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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

2013-14 Academic Program Assessment Reports are due May 11, 2015. Coordinators, please check your email for step-by-step instructions on report submission.

The new WEAVE assessment and strategic planning software will be fully implemented September 1, 2015, for all academic programs. Over the next few weeks, programs will be given access and instructions to their WEAVE site, with access to their program learning goals, student learning outcomes (SLOs), measures, tools, and data results from 2010-11 through 2013-14. Data from 2014-15 will be added this summer.

In Fall 2015, the typical academic program cycle will resume, and coordinators will be given updates as to the status of their assessment cycle and detailed instructions on submitting their 2014-15 assessment report.

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 2013:

  • 11 programs (33%) are on the triennial cycle (19 to 25 pts)
  • 3 programs (9%) are on the biennial cycle (16 to 18 pts)
  • 19 programs (58%) are on the annual cycle (less than 16 pts)

Are you a new coordinator? Or are you planning on stepping down as coordinator within the next year? The Assessment Coordinator Guidelines provides information for assessment program coordinators. It is a good tool to pass along.

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