Plans for gathering evidence of student learning might include institution-wide or program specific approaches that convey how student learning will be assessed, the data collection tools and approaches that will be used, and the timeline for implementation. Transparent assessment plans are:
â€¢ Descriptive of institutional assessment processes, procedures and activities
â€¢ Inclusive of assessment measures including what they are, how they are applied, and frequency of gathering evidence
â€¢ Clearly expressed and understandable by multiple audiences
â€¢ Prominently posted or linked to multiple places across the website
â€¢ Updated regularly to reflect current activities
â€¢ Downloaded or accessed in a timely fashion by multiple web browsers and download speeds
â€¢ Receptive to feedback or comments on the quality and utility of the information provided
College of SanÂ Mateo
TheÂ Student Learning Outcomes webpage from the College of SanÂ MateoÂ (CSM) is NILOAâ€™s May 2020 Featured Website. Three main goals are listed for assessment: (1) To inform planning by identifying areas of need and/or effective practices around student learning; (2)Â To create a community of practice that supports continuous improvement in student learning; and (3) To enhance students’ educational experience beyond the classroom through sustained interdisciplinary collaboration around shared learning outcomes. To actualize the goals, the CSM provides anÂ overview pageÂ discussing responsibilities for assessing, where assessment happens, andÂ frequently asked questions about assessment. The collegeâ€™s 6 institution-wide learning outcomes are listed, along with detailed information defining the learning outcome and expected knowledge. Website visitors can explore the learning outcomes statements and assessment measures forÂ student services departments, including theÂ Assessment Services/Welcome Center,Â Career Services, theÂ Disability Resource Center, as well as find meeting summaries from theÂ College Assessment Committee. Â Â
TheÂ Assessment ToolkitÂ walks users through theÂ developmentÂ of learning outcomes,Â assessingÂ outcomes, andÂ documenting/reporting. CSM also offers resources onÂ program review, including insight on the purpose of program review and information for the review of instruction and student services. Finally, visitors can findÂ general assessment resourcesâ€”including assessment plan templates, guides, and various workshopsâ€”along with CSMâ€™s assessmentÂ calendarÂ to help inform their practice. For these reasons, the College of SanÂ Mateoâ€™s Student Learning Outcomes webpage is a Featured Website in the category ofÂ Centralized Assessment RepositoryÂ aligning with the Transparency Frameworkâ€™s component ofÂ Â Assessment ResourcesÂ andÂ Assessment Plans.
University of Scranton
The University of Scrantonâ€™sÂ Institutional Effectiveness webpage has a plethora of useful resources, including various institutional survey and research reports, institutional learning outcomes statements, assessment videos, and data on the institutionâ€™sÂ high-impact practicesÂ (HIPs). The universityâ€™sÂ Integrated Planning & Institutional Effectiveness ModelÂ displays how the institutionâ€™s mission and vision are supported by various processesâ€”including assessmentâ€”at the division, departmental, and institutional level. It is also accompanied by a glossary of terms that can provide insight for those new to assessment. TheÂ Planning & Continuous Improvement Guide provides insight into how assessment helps the institution ensure it is meeting its strategic goals and maintaining educational quality.
There are also guides such as theÂ data standards manualÂ to inform gathering, reporting, and use of data, and outline theÂ guiding principles of assessment. Website visitors can also explore theÂ programÂ learning outcomes for each of the University of Scrantonâ€™s current programs. Finally, external stakeholders can visit theÂ consumer information page to find information regarding student outcomes across academic programs, cost of attendance, and institutional accreditation. The latter of which includes mapping institutional goals to Middle Statesâ€™ Accreditation standards. For these reasons, the University of Scrantonâ€™s Institutional Effectiveness webpage is a Featured Website in the category of Centralized Assessment RepositoryÂ aligning with the Transparency Frameworkâ€™s component ofÂ Assessment Plans.