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Program Evaluation and Assessment

Program Evaluation and Assessment

Program evaluation refers to the process by which a program collects and analyzes information in order to improve effectiveness. Examples may include, but are not limited to:

  • analyzing information related to student employment after graduation,
  • student satisfaction with courses,
  • credit load in the program,
  • number of courses taught as part of the general education program, 
  • scholarship in the program,
  • service in the program.

In contrast, assessment refers to the specific process of collecting and analyzing information that is used to improve student learning. Programs that do not hold or that are not seeking specialized accreditation are required to maintain an updated Assessment Plan

Every program is required to submit the Annual Program Report by June 15. In addition, each program will undergo a formal self-study and external review using this schedule.

All requirements, and more details, may be found in the Academic Program Evaluation and Assessment document.

Each department is also expected to maintain the list of Course Learning Outcomes that are consistent for each section of a course regardless of location or modality.