Assessment Process and Schedule

 

The Program Outcomes Assessment (POA) Process

The POA process consists of four main activities and repeats every semester:POA process

Planning Assessment

During this phase the Assessment Committee decides which outcomes will be assessed.

The Assessment Schedule dictates that every outcome will be assessed at least once every two years:

  Even Years Odd Years
Fall b, c, d h, i, k
Spring a, j e, f, g

In addition, the Assessment Committee might also decide to reassess certain outcomes.

Assessment Schedule from 2014 - 2018 as it follow. 

Course

Assessment Semester

S14

F14

S15

F15

S16

F16

S17

F17

S18

CS 100W

 

 

X

 

 

 

X

 

 

CS 146

X

 

 

 

X

 

 

 

X

CS 151

 

X

 

 

 

X

 

 

 

CS 160

 

 

 

X

 

 

 

X

 

 

Assessment

Regardless of the outcomes to be assessed, instructors of all assessed classes submit task assessment reports (TARs, also called Performance Indicators or Rubrics) for each section taught. These reports are submitted to the course coordinator, who is responsible for archiving them.

Evaluating Assessment

If outcome x is scheduled to be assessed in a given semester, then coordinators of all assessed classes that enable the outcome according to the Outcome Matrix must submit an Outcome Assessment Report (OAR) to the Assessment Committee at the end of the semester. The OAR is based on all relevant TARs collected since the last assessment of the outcome. The OAR also contains the coordinator's analysis of the data and recommendations.

The Assessment Committee publishes an Outcome Assessment Report (OAR) within two months of the end of the semester. The OAR is based on all of the Course Assessment Reports (CARs) submitted. (In cases where only one course is assessed for a given outcome, the OAR may just summarize the corresponding CAR.)

The OAR may contain recommendations.

Implementing Recommendations

In many cases OAR recommendations take the form of minor pedagogical changes or minor changes to the course content. These recommendations are recorded in the "Teaching Tips" section of the course's official online syllabus. The course coordinator makes sure all instructors are made aware of the recommendation.

Sometimes OAR recommendations take the form of policy or curricular changes. These changes are discussed during the department's monthly Strategic Planning Retreats.