Guidelines for Program Assessment: Plan for Revision

What is your plan for revision of criteria, measures and methods?

Successful assessment plans are driven by two calendars:

  1. one that develops assessments for each goal separately. For example, one successful assessment plan with separate goals might put the development or review of assessments on a phased calendar.
  2. one that describes the year-to-year operation of the assessments. For example, a successful assessment plan might use an academic calendar with tasks identified for each month.

Example: Putting the development or review of assessments on a phased calendar

Goals Year 1 Year 2 Year 3
1. X    
2. X    
3.   X  
4.   X  
5.     X
6.     X

 

Example: Set up task calendars for the developing and implementing the assessments

Academic Year Planning and Development Cycle
September Set or review purpose(s)
October Set of review goals
November Identify learning that fulfills goals
December Determine criteria to measure goals
January Select multiple measures
February Formulate implementation plan
March Select and invite pilot student group
April Administer assessment
May Review and evaluate data
June Link curriculum and assessment data
July Revise goals, methods and measures
August Develop a reporting plan

Experience with conducting an assessment and in using assessment information will suggest needed updating and revisions.

Example: Create a planning calendar for developing the assessments.
From your experience conducting assessments, you might decide to use a planning calendar that would include the tasks and the point in the student's college career when the assessment would be made.

Task Entry Midpoint Exit
Set or review purpose(s)      
Set or review goals      
Identify learning that fulfills goals      
Determine criteria to measure goals      
Select multiple measures      
Formulate implementation plan      
Select and invite pilot student group      
Administer assessment      
Review and evaluate data      
Link curriculum and assessment data      
Revise goals, methods and measures      
Develop a reporting plan      

 

Example: Create a budget for each goal to be assessed.
Once you have established a planning calendar, you might want to identify fixed and variable costs associated with each step in the assessment process.

Task Fixed Costs Variable Costs
Set or review purpose(s) 2 hr x 1 mtg x 6 member committee  
Set or review goals 2 hr x 3 mtg x 6 member committee Survey of 100 selected faculty
Identify learning that fulfills goals 2 hr x 3 mtg x 6 member committee Purchase sample measures
Determine criteria to measure goals   Costs of invitations, tests, survey, follow-up
Select multiple measures    
Formulate implementation plan    
Select and invite pilot student group    
Administer assessment    
Review and evaluate data    
Program reform    
Professional development    
Public reporting    

 

  • Are costs identified for each step in the process of developing and implementing the assessment?
  • Are imbedded costs (such as faculty time in a meeting or conference) kept separate from new costs (such as travel to a meeting or purchasing assessment instruments)?
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