Assessing learning outcomes

Responsibility for ensuring the ongoing quality of academic programs rests with our faculty, who are experts in their disciplines and best positioned to articulate the standards of performance for student learning in their degree programs. The central goal of outcomes assessment is to generate actionable information about student learning to inform programmatic and curricular decision-making. Outcomes assessment is vital to ensuring equitable opportunities-to-learn for all students.

Our locally-defined approach to outcomes assessment is informed by the Principles of Good Practice for Assessing Student Learning.

Quick Start Guide

  1. PLAN: Articulate goals for student learning; review / create curriculum map to analyze alignment between desired outcomes and opportunities-to-learn; identify partners & establish timelines.
  2. INQUIRE: Develop guiding question(s); develop data collection plan (types, sources, amount); collect and analyze extant and/or new evidence.
  3. INTERPRET: Set performance standards; discuss / share results with colleagues, students, and others.
  4. APPLY: Identify action steps; assign responsibilities and timelines. Implement and communicate changes to students, colleagues, and campus; plan next cycle of assessment.

Assessment to Go (A2Go)

A2Go: Articulate goals for student learning

A2Go: Create an assessment plan

A2Go: Create a curriculum map

NOTE: This website is designed to support program learning outcomes assessment, which focuses on the use of aggregated evidence of student learning to inform decision-making at the program, college, or campus-level. If you are looking for information about course-based assessment tools and strategies, please contact the Center for Educational Effectiveness.