Program Assessment

Nota bene: The terms goals, learning outcomes, and outcomes are all used interchangeably. They represent what you expect students to know and be able to do once they complete the program and/or course.

Assessment is an iterative and ongoing process. As part of the annual report prepared by academic departments for submission to college deans, assessments offer faculty the opportunity for comprehensive or targeted review of the department or program’s stated learning outcomes or objectives. Departments may choose to assess individual outcomes or objectives in a given year, or to review a group of outcomes. All of the department’s learning outcomes should be assessed at least once in a five year cycle. The results of the annual assessments contribute to both short term and long term planning and serve as the basis for self-assessment in the department’s Academic Program Review (APR), which is required every five years.