Developing an Assessment Plan
Using the Assessment Map for the POs as guides, each program should develop a Multi-year Assessment Plan.
Here are some guidelines on how to develop a multi-year assessment plan:
- Limit the number of POs to 5-7.
- Determine a realistic assessment plan cycle, i.e. how long (e.g. 7 years) your unit can complete meaningful assessment of all POs.
- Create a multi-year assessment plan that assesses an appropriate number of POs a year. It is more important to conduct high quality assessment of a small number of POs (e.g. 1-2) per year than assessing all POs at once in a superficial manner.
- Make sure the assessment plan is developed and carried out by the entire unit; this should not be the responsibility of one or few individuals.
Use multiple methods and data sources to collect evidence of performance.
- Use multiple methods and data sources to collect evidence of performance.
- Think about how the data can be used to inform practice change; focus on evidence that can be acted upon.
- Make sure the assessment plan is manageable and sustainable over time.
- Allow flexibility in the assessment plan to “carry over” POs from one year to the next, particularly if the assessment findings are unsatisfactory and improvement actions are implemented.
Example Multi-year Assessment Plan for 2012-2019:
|PO Number and
|Direct Assessment||Indirect Assessment||Timeline||Status|
|PO-01: Assessment System||1) Advise tool choices
2) Acquire online tool
3) Facilitate initial setup of tool
PO1 met successfully
|PO-02: Classroom Technology Resources||1) Technology installation
2) Installation documentation
|Conduct faculty survey||Year 2
|PO-03: IT Staff Development||Provide professional development opportunities||Conduct annual climate survey||Year 3
|Assessment completed; PO-02 not met, and “carried over” to Year 4 (AY 2015-16)|
|PO-04: Campus-wide Network Coverage||Implement WiFi and network expansion plan||Conduct annual survey of campus community||Year 4 (AY 2015-2016)||Planned|