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Assessment Resources

All Academic Programs and Administrative Units conduct assessment annually.

Academic Programs

Student Learning Outcomes Assessment for educational programs occurs every academic year. Program heads conduct learning outcomes assessment throughout the year and compile a summary of the process into an assessment report, which is due May 15 each year (the last day of faculty contracts). Faculty may choose to report their assessment results over an academic year or a calendar year. Program Heads are expected to submit assessment reports to their division dean and to the Director of Institutional Effectiveness. The Division Dean ensures that the program heads submit reports by the deadline and that the reports are complete. The Director of Institutional Effectiveness reviews the reports, and works throughout the year with faculty to improve the assessment process, clarify information within the report, and strengthen the overall quality of the assessment process and ensuing report.

Assessment Resources for Academic Programs
What to include and how to structure the report Tips for writing a report and an example of a completed report Standards for assessment quality
Academic Program Assessment Report Outline PDF Assessment Report Writing PPT Assessment Evaluation Rubric 1.0 PDF
Assessment Report Template DOCX Assessment Report Example PDF

Administrative Units

Directors/Vice Presidents that oversee offices, departments, and divisions are responsible for completing an assessment report every year. Unit directors and division vice presidents develop yearly measurable outcomes that align with departmental goals and incorporate appropriate President’s Goals. Together, these goals and outcomes form the foundation for determining institutional effectiveness. These goals and outcomes are used to establish an assessment plan, which is due by late September. Initial findings from the plans should be identified by March 15th in time for budget requests to be informed by assessment data. Because other data are not collected until the end of the academic year, a final assessment report is due by May 31st.

The Assessment Report is submitted to the respective unit director’s Vice President, or, in the case of the Division Vice Presidents, the reports are sent to the President. Unit directors take the summer months to incorporate annual institutional initiatives into their planning processes, incorporate changes based on the prior year’s results, and develop new departmental outcomes. Unit directors and supervisors then meet to discuss the previous year’s reports and plans for the next year by late September.

Assessment Resources for Administrative Units
What to include and how to structure the report Tips for writing a report and an example of a completed report Standards for assessment quality
Assessment Report Outline PDF Assessment Report Writing PPT Assessment Evaluation Rubric 1.0 PDF
Assessment Plan Template I DOCX Assessment Report Example I PDF
Assessment Plan Template I DOCX Assessment Report Example II PDF
Assessment Plan Template III DOCX Assessment Report Example III PDF

Other Assessment Resources

NC State University has one of the most comprehensive websites for online assessment resources. If you are interested in learning more about assessment in order to improve student learning, check it out here.