ACE Assessment Digest

The ACE Assessment Digest is a bite-sized email, sent twice a semester, intended to communicate news and resources to help WSU undergraduate academic programs implement good program assessment practices and leverage available resources. See below for the current issue and an archive of past issues.


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ACE Assessment Digest | September 2022

In this issue:

Fall Welcome and Transitions in the Faculty Assessment Coordinator Role in Your Department, School, or Program

As the fall semester moves into full swing, we look forward to opportunities to support your work on program-level assessment of student learning.

If you are no longer serving in the Faculty Assessment Coordinator role for an undergraduate degree, or are aware of personnel changes in the Faculty Assessment Coordinator role, for your department, school, or program, please let us know at

WSU-wide Summary of 2021 Undergraduate Degree Program Assessment Reports Available

Each summer, we review data from the undergraduate assessment reports submitted by programs and produce summaries for WSU, college, and campus leadership, as well as for our university-wide archives that provide evidence of assessment activities in support of university accreditation. In August, we provided Interim Vice Provost for Academic Engagement and Student Achievement Bill Davis with the 2021 WSU-wide Summary of Undergraduate Degree Program Assessment Reports. See the ACE website for more information and the summary.

We extend appreciation to all faculty and chairs/directors who invested time in program assessment activities, as well as into annual program assessment reporting.

Save the Date: Fall 2022 WSU Celebration of Assessment Excellence

The Fall 2022 WSU Celebration of Assessment Excellence will take place on Tuesday, November 8th from 2-3:15 pm in the CUB Junior Ballroom (video-streaming available). The event will recognize undergraduate degree programs that have used assessment results from senior-level direct measures of student learning, to improve curriculum, instruction, assignments, and/or faculty/TA development, where faculty have participated in the decision and/or implementation.

New Resources in Our Direct Measures Toolkit: Resources for Developing and Refining Direct Measures of Student Learning

An effective system of program-level student learning outcomes (SLOs) assessment includes direct measures providing demonstrated evidence of student performance on those SLOs (i.e., skills and knowledge). Direct measures come in many forms and may vary to best meet the needs of a program.

Our Direct Measures Toolkit includes resources intended to help WSU programs and faculty as they choose, develop, implement, and refine direct measures for assessing student performance on program-level SLOs, including our:

We are also available to collaborate with undergraduate degree programs to design rubrics or other tools to measure student learning on program-level SLOs; contact us for additional information.

2021 Examples of Direct Measures Collected Near the End of the Curriculum at WSU

WSU expects programs to regularly collect direct measures near the end of the curriculum, providing programs with information about student achievement of program-level student learning outcomes as students are completing the curriculum. WSU encourages programs to choose measures that provide useful information to their faculty and fit with disciplinary expectations.

Each year, we compile selected examples of direct measures collected near the end of the curriculum by WSU undergraduate degree programs, as reported in the annual undergraduate degree program assessment reports. The examples are intended to show a range of direct measures collected near the end of the curriculum and are not intended to be exhaustive or show all measures collected by WSU programs.

Linda Suskie’s Seven Characteristics of Good Rubrics

When considering the quality of a rubric for use in program-level assessment, it’s important to consider the entire rubric assessment process—including the assignment given to students, the circumstances under which students complete the assignment, the rubric, the scoring procedure, and the usability of the results. For more information, see Linda Suskie’s blog with seven characteristics of good rubrics.

FYI – Calendar of Fall 2022 Dates Related to Program Assessment

AugEarly AugSpring 2022 [CAPS] instructors receive a pdf copy of their [CAPS] Assessment Report for UCORE from UCORE via email. Note: Typically, assessment in a CAPS course for majors can contribute toward degree program level assessment of student learning – see our resource related to [CAPS] Assessment Reporting for UCORE as part of degree program assessment.
22ndFirst day of instruction for the term.
Sept20thDeadline for undergraduate students to drop a course without record.
Late SeptFall 2022 [CAPS] instructors receive an email from UCORE with initial information about [CAPS] Assessment Reporting for UCORE for the fall term.
Oct1stFall submission deadline for major Curricular Change Requests for new and revised courses & new and revised requirements.
Nov1stProgram assessment coordinators receive an email from ACE with information about 2022 Undergraduate Program Assessment Reporting, including the report planning sheet. ACE is also available to help assessment coordinators complete the report; contact us for additional information.
8thFall 2022 WSU Celebration of Assessment Excellence from 2-3:15 pm in the CUB Junior Ballroom (video-streaming available).
18thDeadline for undergraduate students to withdraw from a course.
DecEarly DecFall 2022 [CAPS] instructors receive their link to the [CAPS] Assessment Reporting for UCORE form in Qualtrics via email (i.e., reporting opens).
9thLast day of instruction for the term.
Mid DecProgram assessment coordinators receive an email from ACE with a unique link to their 2022 Undergraduate Program Assessment Reporting form in Qualtrics. Assessment coordinators can submit their report during the open reporting window — anytime from mid-Dec 2022 through Feb 2023.
20thFinal grade submission ends.
Jan9thFall 2022 [CAPS] Assessment Reports for UCORE are due (i.e., reporting closes).

ACE Support for Program Assessment Efforts

We work with colleges and programs to assess student learning towards the improvement of undergraduate degree programs. ACE also provides assessment support for university-wide undergraduate education, serving all colleges, campuses, and UCORE general education. See What We Do for more information, including our mission.

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September 2022 (PDF)Fall Welcome, WSU-wide Summary of 2021 Undergraduate Program Assessment, New Direct Measures Resources, and More
March 2022 (PDF)Undergraduate Program Assessment Reporting Thank You, Faculty Assessment Coordinator Transitions for AY 2022-23, Internships, Assessment Archives, Sampling and Sample Sizes, and More
January 2022 (PDF)Program Assessment Spotlight: Neuroscience, Resources for Creating Visual Displays of Rubric Data, Reporting Program Assessment Activities in Faculty Annual Review, and More
November 2021 (PDF)Program Assessment Spotlight: Human Development, WSU Examples of Senior-level Direct Measures, NSSE, and More
September 2021 (PDF)Fall Welcome, AY2021-22 Guidance for Undergraduate Program Assessment, WSU-wide Summary of 2020 Undergraduate Program Assessment, and More
February 2020 (PDF)NSSE Toolkit, CAPS Assessment for UCORE
January 2020 (PDF)Assessment in Activity Insight, NSSE for Academic Programs, Assessment Mini-grants
November 2019 (PDF)2019 Celebration of Assessment Excellence, WSU-wide Summary, Examples of Use
October 2019 (PDF)Assessment Planning Resources, Making Assessment Worthwhile
September 2019 (PDF)ATL's Assessment Reporting Process, Warm Syllabi
April 2019 (PDF)Annual Report Drop-in Sessions, Warm Syllabus Workshop
March 2019 (PDF)WSU Featured as Example of Assessment Practice, Setting Benchmarks & Standards
February 2019 (PDF)NSSE and the Student Experience, WSU Qualtrics Summit
January 2019 (PDF)Reporting Assessment in Faculty Annual Review, Improvement Culture, Sampling
December 2018 (PDF)Course Evaluation Tips, Data Analysis Toolkit, Rubrics for Research Papers
November 2018 (PDF)NWCCU Reaffirmation, Assignment Design Resources, Grading Tips
April 2018 (PDF)2018 Undergraduate Program Assessment Reporting
March 2018 (PDF)Assignment Design Workshop, On-site Visit for WSU Accreditation
February 2018 (PDF)Assessment Plan Resources