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Program Assessment Series

The Program Assessment Workshop Series consists of three hands-on workshops that will help departments/programs jumpstart program assessment. This series is recommended for program chairs, directors, and assessment coordinators to gain knowledge about program assessment. Chairs/Directors may request workshops for their entire faculty. Participants will gain skills needed to lead their program faculty through assessment planning. 

Program Learning Outcomes   

This workshop provides an overview of the importance of program-level student learning outcomes. Participants will discuss best practices for writing program-level learning outcomes, will learn a process for leading groups in writing outcomes, and will practice writing program-level learning outcomes for their own program. 

Curriculum Mapping  

Curriculum mapping is a method of analyzing the relationship between program curriculum and program-level student learning outcomes. Curriculum mapping at the program level can identify academic gaps, redundancies, and misalignments in the curriculum, allowing us to restructure programs to be more effective. In this workshop, participants will create curriculum maps for their own programs and begin analyzing their program curriculum. 

Program Assessment Methods  

Programs can use a variety of methods (e.g., existing course exams, assignments, projects, and standardized tests) to understand the extent to which students have achieved program-level student learning outcomes by the time students complete the program. Assessment methods should provide enough data to measure student learning related to the outcome and should not be overly burdensome for departments to collect. When selecting methods to assess program-level student learning outcomes, programs are guided by the questions, “How well do students perform relative to the learning outcomes?” Through lecture, discussions, and activities, participants will learn about assessment methods and begin the process to identify methods for their own program.