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Assessment Handbook

In recent years there has been a dramatic increase at IUS in formal assessment activities. During the 2004-05 school year, however, the Academic Assessment Committee (AAC) conducted a faculty survey and found that despite generally positive results a significant number of respondents suggested a general lack of understanding of assessment terminology, techniques, and approaches (see Campus Assessment Results). Some faculty also noted a need for dissemination of assessment information and results across campus, all so that the process could be better understood.

In response to this call by IUS faculty, Pat Daly, the 2004-05 AAC chair, created this Assessment Handbook for the Web, which is a chapter by chapter guide for departments when designing, implementing, and conducting program assessment.

Note: The files below are in PDF format. You will need Adobe Acrobat Reader to view them.

Table of Contents

Download the entire Assessment Handbook. (All chapters 1 through 9 above)

Assessment Updates

Fall 2012 Programmatic Assessment Reports were due on Friday, November 30. As of Tuesday, December 4, we have received 7 of 25 programmatic assessment reports (28%), with 9 programs permitted extensions. If your program requires an extension, please contact Ron Severtis at

23 programs have full programmatic reports due this year; 3 programs have update reports due this year; and 3 programs have already fulfilled their reporting requirements this year.

One primary goal of the OIE assessment team is to work with faculty of all programs, especially those with annual or biennial assessment cycles, to improve programmatic assessment and facilitate each program to achieve triennial cycle status. As of Fall 2012:

  • 14 programs (42%) are on the triennial cycle
  • 2 programs (6%) are on the biennial cycle
  • 17 programs (52%) are on the annual cycle