Faculty assessment of major programs is one crucial piece of program review.  Ideally, it is a focused conversation among faculty about the learning that you would like your students to do, a review of the work they have completed, and a discussion about how you collectively can help them to learn better.  Faculty determine what is important and how to improve the outcomes.  A relatively small amount of effort on an annual basis can lead to a better curriculum for our students.

 

For accreditation purposes, it’s also important for the university to have a report of this assessment.  To make it easier for you to report on assessment, we have developed a new electronic form.

 

Please help us with a timely and complete assessment of your program in 2016-2017:

  1. Assess your program with your colleagues.  We recommend that each program director work with at least two other faculty members.  RECOMMENDED: MAY or SEPTEMBER 2017, perhaps during a time when you are gathering to grade senior projects, anyway.
  2. Fill out this electronic form to report on your assessment.  DUE SEPTEMBER 29, 2017
  3. Post your assessment rubrics and artifacts to Nexus.  These pieces are needed for university accreditation purposes.  DUE SEPTEMBER 29, 2017

Then…

  1. The CAS Assessment Committee will provide you with feedback on your assessment process.
  2. The dean’s office will post a hard copy of your report and the CAS Assessment Committee feedback to Nexus, for university reporting purposes.

 

Notes on the new form:

  • Once you start to use the electronic form, it will SAVE YOUR PROGRESS AUTOMATICALLY.  Each time you click on the arrows to move to the next page, the form will automatically save up through that page.  You can return to the page for up to one month after your latest work, so long as you use the same computer and the same web browser.
  • You can use the attached ASSESSMENT FORM document as a reference before you start to fill out the electronic form AND as a place keep your own records of your assessment.
  • We urge you to keep your own records.  I’d also would be happy to send you a copy of your report if you need it.

 

If you are new to assessment or have any questions, please contact Associate Dean Rachel Chrastil or an ongoing member of the CAS Assessment Committee: Esmeralda Nastase (chair), Shannon Byrne, or Steve Yandell.  We’d be happy to talk over with you how to write effective Student Learning Outcomes, what measures to use, and how the assessment process can be a useful way to think about curriculum.

Our hope is that you and the faculty in your program will approach assessment as an ongoing conversation about what you do in your classrooms so that your students will benefit.