At UW-Stevens Point, the assessment of student learning is intended to provide the foundation for all academic planning and decision-making. The ultimate goal of assessment is to ensure the continuous improvement of student learning by refining the courses, programs, and policies that make student learning possible.
The review and evaluation of student learning in academic programs of study is the responsibility of the Assessment Subcommittee, which resides under the Common Council's Academic Affairs Committee.
The reporting procedure for program assessment has been revised. Rather than a five-year reporting cycle harmonized with each department's 10-year review cycle, we are switching to annual reporting of individual learning outcomes for each program. The goal will be to assess and report all learning outcomes within a five-year cycle. Consequently, programs with more than five program learning outcomes may need to report on multiple learning outcomes in a given year to meet that goal.
As explained in the Handbook, each annual report will have the following components:
Program Learning Outcomes: List all program learning outcomes, specifically indicating the knowledge, skills, and dispositions students will develop. The focal program learning outcome being assessed should be indicated.
Current Curriculum Map: Include the program curriculum map depicting the ways in which courses, activities and requirements support all program learning outcomes.
Summary of Previous Results: If the focal learning outcome has been assessed previously, provide a brief (<250 words) abstract of those results.
Brief Description of Departmental Improvements and Changes as related to assessment: If the focal learning outcome has been assessed previously, describe specific changes that have been made (to curriculum, assessment methods, etc.), based on that previous assessment.
Assessment Strategies/Measures/Techniques/Methods: Include brief descriptions of assessment methods used in the program to assess student learning. Examples of assessment methods include exams, portfolios, pre- and post- tests, direct observation of performance, surveys (current students, alumni, employers), focus groups, and national exams.
Assessment Results/Findings/Interpretation: Describe specifically what the assessment results reveal about student learning in the context of the stated focal program learning outcome.
Implications: Describe how results will be used by the department to enhance student learning, including changes to the curriculum, assessment techniques, and/or learning outcomes.
Dissemination of Findings: Describe how the findings of the departmental assessment work will be disseminated, to whom, and for what purpose.
Five-Year Assessment Plan: An updated plan that describes when each PLO will be assessed and reported within the five-year cycle.
2020-2021 Annual Reports' Submission Extension:
According to the Handbook, annual reports are due
the third Thursday in October
. To account for the special circumstances of the COVID-19 pandemic affecting the academic year of 2020-2021, the Assessment Subcommittee postpones the deadline for the submission of the annual assessment reports until
Friday, February 5, 2021
to give programs more time to collect and interpret assessment data as well as to attend one of the following training sessions offered by the Assessment Subcommittee and Assessment Coordinator:
Friday, October 9, 2020, from 2:30 pm to 3:15 pm via Zoom for the
Friday, October 23, 2020, from 2:30 pm to 3:15 pm via Zoom for the
graduate programs. (Postponed to give time to faculty and students to check in and adjust e-learning needs)
Friday, November 13, 2020, from 2:30 pm to 3:15 pm via Zoom for the graduate programs
Please contact the Assessment Coordinator for the Zoom link information.
For assistance or advice on matters related to the assessment of student learning outcomes associated with undergraduate majors or graduate programs, please contact: