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”|
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.