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Program Assessment Toolbox

Program assessment is the collection, review, and use of information about student learning undertaken for the purposes of improving academic programs. It is the summative assessment of student learning at the end of a four-year degree program. Assessing at the program level let's faculty know if students are mastering the knowledge, skills, and dispositions of the program to be successful after graduation. Conducting program assessment is a five-step iterative cycle:

assessment cycle

The following resources provide guidance on each step of the cycle. The quick look version provides a short overview of the topic, generally with definitions, why the topic is important, and a checklist to evaluate the topic. The in-depth version includes all of the information in the quick look and also includes guidelines and a process for creating or revising materials related to the topic, examples of the topic, and additional resources for the topic.

Program Assessment Plan Template, Checklist, and Example


Program Mission Statement
Program Learning Outcomes