Step 1: Consider implications

Consider the results in light of the program’s mission, goals, and learning outcomes.

  • Do the results tell a coherent story about student achievement related to program learning outcomes? 

  • Are there differences between expected and actual results? 
  • What are some possible implications of the results?
  • Do the results indicate a need to initiate a curricular review?

Consider how the results support evidence-based strategic planning or incentive-based budget requests. 

Step 2: Communicate results

Share results with faculty, students, campus community, and community/industry stakeholders via department website, alumni newsletters, and/or social media tools. Celebrate successes and acknowledge areas in need of improvement.

Step 3: Act on results

  • Identify action items related to specific results.
  • Determine who will be responsible for initiating each action item.
  • Monitor actions as they are implemented to determine whether they have the desired effect(s).
  • Establish timelines for following-up / reporting back.

Step 4: Plan for next cycle of assessment

Use results to plan next assessment cycle: consider additional / different measures of student learning; consider additional / different processes for assessing student learning.