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                                ASSESSMENT PLAN: TEMPLATE

                                        Program Information
Academic Program (Major, Degree
Name)
Degree

Department or Program

Division

Academic Year (when the plan will
begin, or “already in progress”)
                                            Contact Person
Name
Title
Department
Email Address
Phone
                                     Program Mission Statement

This is an educational mission statement focused on the major, not an organizational mission statement
for your department or division.

Example: The mission of [insert name of major or degree program] is to [insert the program’s primary
educational purpose] by providing majors [insert the program’s primary functions and activities] in
order to [insert description of how the major or degree program contributes to the development and
careers of its students].

                                     Student Learning Outcomes
Each program or major should have at least three measurable outcomes. If you have more than 4, please
list them and describe means of assessment in an attachment. Outcomes describe the knowledge, skills,
and abilities that a student should attain by completing the degree program. Each statement should be
specific, well-defined, simple (not compound), and aligned with the program’s mission.

Mathematics example: Students will be able to draw correct inferences using quantitative analysis.
1.

2.

3.

4.
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                                       Means of Assessment
Data Collection   For each learning outcome, state where and when data will be collected, who will be
                  responsible, how and if student work will be sampled, and estimated sample size.
                  Please indicate how you will assure that the data are representative.

Direct, Course-   For each learning outcome, list the course or courses where students will be
Embedded          demonstrating the outcomes and the assignment(s) in them that you will use for
Assessment        assessment purposes (e.g., capstone project, final examination, research paper,
                  portfolio, etc.).
Scoring           For each learning outcome, describe how you will score students’ level of mastery of
                  the outcomes. For example, will you use a rubric or answer key, or will it be scored
                  by a testing company? If your plan has a rubric, be sure to include the rubric as an
                  appendix. Who will do the scoring? One or more persons? How will scores be
                  reported (e.g., total scales or sub scores)?
Indirect          For each learning outcome, describe how you will indirectly assess students’ and
Assessment        other stakeholders’ perceptions of their learning in relation to these outcomes (e.g.,
(Perceptions of   course evaluations, focus groups with graduating students, alumni survey, employer
Student           survey, etc.).
Learning)
                  Attach relevant questions on online course evaluations, alumni survey, employer
                  survey, focus session, etc. in an appendix.


                                     Completing the Package

Feedback Loop     Describe how and when you plan to share the findings of the assessment of these
                  outcomes with faculty and other stakeholders. Explain briefly how you will ensure
                  that your unit makes improvements based upon the assessment findings and revises
                  the assessment plan as needed.
Timetable         Attach a timeline of major assessment activities to fulfill the assessment plan.

Prior approvals   Has this plan already been approved by an external or internal body, e.g., ABET, CAS
                  divisional writing committee? If so, whom?
Available data    Do you already have data collected on one or more of your outcomes? Please
                  indicate YES or NO here.




            PLEASE RETURN YOUR SURVEY TO CECILIA SHORE BY SEPT 15.
                                  Miami University

    CHECKLIST FOR DEVELOPING & MAINTAINING AN ASSESSMENT PLAN
◊   Name a contact or point person for assessment of each degree program or major in
    your unit.

◊   Create a timeline for assessment activities. Be sure to include the steps below.

◊   Create or review the educational mission statement for the degree program or
    major.

◊   Develop at least three student learning outcomes for the program or major that are
    aligned with the educational mission statement.

◊   Create a target goal for outcomes (i.e., percent of students achieving them by
    graduation), and identify courses (and assignments and activities within them)
    where outcomes are learned by most students in the program.

◊   Identify how you will score or directly measure students’ level of mastery of these
    outcomes (e.g., rubric, answer key).

◊   Identify how you will measure perceptions of students’ mastery of outcomes (e.g.,
    course evaluations, alumni survey, focus groups, employer survey).

◊   Collect, analyze and interpret data.

◊   Discuss results with faculty and other stakeholders. Identify changes needed to
    improve student learning.

◊   Act on results, and maintain feedback loops.

◊   Create assessment report; re-evaluate and revise assessment plan as needed.

				
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