Characteristics of a good departmental/unit assessment plan

The plan flows from the mission statement.

The focus is on the major (i.e., degree program) as a whole rather than on individual courses.

The number of critical learning objectives is small.

The assessment plan is a product of input and discussion by the entire department/unit (faculty and students).

The plan is integrated into the curriculum or services provided.

The plan is ongoing rather than periodic.

The plan is manageable.

The plan uses multiple measures, bothqualitative & quantitative and direct & indirect measures.

Students understand their role in assessment (how it will be used and how it can help them).

The results of assessment activities are used by faculty/units to improve; they are seen as a means rather than an end.

 

Source: Concordia College; Ball State University; Higher Learning Commission (NCA)