The Six-Step Assessment Process

Assessment is an ongoing process aimed at continuous improvement of student learning. At CSUF, assessment follows a 6-step cycle:

Six Step Assessment Loop

The Six Steps of Assessment

  1. Develop student learning outcomes that align with the university's mission,
    the university's student learning goals, and (if applicable) the accreditation
    requirements of the respective discipline
  2. Develop and implement methods of assessment involving direct and indirect and measures
  3. Determine criteria for success
  4. Collect and analyze data
  5. Plan (and execute) improvement actions
  6. Document assessment and improvement activities.

Important questions to ask when conducting assessment:

  • What do we want our students to learn - at the course level, program level, and the university level?
  • How are our students doing? How do we know?
  • What evidence do we need to know to determine how well our students are learning?
  • How do we use the data to confirm or improve our teaching and learning practices?
  • What impacts do our improvement actions have on student learning?
  • How are we documenting the assessment and improvement activities and outcomes?