Academic Program Assurance of Student Learning Standards

Each major and stand-alone minor is to have an Assurance of Student Learning Plan that has been approved by the Student Learning Oversight Committee.  Each major and stand-alone minor is to submit an Assurance of Student Learning Activities progress report for review. Depending upon the developmental stage that they have reached in their assurance of student learning process, departments will report annually or every other year.

The following standards should be met:

  1. Assurance of student learning plan development and periodic update is expected to be a department wide, collaborative process.
  2. Assurance of student learning activities are expected to be a department wide, collaborative process.
  3. Assurance of student learning activities including data collection, analysis and related discussion are expected to occur on an annual basis - even if the department is on a bi-annual reporting cycle.
  4. The unit has identified measurable, program specific student learning outcomes.
  5. Each student learning outcome should have a measure used to clearly evaluate student competency levels. Unit should report results for assessment measures, even if they are incomplete, or if a full set of data has yet to be collected.Unit gathers, analyzes, and interprets both direct and indirect indicators of student learning.
    1. Unit should have a minimum of two measures in place for each outcome, one direct (required) and one indirect.
    2. Each measure may evaluate student achievement for more than one student learning outcome.
  6. Unit gathers, analyzes, and interprets both direct and indirect indicators of student learning.
  7. Unit gathers, analyzes, and interprets both formative and summative indicators of student learning.
  8. Unit makes a clear connection between assessment findings and how they interpret findings in relation to meeting stated student learning outcomes.
  9. Unit communicates assessment results to internal and external constituents (i.e. students, faculty, and the community).
  10. Unit describes changes or improvements that have been made based on assessment findings. Unit involves alumni, employers, and other external constituents in their assessment of curriculum and/or student learning.
    1. Unit makes a clear connection between assessment findings and areas of potential improvement.

Updated Summer, 2016