Program Assessment

Description

Program Assessment involves first defining the program’s mission, its distinguishing purpose and commitment to the students and professional community. The program mission must be in accord with the University, College and School’s missions.

Goals for the program are then developed. These overarching aims provide direction for the specific objectives or outcomes of the program.

PROGRAM Objectives or Student Outcomes designate student performance in terms of specific, measurable activities that provide evidence of learning. A program’s student learning outcomes address three primary areas: 1) discipline specific knowledge, skills, attitudes, behaviors, and values; 2) communication; and 3) critical thinking. These outcomes are addressed in various courses and experiential learning opportunities throughout the program.

SMART Guidelines

MATT Guidelines

MATURE Guidelines

Direct Measurement Approaches

Evidence from direct measurements can be examined to determine if program change is warranted. If so, changes are implemented and the assessment cycle continues.

Indirect Measurement Approaches

Much can be learned from compiling information from current and former students and employers. Though this information cannot stand alone as a measure of effectiveness, it provides an additional option in reviewing performance.

In addition to the information included here, we invite you to participate in events focused on Assessment listed in our calendar and to contact the Faculty Center for additional assistance.

 

Faculty Spotlight View Other Award Winners

Cynthia Hutchinson
College of Education Cynthia      Hutchinson I am a follower of Leo Buscaglia who prefers the term "educator" to "teacher." He explains that "educator" comes from the Latin term, "educare," which means to tend or support the growth of another. That is the role I hope to play in the lives of my students. I am careful to follow A. Bronson Alcott's ...

Tison Pugh
College of Arts & Humanities Tison   Pugh The common feature of all medieval literature, despite differences in authors, cultures, and genres, is that it is very, very old. When beginning my courses, I often face resistant students who have predetermined that, due to its age, the literature under examination is irrelevant and offers nothing of interest to...

Carlos Valdez
College of Business Administration Carlos  Valdez I believe about teaching that it is a way to change the world. A course can be a small action but with great impact in students' lives if the course creates the appropriate learning environment where the students learn not only the theory but also how to apply it in real world scenarios. I studied communications ...