Academic Assessment: Objectives and Policies

Posted On May 18, 2015
Categories Academic Policies

Objectives

The objectives of the College’s assessment program are as follows:

  • To measure learning attainment of our objectives relative to learning outcomes
  • To provide a feedback loop to heads of academic units, program directors and faculty that will be used to continually improve curricula, co-curricular activities, and other aspects of the program that contribute to the achievement of learning outcomes
  • To provide a feedback loop to serve as a catalyst for teaching, learning and pedagogical innovation
  • To ensure compliance with assessment and assurance of learning requirements contained in the standards established by our accrediting agencies.

Responsibility

The faculty member responsible for a program or major (henceforth Faculty Director) is responsible for managing the assessment process for the program/major and for closing the feedback loop by using the assessment results to continually improve the program/major. Faculty directors should manage the assessment process in collaboration with the head of the academic unit, the Assistant Dean or staff member in the Dean’s Office who is responsible for assessment, and the Associate Dean who is responsible for curriculum and programs. Although the faculty director has overall responsibility for the assessment process, various components of the process will generally need to be delegated to faculty who are actively engaged in the program.

For college-wide programs, the program steering committee should participate in the evaluation of assessment results and contribute to responses to ensure continual improvement. For majors or programs associated with an academic unit, the evaluation and associated responses should include the faculty of the associated academic unit. All faculty members who teach in a program, and all faculty members attached to the relevant academic unit for programs or majors associated with academic units, should be informed about assessment results obtained during each academic cycle and any related changes. The faculty director of programs/majors attached to an academic unit will review assessment results and proposed responses with the head of the academic unit. On an annual basis, faculty directors for all programs and majors will then review the results with the associate dean responsible for curriculum and the assistant dean or staff member in the Dean’s Office responsible for assessment.

Process

  • Programs and majors should assess learning outcomes on an annual basis and use these outcomes as feedback to continually improve curriculum, programs,
    and the assessment process.
  • Assessment cycles may be tem porarily disrupted following major changes to a program. However, such disruptions should not exceed two years for Flex
    programs or one cohort cycle for cohort programs.
  • On an annual basis, the faculty for programs/majors attached to an academic unit will submit assessment results and improvement plans to the head of the
    academic unit for review and evaluation.
  • On an annual basis, the faculty director of college-wide programs or the academic unit head for programs attached to an academic unit will submit
    assessment results and improvement plans to the associate dean who is responsible for curriculum and the assistant dean or staff member in the Dean’s
    Office who is responsible for assessment. For cohort programs, the annual submission should occur within two months of the completion of a cohort cycle.
    Programs that start multiple cohorts in different semesters may choose, in consultation with the Assistant Dean or staff member responsible for
    assessment, when to report assessment results. For non-cohort majors and programs, the annual submission should occur within two months of the end of
    the academic year.
  • The associate dean responsible for curriculum and the assistant dean or staff member in the Dean’s Office responsible for assessment will meet annually with the faculty director and/or academic unit head to discuss the assessment process and potential improvements for future assessment activities.
  • The Dean’s Office will input assessment results and corresponding reactions into University systems (e.g., WEAVE) that serve as repositories for data on
    assessment results and associated activity. Faculty directors should provide assessment results and reactions to the Dean’s Office to allow for sufficient time
    to meet University reporting deadlines.
  • The Academic Councils shall review one-third of the applicable assessment reports each year such that the Academic Councils review an assessment report
    for each respective program/major on a triennial basis. The Academic Councils can request that the Faculty Directors meet with the Councils to discuss an
    Assessment report, and the Councils will offer feedback to the Faculty Directors.

(Recommended by Executive Committee 4/13/15 & Faculty Affairs Committee 4/14/15)
(Approved by the Faculty of the Robinson College of Business 4/22/15)