An assessment plan articulates a program’s process and timeline for conducting program assessment activities, and for collecting, analyzing, and using program assessment data. Assessment plans also help communicate the various roles and responsibilities of program leadership and faculty in the assessment process.
Value of Assessment Plans
Program assessment plans support efficient, effective, and sustainable assessment efforts as they can:
- Provide a reasonable scope, scale, and timeline for assessment efforts each year
- Allow for coordination and delegation of assessment efforts for individuals, committees, and other units within departments/schools and colleges, and across multiple campuses
- Contribute to regular documentation practices
- Support succession planning and continuity through expected and unexpected transitions
Assessment Plans at WSU
WSU undergraduate degree programs are responsible for developing and regularly updating an assessment plan for program-level assessment, as appropriate for the program’s emerging needs and priorities. The assessment plan should include the program’s student learning outcomes, curriculum map, a description of assessment measures, a timeline, and an indication of who will be involved in the program’s assessment efforts (ACE has summarized suggested roles and responsibilities for program assessment at WSU, which may aid planning). It can also be helpful to include the purposes of a program’s assessment, including the program’s specific assessment questions related to student learning.
Assessment Plans Toolkit
The resources below are intended to help departments and programs as they develop or update their assessment plan. ACE is available to collaborate with undergraduate degree programs to develop or update assessment plans; contact us for additional information.
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|Quick Guide||ACE - WSU||Assessment Planning Tips for Assessment Coordinators||PDF resource with an overview of assessment planning for faculty assessment coordinators, including how to get started in assessment planning|
|Template||ACE - WSU||Assessment Plan Template||Word doc that serves as a generic assessment plan template for WSU programs; intended to be modified|
|Examples||Various WSU Programs||WSU Examples of Assessment Plans||Webpage featuring a selected sample of assessment plans from WSU programs in various disciplines|
Additional Resources and Scholarship
Hutchings, P. (2010). Opening Doors to Faculty Involvement in Assessment (Occasional Paper #4). Urbana, IL: University of Illinois and Indiana University, National Institute for Learning Outcomes Assessment (NILOA).
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Suskie, L. (2018). Chapter 7: Planning assessments in academic programs. In Assessing Student Learning: A Common Sense Guide. San Francisco, CA: Jossey-Bass.