Program Assessment Overview
What is Program Assessment?
A continuous process of improving programs to improve student learning. It consists of collecting, analyzing and using student learning data pertaining to program level goals and expected student learning outcomes to improve student learning. For details on each component of the program assessment cycle please visit Program Assessment Tools.
Why do we need Program Assessment?
- To improve student learning and programs
- To do self-study for Middle-States Accreditation and Academic Program Review (APR)
- To make student learning outcomes the important driven force for program improvements
- To become Data-Driven-Decision Makers
- To identify changes and resources needed
- To inform concerned stakeholders
How to do Program Assessment?
Plan, Do, Check and Act (cycle): A basic guide on how to begin program assessment.
Model adapted from “UCF Academic Program Assessment Handbook”, University of Central Florida, ©2005, edition 2008, accessed September 2016 and has been further modified.
Suskie, Linda. Assessing Student Learning, a common sense guide. © 2004 by Anker Publishing now part of Jossey-Bass.