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Project 1: University Assessment System

Please answer questions 1 - 9 for each Student Learning Project your institution is working through its participation in the Academy for Assessment of Student Learning.

1. Student Learning Project (SLP) Title (10 word or less)

University Assessment System

2. Describe the SLP in 100 - 200 words

SCSU will have a university assessment system that reflects a sustained institutional commitment to assessing student learning in all programs and support services. The system will be clearly defined, carefully enacted, data-based, valued by all stakeholders, and used to enhance and strengthen our strategic plan for Academic Distinction.

Key terms:

  • University assessment system (assessment policies, procedures, structure, and resources)
  • Sustained institutional commitment (financial and ongoing)
  • All programs and support services (includes academic, co-curricular, extracurricular)
  • Clearly defined (e.g., institutional assessment plan and infrastructure)
  • Carefully enacted (training in effective assessment important, expectation of closing-the-loop in improving curriculum important)
  • Data-based (e.g., data management system and use of assessment data for review, curricular planning, and budget decisions)
  • Valued by all stakeholders (e.g., faculty, administration, staff, students, employers, and reporting agencies considered as stakeholders.  Contractual recognition of assessment efforts is important.)

3.  Please check the categories that best captures the content and scope of your project.

Nature of Project: Comprehensive Assessment System

Degree level: All levels

Assessment cycle: All phases 

4. List the organizational area (departments, programs, divisions) most affected or involved with this SLP. (50 - 100 words)

  • President’s Office
  • Assessment (University Assessment Director, Assessment Steering Committee, college assessment committees, academic support assessment committees, department and program assessment committees)
  • Academic programs and departments
  • Colleges
  • Student Life and Development
  • Center for Excellence in Teaching and Learning
  • Faculty Association
  • Academic Affairs
  • Institutional Effectiveness
  • Strategic Planning
  • Graduate Studies
  • Undergraduate Studies
  • Continuing Studies
  • Learning Resources and Technology Services

5. Specifically, what are the desired results of this project?  These results should be measurable, attainable, relevant, & time-bound (SMART).  In addition, one or more of these desired results should (a) directly relate to student learning; (b) generate evidence of student learning; or (c) demonstrate improvement of student learning.  (100 - 150 words)

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Note: The results are the major headings (numbered) in the first column of the chart.

6. Please answer the following questions regarding planning and managing this Student Learning Project or post an internet link that clearly provides the pertinent information:

6a. A detailed description of the activities/tasks that are necessary to ensure each of the above outcomes or results are met.  For example, who will be doing what, step by step? (approximately 100 words)

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Note: The activities/tasks are the minor headings (lettered) in the first column of the chart.

6b. The timeline for each of the above activities/tasks. Each timeline should be on a quarterly timescale or finer. (approximately 50 words)

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6c. A short rationale for the length of time (from implementation to completion) for each SLP. (approximately 50 words)

The Assessment Steering Committee is in the final stages of drafting guidelines and forms for assessment plans and annual reports. We expect these to be approved in time for programs to implement them this year. We have been collecting ideas for the process manual but won’t have time to complete this until next fall. The manual will be widely disseminated no later than the spring of 2008. Elaine Klein is coming to our campus in May to facilitate a “train the trainers” workshop for our assessment directors. Next fall, the participants in this workshop will conduct assessment consultant training for interested faculty and staff. These consultants will be available to assist programs with their assessment efforts. Also in the fall, we will look for other ways to build institutional assessment capacity through faculty attendance at assessment conferences and/or assessment grants for programs. What we are able to accomplish here will depend partly on funding.

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8a.    Describe how you plan to monitor the progress on this SLP (100-200 words)

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8b.    What are the specific indicators (evidence) that will tell you if this SLP is successful or not? (100 -150 words)

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9. Are there products (e.g., instruments, rubrics, ..etc) that can be shared from this project? If so,  post an internet link and provide a short description. (less 25 words) 

Not yet. Our assessment plan and reporting templates might be of some interest to others, but they have not been approved yet.

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