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Curriculum & Assessment

Steps to Developing an Assessment Plan

There are several steps to follow in creating a new or improved assessment plan:

  1. Examine the learning outcomes that have been outlined by the department for the course or program to be assessed (these should taken directly from the master syllabus or program approval documents).
  2. Identify those learning outcomes that will be assessed. Rather than attempting to assess all the learning outcomes on the course syllabus, choose those that seem most critical to the overall goals of the course which can be meaningfully measured.
  3. Select your assessment tool(s): methods or instruments for gathering evidence to show whether students have achieved the expected learning outcomes. Determine if there are existing data sources or tools that may be used or if new tools must be selected or developed. Select those tools that seem most appropriate to the learning objectives and student population being assessed. For sample tools, see Sample Assessment Methods.
  4. Select the student population to be assessed (e.g. random sample of sections, graduating student, etc.).
  5. Specify procedures for analyzing and interpreting the evidence gathered in assessment. Prior to administering assessments, create a scoring rubric or other method of evaluating results, and determine the departmental standard for performance expectations (e.g. success equals 75% of students meeting outcomes). Determine if the assessment will be episodic (a snapshot of student performance at one point in time) or ongoing (a recurring, consistent, and comparative assessment of student achievement over time).
  6. Determine how the information that results from assessment can be used for decision making, planning, and course/program evaluation and improvement. Develop means whereby involved faculty can review the data, make recommendations for change as appropriate, and incorporate such changes in the unit's planning cycle. Report findings to the area Dean and the Assessment Steering Committee, and include them when submitting curricular changes to Curriculum Committee.

Assessment and its Importance

Find out what assessment encompasses and why it is important for our academic institution to participate in the process.

Assessment Committee

A brief description of the Assessment Committee, as well as an archive of meeting agendas and minutes. Go directly to the Assessment Committee meeting minutes.

Assessment vs. Grades & Evaluation

Discover the difference between assessment and evaluation. Information on the use of both assessment and evaluation is provided.

Course, Program, & General Education Assessment

Contains information on each of the three types of assessment that are conducted on a regular basis at Washtenaw Community College.

Assessment Responsibility

The Assessment Responsibility section provides information regarding the responsibility of each faculty member and the institution as a whole with respect to assessment.

Steps to Developing an Assessment Plan

Provides a step-by-step set of guidelines for developing an assessment plan for an individual course or program.

Assessment Tools

Outlines information on appropriate assessment tools as well as sample assessment methods.

Creating a Scoring Rubric

Provides a description of a scoring rubric as well as a link to a downloadable template.

Analyzing and Using Data

Find out what to do with your data once it has been collected.

Glossary of Assessment Terms

Find out Glossary of Assessment Terms.

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