Assessment Guidelines for Departments

The following guidelines should help academic departments and their Chairs to implement Outcomes Assessment policy in compliance with NEASC standards.

Tier I: NEASC E-Series Grid (Overview)

Category: Department; Division; Degree Program or Office (1) Where are the learning outcomes published? Include URLs where appropriate. (2) Other than GPA, what evidence is used to determine that students have achieved the stated outcomes? (3) Who interprets the evidence? What is the process? (4) What changes have been made as a result of using the evidence? (5) Date of most recent program review
Example: Social Work Department BA in Social Work http://www.wcsu.edu/sw/assessment/ Senior Integrative Seminar (SW 350) and Field Placement Evaluations (SW 320, 321) Department faculty meet as a group to review student performance in the field and capstone courses annually. Assignments have been changed to increase student contact with social work policy and research content. October 2013

Tier II: Student Learning Outcomes (Details)

For each department, division, or other unit, specify Student Learning Outcomes (SLO), and indicate any feedback for outcomes assessed more than once.

Student Learning Outcome:
Goal; Objective or Competency
Bench-mark(s) for success/ proficiency How Assessed When Assessed Assessment outcome(s) compared to benchmark(s) Feedback: Improvement from prior assessment(s) “Closing the loop”
Example:
Students will be able to recognize ethical behaviors.
Score of 3 or higher on a 4-point rubric Team of faculty scoring student projects End of spring semester for rising juniors completing SW 3XX 85% scored 3 or higher on a 4-point rubric Last year 75% scored 3 or higher on a 4-point rubric

Approved by the Assessment Committee on January 24, 2018. For a more detailed presentation, please see the Busy Person’s Guide to Assessment.

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