actions taken on the basis of the analysis of evidence?
  • How is evidence of the achievement of student learning outcomes incorporated into institutional planning and budgeting?
Assessment Questions #4

4. How do you ensure shared responsibility for student learning and assessment of student learning?

  • How well integrated are assessment practices in courses, services, and co-curricular activities?
  • Who is responsible for the collection of evidence?
  • How cross-functional (i.e., involving instructional faculty, Student Affairs, Institutional
  • Research, and/or relevant administrators) are the processes for gathering, analyzing, and using evidence of student learning?
  • How are the results of the assessment process communicated to stakeholders inside and outside the institution?
Assessment Questions #5

5. How do you evaluate and improve the effectiveness of your efforts to assess and improve student learning?

  • What is the quality of the information you have collected telling you about your assessment processes as well as the quality of the evidence?
  • How do you know how well your assessment plan is working?
Assessment Questions #6

6. In what ways do you inform the public about what students learn—and how well they learn it?

  • To what internal stakeholders do you provide information about student learning?
  • What is the nature of that information?
  • To what external stakeholders do you provide information about student learning?
  • What is the nature of that information?
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