Assessment Guidelines

Assessment findings take many forms. Some view assessment as a research project, using descriptive statistics to analyze data, report conclusions, and make recommendations. Still, others produce a narrative describing their assessment process, findings, and what they plan to do. The university uses Box as a repository to collect and store assessment reports. Access to appropiate department Box folders may be provided upon request by emailing [email protected].

For your convenience, we have designed the Annual Program Assessment template and GPAC (general education) Assessment templates that provide the framework for and components needed to complete the assessment. If you want to provide more detail than the template allows, add a narrative at the bottom of the template table.

Assessment Types and Deadlines

Completed annual program assessments should be sent to [email protected]. Due dates for reports in some of the schools is below.

Columbian College: due end of July

School of Medicine and Health Sciences: July 15

Elliott School of International Affairs: June 1

Each major degree program must assess at least one student learning outcome per year with all learning outcomes assessed within a five-year period.

Please list each student learning outcome with the year you intend to assess to ease review and future planning.

Each student learning outcome must have 1 direct and either a direct/indirect measure.

Student learning outcomes should already be pre-determined by the department's curriculum committee and listed in Courseleaf with a curriculum map.

Get more information on program assessment

Access the template for reporting on your assessment of program-level learning outcomes (PDF)

Year I (AY 21/22): Departments and programs will turn in assessment data, reflection on findings, and action plans for all student learning outcomes University-Wide (Tier I) analysis/communication courses plus creative thinking in the arts. Access the template for reporting GPAC courses.

Year II (AY 22/23): Departments and programs will turn in reflections on what you’ve done to change University-Wide (Tier I) courses based on data collection, reflection, and action plan from Year I and whether that has improved learning. You may either fill out columns on findings and interpretation again or simply add the reflection based on analysis. For courses not taught in Year I, assessment starts in Year II. 

Year III (AY 23/24): Bye-year or:

  • For courses not taught in Year I but taught in Year II, complete reflection to Year I. 

  • You may wait for the next assessment cycle for courses taught for the first time in Year III (next assessment AY24/25). 

  • For courses that were not fully assessed in Years I and II, or made up in Year III the course will be removed from GPAC approval.

Please complete the following Google Form

  • Year I (AY 21/22): Turn in syllabi and assignments for all Tier II.
  • Year II (AY 22/23): Bye-year or for Tier II courses not offered in the Year I, turn in syllabi and assignments for those Tier II.
  • Year III (AY 23/24): Bye-year for all courses

Please complete the following Google Form

  • Year I (AY 21/22): Turn in syllabi and assignments for all WID courses.
  • Year II (AY 22/23): Bye-year or for WID courses not offered in the Year I, turn in syllabi and assignments for those WID courses.
  • Year III (AY 23/24): Bye-year for all courses

Forms and Documents