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Departmental Assessment. Process and Report Guidelines Concordia University Wisconsin Spring 2008. Purpose of this material. To understand Concordia’s process of assessing student learning outcomes To assist faculty and departments preparing program/departmental assessment reports

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    1. Departmental Assessment Process and Report Guidelines Concordia University Wisconsin Spring 2008

    2. Purpose of this material • To understand Concordia’s process of assessing student learning outcomes • To assist faculty and departments preparing program/departmental assessment reports • To increase collaborative assessment efforts in departments • To introduce new organization of Assessment Report which will improve the process

    3. Why is assessment of student learning outcomes important? • To improve student learning • To create faculty ownership for student learning • To facilitate dialogue within departments • To improve program quality • To meet the University’s accreditation requirements

    4. Continuous Improvement Cycle of Assessment

    5. Definition of our assessment process (same six steps) • Step A – Identify Student Learning Goals • (prior and current) • Step B – Select Tools and Processes to Measure Goals • Step C – Organize Data and Identify Results • Step D – Make Conclusions, Share Results • Step E - Identify and Implement Changes • Step F– Evaluate Prior Change Recommendations

    6. Step A – Identify goals • Identify departmental student learning needs (what) • Identify expectations levels of student learning (how high) • Identify percentage of students that should achieve this level (how many)

    7. Step A – Identify goals • Make goal measurable by indicating how it will be demonstrated • Example – 85% of graduating seniors will have entry level knowledge of disciplinary research methods as demonstrated by a grade of B or better on the senior capstone research project. • Share goal expectations with students and other constituencies • Complete Step A: • Report all of last year’s goals (1, 2, 3,etc.) • Choose 3 new goals for 2008/09 (4, 5, and 6)

    8. Step B – Select tools and processes to measure goals • Find evidence within your program courses or use other measurement processes that can measure the established goals individually • Establish measurement tools if they don’t currently exist (i.e. student portfolios or program exams)

    9. Step B – Select tools and processes to measure goals • Identify what aspect(s) of the tool will enable measurement of each goal • Identify departmental processes to collect these data • Complete Step B: • List processes/tools for each goal • Describe new processes for next year’s goals

    10. Step C – Organize Data & Identify Results • Organize data for each goal throughout the year based on the chosen tool(s) • Identify results compared to each goal Describe the results of data collected compared to each goal in Step C of your report.

    11. Step D – Make Conclusions • Collaborate within departments to interpret your data: • Analyze and interpret the level at which student learning meets your expectations based on your evaluation results • Identify gaps between your results and expectations of student learning • Identify ways to use the results of your assessment to improve student learning • Share results and analyses with students and other constituencies Document your conclusions about the results in Step D.

    12. Step E – Identify and Implement Changes • Collaborate within departments to identify and implement changes: • After drawing conclusions, identify changes needed in such areas as teaching, curriculum, or student preparation to bring student learning to the level desired • Plan and implement changes to improve student learning (immediate or ongoing) • Identify departmental processes to track changes Identify changes needed in Step E.

    13. Step F – Evaluate Prior Change Recommendations • Report prior changes implemented • (last year or years prior if not implemented until this year) • Report on the results of changes implemented • (what does data show now?) • Make further recommendations (goal met or not?)

    14. Step F – Evaluate Prior Change Recommendations • Re-evaluate assessment plan tools and evaluation processes in light of changes recommended and follow up results • Share change results with students and other constituencies Describe actions, results, and re-evaluation of tools in Step F.

    15. Department/ Program Assessment Report Format • Each department/program creates report by goal • Send completed report to Dr. Tammy Ferry by June 15

    16. Department/ Program Assessment Report Format • Choose narrative or table format for report • In narrative format, organize as follows: Goal 1 • 1a (goal this year/next year), • 1b (tool(s) this year/next year), • 1c (results), • 1d (conclusions), • 1e (changes and when to be implemented), • 1f (prior recommendations and re-evaluation). Goal 2 continues as above