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Assessment plans for new programs

Assessment of Student Learning (ASL)

In accordance with the Board of Regents Policy and Procedures manual for new programs (undergraduate, graduate, and certificate), an approved Assessment of Student Learning (ASL) plan must be included in the proposal. The ASL plan is created and approved via the following steps:

  • Develop an assessment plan—a template and resources are available for your use (contact the Office of Assessment for assistance and feedback)
  • Confirm faculty approval on the signature sheet
  • Receive approvals from the Office of Assessment (and Graduate School, if appropriate)
  • Complete the signature sheet with the Department Head and Dean
  • Submit Assessment of Student Learning (ASL) with the completed program proposal to the Academic Affairs committee of the Faculty Senate

Follow the guide to developing an assessment plan 

The following describes each portion of the assessment plan:

Student Learning Outcomes (SLO)

(see http://www.k-state.edu/assessment/toolkit/outcomes/instructions.html)

SLOs must be measurable and express the learning that a student is expected to demonstrate upon completion of an academic program. An outcome statement contains all three of the following elements:

  • what is to be learned (knowledge, skill, attitude),
  • what level of learning is to be achieved (criteria, standard), and
  • under what conditions the learning is to be demonstrated
Assessment Method(s) and Timeline

(see http://www.k-state.edu/assessment/toolkit/measurement/

Describe the assessment tools, measures, instruments, and/or forms of evidence utilized to demonstrate students' achievement of the learning outcomes.  Provide information on who is assessed (course(s) and students) and expected levels of student performance (minimum expected level, proficient level, etc.).  The timeline identifies when each outcome will be assessed and data collected. Each outcome must include at least one direct measure.


Faculty Review Process

Describe how program faculty will review the assessment results and process to decide on actions/revisions.

Curricular/Assessment Matrix

(see the tab #Develop Curricular/Assessment Matrix on http://www.k-state.edu/assessment/toolkit/planning/DevelopingPlans.html)

A curricular/assessment matrix is a table with one column for each learning outcome and one row for each course or required event/experience (or vice versa: each row contains a course and each column lists a learning outcome).