Institutional Mission Statement A public declaration that an institution uses to describe the high-level goals for the future.
Program Educational Objectives Broad statements that describe what graduates are expected to attain within a few years after graduation. Program educational objectives are based on the needs of the program’s constituencies and they should be reviewed periodically to remain consistent with the institutional mission and the program’s constituents’ needs.
Principles of Program Assessment
  • Student learning is cumulative over time: What students learn in one course, they use, practice, and develop in other courses.
  • Data collection should be focused on the cumulative effect of student learning and influences
Student OutcomesWhat students are expected to know and be able to do by the time of graduation. These relate to the knowledge, skills, and behaviors that students acquire as they progress through the program.
Performance IndicatorsSpecific, measurable statements identifying student performance(s) required to meet student outcomes
AssessmentAssessment is one or more processes that identify, collect, and prepare data to evaluate the attainment of student outcomes. Effective assessment uses relevant direct, indirect, quantitative and qualitative measures as appropriate to the outcome being measured. Appropriate sampling methods may be used as part of an assessment process.
EvaluationEvaluation is one or more processes for interpreting the data and evidence accumulated through assessment processes. Evaluation determines the extent to which student outcomes are being attained. Evaluation results in decisions and actions regarding program improvement.
Curriculum MapA map that (a) Demonstrates alignment of the curriculum with student outcomes and performance indicators, and (b) Enhances decisions about where to collect data for formative/summative assessment
Learning Activity DesignTo design specific activity to measure student performance(s) required to meet student outcomes