Academic Program Assessment

The goal of academic program assessment is improved student learning and better programs. The unit of interest is the program and the focus is on student learning. Program assessment is an ongoing process designed to monitor and improve student learning at the program (e.g., degree) level. Annually, through reports due on June 30th, programs describe their assessment-related activities conducted over the year, with an emphasis on direct measures of student learning, suggested changes in curricula, policy, or programming that arise as a result of the data collected (i.e., action plans), and review of previous action plans and their effect on student learning.

It is not individual student, faculty, or course evaluation.


What is the difference between program assessment and program review?

Program review is a comprehensive review of a department that takes place every 5 years and incorporates information from the academic program assessment process as part of a fuller report.