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The academic programs goals provide general statements about knowledge, skills, attitudes and values expected in graduates.  

You may need to include a program review improvement outcome to your plan.  Examples are outcomes to improve the recruitment into the program, linkages with employers to improve employment rates, and/or changes to reflect employer satisfaction or input into program design.  There may also be system improvement outcomes such as a coordinated review of program outcomes or a structured approach to review/revision of course level outcomes.

The appendix provides an overview of how to develop student learning outcomes.  

Worksheet Academic #2: Assessment Plan

This worksheet builds upon the results from worksheet #1 and using the approach for developing evaluation questions (largely based on National Science and Kellogg Foundations materials). Data sources to answer the evaluation questions are identified, sampling techniques states and what type of analysis might be performed.  A timeline of major assessment activities is also included.    

The appendix provides an explanation of evaluation questions, examples and processes for their development.

Worksheet Academic #3: Assessment Report

This worksheets provides a means of reporting tied directly to the data sources and is intended to assist in both answering the evaluation questions and “closing the loop” or stating how the results will be used to improve program delivery.   

Web Sites and References for Assessing for Learning

League for the Innovation in the Community College at http://www.league.org/index.cfm provides information on developing learning centered community colleges. Of special interest for assessment is “An Assessment Framework for the Community College” at http://www.league.org/publication/whitepapers/0804.html.  Take special note of the table on page 6 of the paper that links the principles of a learning centered college to assessment opportunities.

The American Evaluation Association at http://www.eval.org/ provides access to best thoughts and practices for evaluation.  Of special note is the “American Evaluation Association Guiding Principles for Evaluators at http://www.eval.org/Publications/GuidingPrinciples.asp.

The Education Testing Services provides information on developing a culture of evidence at http://www.ets.org/Media/Campaign/2306/proceedings.html.  Links to documents, articles

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