Assessing Your Program-Level Assessment Plan

By now, most academic programs have an assessment plan. Some of these plans were developed after hours of discussion and debate, while others were plucked from the results of a Google search. Some were inherited from previous program leadership. Still others were borrowed from friends at other universities, or adapted (with more or less success) from other disciplines.

Regardless of the origin of a program’s assessment plan, all assessment plans can benefit from a periodic reevaluation — ideally before the site team arrives on campus for a comprehensive or focus visit on assessment.

This IDEA paper poses fourteen key questions to guide the process of reviewing an assessment plan.

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